SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mookie Betts made an well-known diving take and Clayton Kershaw starred on the mound and on the plate, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers high the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Saturday night in one other compelling thriller between the NL West rivals.
Kershaw (3-1) struck out eight while working six innings of three-hit ball. He also drew a bases-loaded shuffle against Yu Darvish (1-1) within the fifth, leading Los Angeles to its eighth straight purchase.
“We knew that this was going to be an emotionally intense (sequence) clearly coming right here,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged. “It no doubt lived as a lot as the billing.”
Even with Kershaw’s stellar performance, the matchup wasn’t decided except Betts grew to change into in one other memorable play for the closing out.
With runners on 2nd and third, Tommy Pham hit a sinking liner to heart that appeared as if it was going to tie the sport. But Betts obtained over for a terrific diving grab, after which pounded on his chest in celebration.
“It takes an elite defender in heart to manufacture that play. Masses of issues private obtained to line up,” Roberts acknowledged. “There are correct a handful of guys that doubtlessly might maybe presumably perchance moreover private made that play. It correct speaks to that is the reason he is arguably the particular all-around player in baseball.”
Justin Turner, who homered within the ninth for Los Angeles, acknowledged Betts saved the sport for the World Assortment champions.
“He’s a man who can alternate the sport and affect the sport in so many utterly different strategies,” Turner acknowledged.
Said Kershaw: “That play is basically exhausting to manufacture. For him as a components to pause that is correct one other reason why Mookie is the particular.”
Los Angeles also took the sequence opener Friday night, grabbing the lead for gorgeous when Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking two-hasten homer on Tim Hill’s first pitch of the 12th inning.
The 2nd game of the season sequence was correct as gorgeous.
Kershaw won his third straight open since shedding at Colorado on opening day. Victor Gonzalez obtained two outs for his first keep of the season.
Darvish was terrific for San Diego, allowing one hit in seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
Los Angeles grabbed the lead with a two-out rally within the fifth. Zach McKinstry was hit by a pitch, Luke Raley singled and Austin Barnes walked to load the bases.
Kershaw then walked on a fat-pitch depend, forcing in a hasten. Darvish’s 86-mph cutter was a chunk low and outdoors.
San Diego had runners on the corners with one out within the sixth when Wil Myers hit a pointy grounder up the heart. 2d baseman Chris Taylor grabbed the ball, stepped on 2nd and threw to first baseman Max Muncy for a double play to total the inning.
Turner gave the Dodgers an insurance hasten with a solo pressure off Emilio Pagan within the ninth.
Dodgers: Infielder Gavin Lux was readily accessible to pinch hasten, but he wasn’t allowed to hit as a result of a sore genuine wrist.
Padres: Placed RHP Dan Altavilla on the 10-day injured checklist with genuine elbow inflammation. LHP Matt Strahm (genuine patellar tendon repair) was transferred to the 60-day IL. … 3B Manny Machado started despite jamming a shoulder sliding into 2nd base and having serve spasms on Friday night.
Dodgers genuine-hander Trevor Bauer (2-0, 2.70 ERA) and Padres left-hander Blake Snell (1-0, 3.06 ERA) are slated to pitch Sunday.
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