Fernando Tatís Jr. scored on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres rallied from a late six-run deficit for an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers
LOS ANGELES — Fernando Tatís Jr. scored on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, and the San Diego Padres rallied from a late six-run deficit for an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.
Manny Machado delivered the tying RBI single in the ninth inning for the Padres, who claimed their third win in this dramatic four-game series between Southern California rivals in appropriately theatrical fashion.
San Diego trailed 7-1 entering the seventh, but scored two runs in each of the next three innings to force the defending World Series champs into extras on a chilly night at Chavez Ravine.
After Los Angeles failed to score in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out, San Diego scored without getting a hit in the 11th. Tatís started on second, stole third and scored easily on Hosmer’s long fly off Garrett Cleavinger (0-1), who was making his Dodgers debut and second career major league appearance.
Tim Hill (1-2) escaped his 10th-inning jam by striking out pinch-hitter Clayton Kershaw and rookie DJ Peters, who swung at a fastball well above the strike zone on a full count.
Mark Melancon then earned his eighth save by retiring Mookie Betts and Corey Seager with two runners on to secure another remarkable victory for the Padres in a game that lasted a few seconds less than five hours.
With this impressive comeback, San Diego has won four of its last five matchups with LA after the powerhouse Dodgers took the first two at Petco Park last weekend.
Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Sheldon Neuse also homered during a five-run sixth inning by the Dodgers. Justin Turner drove in two early runs for the defending World Series champs.
Victor Caratini drove in two runs in the seventh for San Diego, and he singled and scored in the ninth before Machado brought home Tatís, who had hit his fifth homer in three games way back in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers’ bullpen wasted an outstanding start by Dustin May, who yielded two hits and struck out a career-best 10 over six dominant innings. Although he gave up Tatís’ latest big homer, the big redhead otherwise stifled San Diego’s powerful lineup — which had no problems against LA’s relievers.
Caratini had a two-run single in the seventh, and Eric Hosmer had an RBI single during San Diego’s two-run eighth. The Padres then strung together four singles in the ninth to even it.
Joe Musgrove labored through three innings for the Padres, giving up two runs and three hits on 77 pitches — but the Dodgers also stranded nine runners in the first five innings, and it came back to haunt them.
Max Muncy drew four walks in the first six innings, matching his career high.
This high-intensity series even had more drama between games.
Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer got on social media to question whether Tatís peeked back at the catcher’s signal in the sixth inning before hitting his second home run Saturday. Bauer said he’s fine with Tatís’ homer celebrations, but possibly stealing signs is “the type of stuff that would get you hit in other games.”
Bauer also quote-tweeted a video of the incident with a message to Tatís: “If you need to know what pitch is coming that badly, just ask daddy nicely.”
Tatís replied with a photoshopped version of himself holding a child with Bauer’s face, along with the caption “Tranquilo hijo” (calm down, son).
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about the brouhaha before the game, and although he wasn’t aware of the online exchange, he replied: “When you talk about peeking, that’s just not the way you play baseball. If that is the case, which I don’t know, that’ll be noted.”
Padres: LF Tommy Pham pulled up with left calf tightness while running to first in the second inning. Jorge Mateo took over in right field while Jurickson Profar moved to left.
Padres: After their first off day in 18 days, Chris Paddack (1-2, 3.50 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday in Phoenix when they open a two-game series against the Diamondbacks.
Dodgers: Julio Urías (3-0, 2.81 ERA) returns to the mound for the first time since striking out 11 Mariners over seven scoreless innings when Los Angeles opens a three-game home series with Cincinnati.
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