The game held a 0-0 score until the Dodgers broke through with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. After CF A.J. Pollock was walked to begin the inning, SS Chris Taylor reach first on a bunt angled towards third. With two runners on, 1B Edwin Rios sent a base hit to right which brought home Pollock and pushed Taylor to third. C Austin Barnes then followed up with another bunt into a fielder’s choice that scored Taylor and brought the score to 2-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Dodgers tacked on another pair of runs thanks in part to a ground rule double by CF Cory Bellinger that brought things to 3-0 and then a three-run shot by 3B Justin Turner which brought the final score to 6-0.
The Padres mustered up six runs on the night but couldn’t capitalize throughout the night. It wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth that San Diego managed to get a runner past second base, and when they finally loaded the bases, the Dodgers retired three-straight batters to end the game.
Zach Davies was on point for half of the night until the Dodgers finally broke through. Overall he went seven innings, allowing four hits, two runs, and striking out five. The Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin went a little over four innings and allowed three hits with eight strikeouts.
The Padres will try and avoid a series tie tonight when they return to Dodger Stadium. The Sheriff is back on the mound where he’ll be facing lefty Julio Urias. Opening pitch is set for 6:40pm.