04/18 18:53 CDT Hosmer delivers late for Padres in 5-2 win over Dodgers
Hosmer delivers late for Padres in 5-2 win over Dodgers
By RICHARD J. MARCUS
SAN DIEGO (AP) --- Eric Hosmer delivered the tying and go-ahead RBIs in the
seventh and eighth innings, helping the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles
Dodgers 5-2 Sunday to avoid a sweep in the first series of the year between the
NL West rivals.
Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer handed off a 2-1 lead to Los Angeles' bullpen
after six innings in tight duel with another Cy Young Award winner, Blake Snell.
Hosmer doubled in the tying run in the seventh off Brusdar Graterol, then
delivered the decisive blow in the eighth. San Diego scored three unearned runs
in the inning stemming from shortstop Corey Seager's throwing error. Hosmer's
sharp single made it 3-2, and Tommy Pham followed with a two-run double into
the left-field corner.
San Diego had lost seven straight in the rivalry, including a three-game sweep
in last year's NL Division Series. The Padres and Dodgers will meet 16 more
times this season, starting with a set next weekend in Los Angeles.
In four previous career starts versus the Padres, Bauer was 0-4 with a 5.06
ERA. Bauer, the 2020 NL Cy Young winner with Cincinnati, was effective his
entire outing, pounding his chest twice after striking out Fernando Tatis Jr.
on a 3-2 fastball to end the sixth and finish his day. Bauer gave up one earned
run and three hits while striking out seven.
Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young winner with Tampa Bay, faced the Dodgers for the
first time since he was fatefully taken out of Game 6 of the World Series last
year after dominating LA for over five innings. He lasted five innings and was
lifted for a pinch-hitter after 95 pitches, giving up two earned runs and two
hits while striking out seven on 98 pitches.
Keone Kela (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Padres and Mark Melancon
notched his sixth save. Reliever Scott Alexander (0-1) took the loss for the
Graterol, activated on Sunday from the 10-day injured list, faced the Padres in
the seventh and gave up a single, double and walk in five batters in two-thirds
of an inning. Hosmer's opposite-field double off the left-field foul line
scored Manny Machado.
In the second inning, Will Smith singled and Chris Taylor smashed an estimated
443-foot, two-run homer to left-center on a 95 mph fastball from Snell to give
the Dodgers a 2-0 edge.
The Padres trailed only 2-1 after Jake Cronenworth hit a knuckle curve from
Bauer for a solo homer in the fourth.
Graterol pitched for the first time since his celebration on the mound in last
year's NL Division Series after teammate Cody Bellinger's sensational catch
robbing Tatis of a home run in Game 2. Graterol's antics angered the Padres and
led to a heated confrontation between the teams.
Dodgers: Placed SS Gavin Lux on the 10-day injured list with right wrist
Padres: RF Trent Grisham was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup due to
left quad tightness but was available on the bench.
Dodgers: RHP Dustin May (1-0, 1.74) is scheduled to start Monday to begin a
two-game series at Seattle.
Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (2-1, 0.47) is scheduled to open a three-game home
series versus Milwaukee on Monday. It will be Musgrove's first home start since
he threw a no-hitter on April 9 at Texas, the first no-hitter in Padres history.
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