"I think if the guys keep working hard in the offseason and don't come into spring training like, 'I deserve a spot on this team,' but earn a spot, I think we're going to have a good team next year," Bell said.
Gonzalez joined Nate Colbert as the only players in the Padres' 41-year history with two seasons of 35 or more home runs. Colbert hit 38 in both 1970 and '72.
"Adrian's just putting up his numbers," Bell said. "He's one of the best hitters around, and I just think he gets overshadowed or overlooked because he's in San Diego. But he can crush the ball. I don't really think he's having an outstanding year. He's just having an average year for him."
Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in San Diego's first three runs against Hiroki Kuroda (5-6), who returned from the disabled list and gave up four runs and four hits over five innings in his first start since getting hit in the head with a vicious line drive Aug. 15 at Arizona.
"I was very satisfied with the way he came through it tonight," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I thought he competed very well. I thought his stuff was good, but he might have just been a little bit rusty as far as command."
San Diego's starting pitchers in this series - Wade LeBlanc, Mat Latos and Tim Stauffer - all began this season in the minor leagues. But the last-place Padres still managed to win two games from the NL West leaders, whose margin over Colorado was reduced to 3 1/2 games.
The Dodgers, who set a modern major league record with their 13-0 home start, have won only one of their last seven series at Chavez Ravine.
Stauffer (4-6) won his third straight start, allowing three runs - one earned - and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings after departing with a 4-1 lead.
Rockies 13, Diamondbacks 5
At Denver, Chris Young hit three home runs for Arizona, but Seth Smith connected twice and drove in a career-high five runs as Colorado completed a three-game sweep.
Ian Stewart and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies, who extended their NL wild-card lead to two games over San Francisco.
Jorge De La Rosa (14-9) won for the 12th time in his last 14 decisions.
Nationals 5, Marlins 4
At Washington, Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to end the Nationals' eight-game skid.
Willie Harris started a three-run rally in the ninth with a homer off Leo Nunez (4-5).
Brewers 2, Giants 1, 12 innings
At Milwaukee, Prince Fielder hit a solo homer in the 12th inning for the Brewers, who turned their first triple play in 10 years.
Fielder connected against Merkin Valdez (2-1) for his 37th homer.
Mitch Stetter (4-1) pitched the 12th for the win.
The Brewers turned the triple play in the sixth on Aaron Rowand's hard grounder. Third baseman Casey McGehee fielded the ball right on the bag. McGehee touched third and threw to second baseman Felipe Lopez, whose relay to Fielder beat Rowand by a step.
Reds 4, Braves 2, 12 innings
At Atlanta, Micah Owings walked off the field after getting beaned with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and Cincinnati picked up its seventh consecutive win.
Owings (7-12), who pitched two scoreless innings, was hit on the batting helmet by an 0-1 fastball from Kenshin Kawakami (7-11).
Joey Votto scored on the play and Corky Miller followed with a sacrifice fly.
Pirates 6, Cardinals 5
At Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones capped a two-run rally in the ninth with an RBI single and the Pirates stopped a nine-game skid.
The Pirates are one loss away from a record 17th consecutive losing season. No team in any of the four major American pro sports - major league baseball, the NFL, NBA or NHL - has had 17 consecutive losing seasons.
Mets 4, Cubs 2
At New York, Daniel Murphy homered, tripled and drove in four runs to back Mike Pelfrey's eight efficient innings.
Pelfrey (10-10) allowed five hits in his longest outing this year. It was the first time New York won a series since taking three of four games against Colorado from July 27-30.
Francisco Rodriguez, pitching on his bobblehead day, got his 30th save in 35 chances.
Astros 4, Phillies 3
At Houston, Bud Norris pitched six efficient innings for his first win in a month and Carlos Lee had a two-run single for the Astros, who have won seven of eight at home.
Norris (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits to earn his first victory since Aug. 12. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances.
Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Jayson Werth homered for the Phillies. Cole Hamels (8-9) lost for the fourth time in seven starts.Sign up for breaking news alerts from FOXSports.com!