The Padres, recent off a triumphant swing by way of the Bay Space, stayed scorching in Los Angeles, the place they shut down the hard-hitting Dodgers 7-1 Friday.
The victory stored the momentum going after their sweep of the San Francisco Giants, because the Padres gained their fourth straight on the energy of a seven-inning, two-hit efficiency by Yu Darvish.
The starter, who had 9 strikeouts, additionally hit a private milestone, recording the three,000th punch out of his skilled profession, break up between his time enjoying in Japan and within the Main Leagues.
The offense backed him up with three dwelling runs, together with Manny Machado’s third in 5 video games. He and Brandon Drury every hit two-run homers within the third, off Dodger starter Dustin Might. Jurickson Profar added a three-run blast within the sixth.
The Dodgers emitted a murmur of protest within the backside of the ninth with a double by Justin Turner and a single by Joey Gallo, however Nabil Crismatt regained management and shut them down.
With the win, the Padres improved their possibilities of snagging a wild-card spot in baseball’s expanded playoff format. Atlanta leads the wild-card race by 8.5 video games, however the Padres slipped forward of the Philadelphia Phillies by a half sport for the second slot Friday.
In addition they gained a sport on the Milwaukee Brewers, who’re chasing San Diego and Philadelphia to try to safe the third and last spot.
One other good signal – the Friars broke by way of towards the Dodgers, who’ve gained 17 of their final 19 matchups. They meet eight extra occasions earlier than the season ends, so supervisor Bob Melvin is aware of the group’s playoff possibilities can be closely affected by how they play towards L.A.
“I believe it’s pure to have certain quantity of urgency this time of 12 months,” he advised Bally Sports activities San Diego. “You’d actually hope that.”
The Padres ship Sean Manaea to the mound Saturday, adopted by Mike Clevinger on Sunday.