Dodgers finally score, beat Padres on Pederson’s HR in 8th
It took nearly a week, but the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to score again.
Joc Pederson homered on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning and their anemic offense mustered just enough to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Friday night.
Pederson’s 11th home run — tops on the team — landed in the right-field pavilion off Joaquin Benoit (4-2) with one out.
"We’ve had runners in scoring position the last few days and no one really came through," Pederson said. "Just trying to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it."
Chris Hatcher (1-0) threw one pitch to earn his first major league win in his fifth season in the big leagues, all as a reliever. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his second save.
It was the Dodgers’ eighth one-run victory over the Padres at home since June 3, 2013.
The Padres tied the game 1-all in the seventh on Will Venable’s RBI single that scored Derek Norris, who had a ground-rule double. The Dodgers unsuccessfully challenged after Norris was called safe sliding home when it appeared his right leg went over the top of the plate without touching it.
Andre Ethier’s RBI double gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the fifth and snapped their streak of 35 consecutive scoreless innings, which tied a Los Angeles record set from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 1962, and was the third-longest in franchise history. The Dodgers were coming off getting swept in three shutout games at San Francisco and had not scored since the fourth inning last Sunday.
"We’ve been hitting so good all year and you’re not going to do it all year," Dodgers starter Zack Greinke said.
Greinke allowed six hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked one. The right-hander has given up three earned runs in his last four starts.
"Zack pretty much dominated that game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He was outstanding."
Andrew Cashner gave up five hits and one unearned run in six innings, struck out three and walked one. His 12 unearned runs lead the majors.
"My thought was don’t give up any runs," Cashner said.
Padres: OF Wil Myers is doing therapy for the left wrist tendinitis that landed him on the DL.
Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal left in the fourth after being struck in the mask with both a bat and a foul ball. He was replaced by A.J. Ellis. Grandal took a foul ball by Matt Kemp off his mask and was struck by Yangervis Solarte’s backswing. Grandal was already scheduled to get the day off Saturday. … OF Carl Crawford has increased his workouts but is still feeling discomfort from an oblique injury he sustained on April 28. … OF Yasiel Puig continues to feel tightness in his left hamstring, which he hurt for a third time in a rehab game on May 8.
Hyun-Jin Ryu said he knew two years ago there was a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but he thought he could pitch through it. The initial MRI he had upon signing with the Dodgers showed the tear. "I knew that as time was passing by, there wasn’t any better solutions," Ryu said through a translator. "The earlier decision was better. It was my choice." Mattingly said Ryu had started throwing bullpen sessions and his velocity was improving before he suddenly took a turn for the worse. Ryu had surgery this week and is expected to be back for spring training next year.
The Dodgers completed a minor league trade with the White Sox on Friday, acquiring left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp in exchange for right-handed pitcher Blake Smith. Surkamp has appeared in 42 games (seven starts) in three big-league seasons with the Giants and White Sox, going 4-3 with a 6.20 ERA. He is 3-0 with one save and a 2.81 ERA in 11 games with Triple-A Charlotte. Smith converted to pitching before the 2013 season after originally being selected by the Dodgers as an outfielder in the second round of the 2009 first-year player draft. He has appeared in 16 games with Double-A Tulsa, going 0-3 with three saves and a 1.62 ERA.
Padres: RH Ian Kennedy (2-3, 6.75 ERA) starts the middle game of the series. He allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings with three home runs in an 11-8 loss to the Dodgers at Petco Park on April 25. He has given up 11 runs in 9 2/3 innings over his previous two starts, which he lost to Seattle and Washington.
Dodgers: RH Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 1.04) will face the Padres for the first time as a Dodger starter. He is seeking a career-best third straight win against them.