SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kiké Hernández scored the tiebreaking run on shortstop Luis Urias‘ throwing error with two outs in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 Wednesday night after Kenley Jansen blew his seventh save on a wild pitch in the ninth.
The Dodgers’ magic number for clinching their seventh straight NL West title is down to nine. They took two of three against San Diego after losing two of three to the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium last weekend.
Padres All-Star Kirby Yates (0-5) retired Chris Taylor and Corey Seager in the 10th before walking Hernández, who stole second. Urias made a tough, short-hop pickup of a ball hit sharply by Russell Martin, but then overthrew first base for an error that allowed Hernandez to score. Pinch-hitter Will Smith singled and A.J. Pollock followed with an RBI single.
The Dodgers took a 4-3 lead into the ninth and Jansen (4-3) was trying for his 28th save. But he allowed Francisco Mejia‘s leadoff double to left field that fell in just in front of Taylor’s sliding attempt. Mejia advanced on Urias’ flyout to right and scored on Jansen’s wild pitch.
Casey Sadler pitched the 10th for his first major league save.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda bounced back from an early 2-0 deficit and hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the second.
The two relievers walked three batters in the inning, and it cost the Padres. Wingenter allowed two walks, a single and Corey Seager’s RBI groundout before he made way for Luis Perdomo. He walked Martin before Maeda singled to right to bring in Taylor and Hernández.
Maeda allowed two runs and two hits in six innings while striking out three and walking three.
Wingenter permitted three runs on one hit in 1 1/3 innings, struck out two and walked two.
Hernández hit an RBI single in the eighth for a 4-2 lead but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
Hosmer homered for the Padres in the eighth, his 20th, off Pedro Baez.
Dodgers: Max Muncy sustained a bruised right wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Matt Strahm in the fifth and came out of the game. Muncy was replaced by pinch-runner Jedd Gyorko, who remained in the game at first base while Hernández moved to second. Cody Bellinger moved from first to right field.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-4, 2.00 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night’s opener of a four-game series at Arizona. The Diamondbacks counter with RHP Merrill Kelly (9-13, 4.86).
Padres: Rookie RHP Chris Paddack (7-7, 3.84) starts Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at San Francisco. The Giants will go with RHP Dereck Rodriguez (5-6, 5.26).
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