LOS ANGELES – Pitching and just enough hitting put the Dodgers back on track.
Julio Uriás hit seven shutout innings for his major league-leading 17th win, Max Muncie hit a two-run homer and Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid as the San Diego Padres beat the San Diego Padres 3–0.
“It was really important for us to get ahead of this series,” Yuris said through a translator. “On a personal note, it’s great to have those wins.”
Uriyas (17-3) slammed three hits, scored seven and scored one run, remaining unbeaten in his last 13 starts, going 8-0 in that stretch. The left-hander hasn’t lost in San Diego since June 21.
“He’s a front-line starter and when he takes on baseball, we expect to win,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Going deeper for him tonight shows his growth and maturity.”
Padres All-Star shortstop Jake Cronenworth was caught on his left arm off a pitch in the third and later left the game. Manager Jayce Tingler said Cronenworth had a small fracture on his left ring finger and would be reevaluated over the next few days.
Kenley Jensen finished ninth to defend her 31st.
The Dodgers finished 2 1/2 games behind NL West-leading San Francisco and improved to a major league-best 47–23 at home with their 15th shutout.
Munsey’s 32nd homer off Joe Musgrove (10-9) gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third. Mookie Bates singles out for the Dodgers’ first hit of the game and runs off Munsey’s shot to the right.
Musgrove conceded three runs and four hits in six innings. The right-handed batsman scored seven runs and went on to a season-high five.
“Just didn’t have a great arsenal to work with,” Musgrove said. “The running obviously hurt me a lot. Just a lot of ruined pitches, a lot of long innings. I made the night excessively hard on myself.”
The Dodgers extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Chris Taylor’s sacrificial fly scored for Will Smith, who doubled and finished third on Musgrove’s wild pitch.
The Padres had only two runners to reach second base by eighth. Blake Trainen released back-to-back, two-out singles to Ha-seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr., leading to a tying run at the plate. But Will Myers swings out to eliminate the threat.
Former Dodger Manny Machado, who was heartbroken, went 0 for 3 with a walk. Tatis was at 2 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Padres’ third consecutive defeat.
Caught in an offensive slump, Taylor made two stellar defensive plays in mid-field. He grabbed an ice-cone against Myers in the fourth and smashed Machado with a two-run homer over the wall to finish fifth.
“He was sitting on that pitch all night, working me to make that pitch,” Uris said. “I thought it was going to go over the fence. Luckily, it didn’t and it was a great play from Chris.”
Taylor almost took the third catch. A ball from Myers went through the end of Taylor’s gloves in the sixth for a two-out double.
San Diego fell into a tie with Cincinnati for the second NL Wild Card.
“Everyone is realizing at the moment that we can’t fix things,” Musgrove said. “The poor performance in the last month and a half has really held us back.”
by Beth Harris
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times