Sports Padres beat Dodgers 5-3 for 1st sweep of rivals in 8 seasons
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Texas Rangers thought it was quite appropriate to end their epic road losing streak with one of their most impressive victories of the season. These rebuilding Rangers are all about new beginnings, and they got a big one at Dodger Stadium during their first road victory since May 6. “We’ve got a new streak,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “We’re hoping to build off that one.” Jonah Heim and Nate Lowe had two-run homers among their three hits apiece, and the Rangers emphatically snapped their 16-game road losing skid with a 12-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last time the San Diego Padres swept the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park, in September 2010, right-hander Joe Musgrove was just starting his senior year at Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon.
When the Padres got their most recent sweep of LA, at Dodger Stadium in April 2013, Musgrove was still three years away from making his big league debut.
So yeah, it's a big deal for the hometown kid to be part of a series that had Petco Park rocking for three straight nights.
“I feel like the rivalry is at its best that it’s ever been,” Musgrove said after the Padres hit three solo home runs off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer and beat the Dodgers 5-3 Wednesday night for their first three-game sweep of the NL West rivals in eight seasons.
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“It's a pretty level playing field between the two teams and I feel like we’re starting to show them that you’re not going to walk all over us this year and that we're going to fight, we've got the pieces to do it, and now it's about going out and doing it," said Musgrove, who got a no-decision after pitching six strong innings. “It feels good to be part of that."
The game ended in front of a sellout crowd of 43,961 when pinch-hitter Albert Pujols lined out to third baseman Manny Machado, who finished off a tremendous series defensively by doubling Will Smith off second. That earned Mark Melancon his major league-leading 23rd save.
San Diego is 7-3 this season against the Dodgers, including winning four straight, and has won two of the three series against the eight-time defending division champions. The Dodgers swept the Padres in the NL Division Series in October en route to winning the World Series.
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DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies shook off a monster homer by Fernando Tatis Jr. to beat the stumbling San Diego Padres 8-7 on Wednesday. Tatis hit a 477-foot homer, the longest of his career and his NL-leading 21st. He also doubled, but the Padres lost for the 13th time in 17 games. “Just terrible. There’s no sugar-coating it,” San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said of the just completed 1-5 road trip. The Padres are home for the next 10 games, starting with four against the surging Cincinnati Reds. “I promise you we’re going to be OK,” outfielder Jurickson Profar said.
San Diego has won seven straight games overall, including a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, after losing 13 of their previous 17.
“We've got areas to improve at and we are going to be a better team as the season gets going and down the stretch,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “I don't want to put a ceiling or a cap on what we're capable of because this is the most talented group I've been around. ... I do believe our best ball is still ahead of us, that's for sure."
Trent Grisham drew a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk in the eighth.
With the score tied at 3, Jake Cronenworth, who homered in the first, started the winning rally with a leadoff double off Blake Treinen (1-3) that went off the glove of leaping right fielder Matt Beaty. Machado, who also homered in the first, singled. Victor Gonzalez came on and allowed Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice bunt. Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases before Gonzalez walked Grisham to bring in Cronenworth. Victor Caratini added a sacrifice fly.
Myers homers twice, Paddack fans 11, Padres beat Reds 8-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers made up for lost time with two impressive swings. After struggling for weeks, Myers homered twice and doubled to lead the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Tommy Pham hit a leadoff homer and Chris Paddack struck out 11 in five impressive innings to match his career high. The Padres have hit seven homers in winning the first two games of the four-game series. They came into the series struggling badly after losing 13 of 17 games, including going just 1-5 on a trip through New York and Colorado.
Cronenworth and Machado connected back-to-back with two outs in the first against Bauer, who won the 2020 NL Cy Young Award while with Cincinnati. Caratini gave the Padres a 3-2 lead with a leadoff homer in the seventh.
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The Dodgers tied it in the eighth when Max Muncy doubled and scored on Justin Turner’s opposite-field single to right.
Bauer allowed thee runs and five hits in six-plus innings, struck out 10 and walked four.
After allowing the consecutive homers in the first, Bauer settled down and retired nine of the next 10 batters before getting into and out of a jam in the fourth. After Bauer struck out Machado and Eric Hosmer, he walked Myers and allowed a ground-rule double to Grisham. Caratini was intentionally walked to get to Musgrove, who struck out looking.
Musgrove retired nine of the first 10 Dodgers before Los Angeles broke through in the fourth. Muncy hit a leadoff double, Cody Bellinger — activated earlier in the day — walked with one out and Smith hit an RBI single. First baseman Hosmer went for a reverse double play on Beaty's grounder and forced Smith at second but shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.'s return throw skipped past Musgrove for an error and Bellinger scored.
Darvish fans 11, Padres get 2 big homers to beat Dodgers 6-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yu Darvish said he never envisioned himself as an ace until recently. Well, nothing says it more than 1,500 strikeouts in 197 career starts. Darvish struck out 11 in six brilliant innings to become the fastest big leaguer to reach 1,500 for his career, Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth homered and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the NL West rivals.
Musgrove, who threw the Padres' first no-hitter on April 9, allowed two runs, one earned, and two hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.
“I’m a Padre fan. I grew up in San Diego, so I’ve been living this for a long time and I’ve been watching these series go down and it’s kind of the dream that you get to participate in an action-packed series like this,” Musgrove said.
Tim Hill (4-3) got the win.
Machado homered twice this series and played stellar defense. In the eighth, while playing in right field in a shift, he dived and fell a few feet short of catching Muncy's double.
“That’s a bad man. Just an absolute bad man," Tingler said. “Manny was unbelievable this series.”
Dodgers: Activated Bellinger from the 10-day injured list after he missed seven games with tightness in his left hamstring. To make room, INF Andy Burns was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (7-0, 2.48 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night in the opener of a home four-game series against the Chicago Cubs, who will counter with RHP Zach Davies (4-4, 4.66.
Padres: RHP Chris Paddack (4-5, 4.10) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game home series against the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who will counter with RHP Corbin Martin (0-2, 8.62).
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Dave Stewart says the Dodgers should have taken action against Trevor Bauer and will not attend a celebration of the team's 1981 World Series title.Bauer was given a temporary restraining order last week after it was requested by a 27-year-old woman who has told police in Pasadena, California that she was raped and assaulted by Bauer earlier this season. No charges have been field as he remains under criminal investigation.