Ethier moved past two other players for sole possession of second place in Dodgers history, and he is now five games away from tying Willie Davis for the franchise mark.
Davis recorded a hit in 31 consecutive games from Aug. 1-Sept. 3, 1969.
"I was going up in that inning just to go up there and get things rolling," Ethier said. "[Padres starter Tim Stauffer] has a lot of movement, a lot of good stuff on his pitches. You're not going to go up there and just blast the ball. It's a couple of base hits, a walk, a double that's going to score runs."
The single woke up a dormant offense that Stauffer held in check through three innings. Matt Kemp followed with a single of his own and Juan Uribe walked to load the bases for James Loney, whose sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Ethier has now had at least one hit in 27 of the Dodgers' 28 games this season, extending his Major League record for the longest hitting streak in the month of April.
"It's fun, it's enjoyable," Ethier said. "It's nothing where I'm going to lose sleep at night. I want to go out there and get hits every at-bat, it doesn't matter if there's a streak or not. I want to go out there and get hits and figure out a way to do that. If I haven't gotten one the first two, three at-bats, I'm still going up there trying to get a hit. Not necessarily for the streak, but to add what we're trying to do there as a team."
While Ethier downplayed the significance of the streak, he did acknowledge that it would be special to pass Davis and hold the Dodgers' franchise record.
"Obviously, people take pride in it, and I take pride in being a part of [the Dodgers]," Ethier said. "Any time you can add your name to [the] 120 years the Dodgers franchise has been around, and you can add your name into that history, it's something special because it means a lot of players have come and gone before you and done it."
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.