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Padres end series with 5-2 victory over Dodgers

One is better than none.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

After falling back 2-0 in the second, the Padres went on to score five-straight runs, including Jake Cronenworth’s first home run of the season, to come back and steal a win from the Dodgers 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in Petco Park.

The Dodgers obviously won the three-game series by taking the first two contests, but it likely did wonders for the Friar Faithful’s confidence going forward to be able to take at least one of the game’s at home against Los Angeles.

Eric Hosmer provided a pivotal performance, driving in a pair of RBIs with the first knotting things up at 2-2 in the seventh while his second run driven in gave the Padres a 302 lead just one inning later. Tommy Pham — who has been notably struggling so far this year — cranked a two-RBI double in deep left field to solidify the contest’s final score at 5-2.

Blake Snell responded after his early retirement against the Pirates by striking out seven in five innings pitched with two runs allowed. Austin Adams followed him by striking out all three of his batters in his lone inning and the trio of Craig Stammen, Keone Kela, and Mark Melancon combined to strikeout four while allowing only one hit through the final three innings.

Melancon is quietly having a phenomenal year as a closer for the Padres as he’s cirrently tied for the league lead with six saves through eight games played. Opening Day against Arizona was the only game so far that he has failed to record at least one strikeout.

The Padres (10-7) are staying at home to welcome the Brewers (8-7) in three-game series that starts this evening at 7:10 p.m. San Diego’s current golden boy, Joe Musgrove, is back on the mound to face righty Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 2.12 ERA).