Renfroe, Margot power Padres to win over Dodgers
Renfroe broke through in a scoreless pitchers’ duel with a blast in the seventh inning off Kenta Maeda, his team-leading 27th of the season. He also hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a victory over the Dodgers on Friday night.
Margot’s two-run homer in the eighth off Maeda made it 3-0.
Maeda (7-5) had given up just one hit until Renfroe got to him with two outs in the seventh. The right-hander gave up three runs and four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
Padres starter Chris Paddack pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, throwing 96 pitches, just one off his career high. He gave up three hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Paddack has given up just three earned runs in three starts since a brief trip to the minor leagues last month designed to keep his innings total in check.
The Dodgers looked poised to break through against Paddack in the fifth inning when Matt Beaty doubled, Chris Taylor walked and Russell Martin singled to load the bases with one out. But Paddack struck out Maeda and got the putout at first base on a groundball by Joc Pederson to first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Paddack celebrated the escape with a skip and a fist pump as he retreated to the Padres’ dugout.
The Dodgers avoided the shutout with two outs in the eighth inning. Alex Verdugo doubled to right-center field off Craig Stammen and scored when Padres third baseman Manny Machado was charged with a throwing error after a grounder by Justin Turner.
Los Angeles lost consecutive games for the fifth time since April 23, but has not lost three straight in that stretch. It was the first time the Dodgers lost consecutive games at home since April 12-13 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Padres assured themselves of no worse than a split in the four-game series after losing the previous six matchups against the Dodgers.
Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. was hit in the left elbow by a pitch from Maeda in the eighth inning and went to the ground behind home plate, where he was tended to by a Padres trainer. After a brief delay, he remained in the game.
Dodgers: OF A.J. Pollock (right elbow inflammation) and SS Corey Seager (strained left hamstring) both came out of a minor league game Friday with no issues and remain on track to return from the disabled list Friday at Boston in the opening game of the second half. … INF David Freese (strained left hamstring) also remains on track to return Friday with manager Dave Roberts saying the veteran will not need a rehab game.
Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (6-4, 3.91) has never defeated the Dodgers in four previous starts. Last Sunday, he gave up two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals, and has a 3.38 ERA in 10 starts since the beginning of May.
Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.45) will make his third start since returning to the starting rotation after an injury to LHP Rich Hill. He will enter off a pair of no-decisions, but the Dodgers won both games. Stripling has a 2.61 ERA against the Padres in 38 career innings.
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