LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jurickson Profarin the eighth inning. The Padres opened the second season series in Southern California’s lively baseball rivalry with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Trent Grisham , who snapped a three-game skid as they opened a four-game series at chilly Chavez Ravine with the Dodgers‘ first home loss.
Los Angeles took two of three in San Diego last weekend, but the Padres answered with timely hits, strong pitching, and a fantastic inning-ending double play in the eighth, capping another well-played matchup between two stacked rosters.
AJ Pollock and Sheldon Neuse hit back-to-backoff the seventh for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have lost three of four after a 13-2 start to the season. Los Angeles has scored just ten , with several critical hitters injured.
Manny Machado had an early RBI single for San Diego, but Neuse’s firsttied it for Los Angeles, which managed just one hit in the first six innings.
Profar and Victor Caratini singled off Blake Treinen (1-1), leading off the eighth, and Profar put San Diego ahead onJr.‘s double-play groundout.
Profar barely failed to make a diving catch on Will Smith’s tailing fly down the left-field line after a long run, putting two Dodgers in scoring position with nobody out in the eighth.
After Max Muncy grounded out and Pollock was intentionally walked to load the bases, Neuse smoked a 105-mph grounder to second baseman Jake Cronenworth, who barely knocked down the ball. San Diego then turned a double play in which both Dodgers were out by minuscule margins, setting off a raucous celebration in the Padres’ dugout. Nabil Crismatt (1-1) finished the seventh for San Diego. Mark Melancon pitched a dominant ninth for his seventh save.
Walker Buehler gave up four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts over seven innings. Still, the Los Angeles ace was narrowly outpitched by impressive Padres, who hurled 5 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit ball in the 21-year-old’s second major league start.
Both teams entered the series in weeklong offensive slumps, and neitheroff Weathers in the third. Los Angeles finally got its second hit when Pollock delivered his first homer of the season off Emilio Pagán. Neuse followed with a 399-foot blast to center for his first career .
Weathers followed up his first career startagainst the Dodgers with an even more impressive effort, popping his fastball and slider while comfortably handling the champs’ dangerous lineup yet again.
Overall this, Weathers has yielded two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts to the Dodgers across 9 1/3 scoreless innings – and that number rises to 10 2/3 scoreless innings in his career against Los Angeles, counting his relief appearance in last season’s division series.
Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet went on thewith right forearm inflammation and reliever Keone Kela joined him with right shoulder inflammation. Lamet came out of his season after just two innings. Dodgers: CF Chris Taylor and were late scratches from the Dodgers’ starting lineup due to lower back stiffness. … Cody Bellinger still isn’t sure when he’ll return from a . He hasn’t played since April 5, but he took batting practice on the field Thursday for the first the injury.
Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.19 ERA) faces Yu Darvish (1-1, 2.55) in a rematch of last Saturday’s meeting at Petco Park. After for six, Kershaw has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings, while Darvish took the loss against his former teammates despite throwing seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball.