Mookie Betts hit a decisive three-run homerun with two strikeouts in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Saturday night.
The Dodgers stayed at 2 1/2 gamesbehind San Francisco, leader of NL West.
Betts completed four of the Dodgers' five runs. He had a sacrifice volley in the third which made it 2-0. fts-responsive- image>
Fernando Tatis Jr. had a two-point shot, his 38th leading the NL, on the prem1st throw from Walker Buehler who tied the game at 2 in the fourth.
Buehler (14-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. The right-hander took out five and walked two.
"Tonight was probably not my best, " said Buehler, whose 2.31 ERA is three points behind. NL leader and teammate Max Scherzer. "Forget it now.
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Buehler shot a key goal from Chris Paddock who set up Betts, who blew their 20th homer on Craig Stammen's first pitch.
Paddock (7-7) got the first two outs of the fifth, then Gavin Lux shot a simple. He made Buehler walk on four pitches before being shot, having throwne 30 more throws than Buehler at that point.
"Still a bit of a struggle to get back on track after this long month off " said Paddock, making his third start since his exit from the wounded list with a left oblique stump. "In the last start the bike was also down against the Astros. I just had a little dead arm.
Paddock allowed four runs and three hits in 4 2/3 sleeves. The right-hander pulled out four and walked two.
Kenley Jansen retired the team in the ninth for his 32nd save.
Betts were also strong defensively. He managed to catch a sinking liner from Trent Grisham with a runner in second to finish in seventh.
The Padres finished 5-4 in eighth on straight RBI singles by Former Dodger Manny Machado and Tatis opposite Blake Treinen. Joe Kelly came in and took out Wil Myers and Tommy Pham on seven combined shots to block Tatis in third place.
"When Joe Kelly is healthy he's pretty electric and he's got it. shown, "Buehler said. .
Machado had three hits, scored two runs and led another.
"The way Manny and Tatis swung the bats for us, it 's was encouraging, ”Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. "I have to hope that some of this becomes contagious from top to bottom of the order.
Dodgers: INF -DE Chris Taylor had the night off. He suffers from an unspecified neck injury, although it was not severe enough to land him on the IL. He made it worse on Friday after he took a hold on the wall. "That neck thing really checked him out " said Roberts.
Tatis returned to his natural shortstop position and went 3 for 4 following All- La star Jake Cronenworth was injured on Friday. Cronenworth sustained a small fracture to his left ring finger after being hit by a throw. Tatis first moved away from the shortstop to protect his left shoulder, which has been partially dislocated several times this year. But playing him in the outfield, where he moved last month, meant the Padres had to seat one of three outfielder - Myers, Pham and Grisham - every day. And San Di ego desperately needs to be offended as the team tries to land the second NL wildcard.
Machado 's six home runs at Dodger Stadium are the most marked by a Padre in a single season, overtaking Nate Colbert, who had five in 1971.
Padres: LHP Blake Snell (7-6, 4.22 ERA) has had an inconsistent season with a great run since early August.
Dodgers: RHP Max Scherzer (13-4, 2.28) is 9-0 with a 2.23 ERA in his last 15 departures since June 4.