Buehler earns career-high 15th win, Dodgers beat Padres 2-1

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers must win the week to catch NL West-leading San Francisco, and even which may not be sufficient.

The defending World Sequence champions opened their ultimate homestand of the common season with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night time. The Giants beat Arizona 6-4, leaving the Dodgers two video games again with 5 to play. Los Angeles must win out and hope the Giants lose three with a purpose to declare a ninth straight NL West crown.

“We got to take care of our own business,” stated Trea Turner, who had three hits and scored his a hundredth run of the season. “Close game, but all that matters is we won. It’s good to start the week with a win.”

Walker Buehler tossed seven shutout innings to shake off his September stoop and earn a career-best fifteenth victory.

Buehler reached 202 2/3 innings pitched for the primary time in his profession, surpassing his earlier excessive of 182 1/3 in 2019. The suitable-hander additionally went over 200 strikeouts, getting 5 to achieve 201. His profession excessive is 215, set two years in the past.

“Those two numbers together are something I’m definitely proud of,” he stated. “It’s a big thing for me as a starting pitcher to have a year like that.”

Buehler (15-4) allowed three hits in his career-high thirty second begin of the season. He walked two to win for the primary time since Sept. 11, additionally in opposition to the Padres.

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After his ERA acquired decrease in June, July and August, placing him in Cy Younger Award competition, Buehler immediately struggled in September. His ERA for the month reached to 7.32 and he gave up 26 hits and 16 earned runs.

“Just haven’t been as crisp and sometimes you have to simplify,” he stated. “Just trying to get back to myself and I’ve felt closer to that tonight than I have in the last couple outings.”

Buehler got here out aggressively in opposition to the Padres, who had been mathematically eradicated from wild-card competition on Monday.

“To have Walker throw the baseball like he did makes it that much more exciting going forward,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “He was in command all night, in control of all quadrants. Everything he had tonight had teeth.”

Buehler gave up one stroll by means of the primary 4 innings. Eric Hosmer reached on an infield single to Buehler main off the fifth for the Padres’ first hit. Hosmer didn’t final lengthy on the basepaths, getting thrown out at second when Wil Myers hit right into a double play to 3rd.

Trailing 2-0, the Padres threatened within the ninth. Jake Cronenworth hit his twenty first homer off Blake Treinen, who then walked Hosmer with two outs. Hosmer stole second to place the potential tying run on second. Pinch-hitter Tommy Pham took a referred to as third strike to finish the sport. Treinen earned his seventh save.

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The Padres did not have a runner in scoring place till the sixth, when Victor Caratini poked a single into left and took second on Adam Frazier’s stroll. However Fernando Tatis Jr. grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Hosmer was San Diego’s second runner to achieve second base, doubling to left and narrowly avoiding the tag with two outs within the seventh. Turner made an over-the-shoulder catch like a large receiver on Myers’ fly to finish the inning.

The Dodgers, sporting their all blue alternate uniforms, scored within the first on Turner’s RBI double and the third on AJ Pollock’s RBI single.

They’d loads of different probabilities to blow the sport open, drawing 9 walks and stranding 13 runners. They had been 2 for 11 with runners in scoring place.

Followers closely booed Tatis and former Dodger Manny Machado, who wore gold sneakers. The 2 sluggers had been a mixed 0 for 8. Tatis struck out thrice because the Padres misplaced their fourth in a row.

San Diego’s Yu Darvish (8-11) gave up two runs and 5 hits in 4 innings, leaving after he reached 85 pitches. The suitable-hander struck out six and walked 4 in what was seemingly his ultimate begin of the season, though he desires yet another outing after reaching 199 strikeouts for the season.

“I have one more to go to get to 200 strikeouts, so for me, yeah, I’d like to go in and pitch another game,” he stated by means of a translator.

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COMING FOR YA

Turner raised his league-leading batting common to .325, opening a seven-point lead over former Washington teammate Juan Soto, who texted.

“He told me he was coming for me, which I had no doubt in my mind that he was going to be putting good at-bats together,” Turner stated. “Seeing me and him up there is pretty cool.”

BEATING THE PADS

Buehler improved to 6-0 with 76 strikeouts in his profession in opposition to the Padres. He was 4-0 with 42 strikeouts in opposition to them this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Positioned RHP Craig Stammen on IL with flu-like signs. … Recalled RHP Reiss Knehr from Triple-A El Paso.

Dodgers: 1B Albert Pujols went on the COVID-19 IL after not feeling effectively as the results of his second vaccination. … OF Cody Bellinger was activated from the IL after lacking eight video games with a damaged left rib.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Ryan Weathers (4-7, 5.01 ERA) begins Wednesday.

Dodgers: RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 2.28) is 7-0 since coming to LA on the July commerce deadline. He is using an 11-game profitable streak in his final 18 begins since June 4, when he was with Washington.

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