The Los Angeles–Mookie Bates hit a tiebreaking three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning and on September 11, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 5–4.
The Dodgers finished 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco.
Bates scored four of the Dodgers’ five runs. In the third he had a sacrificial fly that made it 2-0.
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run shot on Walker Buehler’s first pitch, his NL-leading 38th, to tie the game at 2 in the fourth.
Buehler (14-3) conceded two runs and six hits in seven innings. The right-handed batsman scored five runs and went for two.
“Tonight was probably not my best,” said Buehler, whose 2.31 ERA is three points behind NL leader and teammate Max Scherzer. “Forget about it now.”
Buehler made a crucial move from Chris Paddock that set up Bates, who blasted his 20th homer on Craig Stamen’s first pitch.
Paddock (7-7) took the first two out of the fifth and then Gavin Lux took a single. He went on four pitches before pulling Buehler, throwing 30 more pitches than Buehler at the time.
“It’s still kind of a fight to get back in the groove after that long month,” said Paddock, making his third start after coming off the injured list with a left oblique strain. “Last start was down against the Velo Astros as well. Just kind of a go at having a little dead hand.”
Paddock conceded four runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-handed batsman scored four runs and went for two.
Kenley Jensen retired from the team in ninth place for her 32nd defense.
Bates was solid defensively as well. He finished seventh with a shoe-top catch of a sinking liner off Trent Grisham with a runner in second.
The Padres closed 5-4 in the eighth on back-to-back RBI singles by former Dodgers Manny Machado and Blake Trainan’s Tatis. Joe Kelly came in and dismissed Will Myers and Tommy Pham on a combined seven pitches to push Tatis to third.
“When Joe Kelly is healthy, he’s so electric and he showed that,” Buehler said.
Machado had three hits, scored two and drove in another.
“The way Manny and Tatis batted for us was encouraging,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. “Hopefully some of them become contagious up and down the order.”
by Beth Harris
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times