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Dodgers survive another blow, beat Padres 5-4 in 12 innings

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

LOS ANGELES -- The afternoon could not have been more carefree.

Dave Roberts and Yasiel Puig wore T-shirts with the inscription "World Series attitude." Tyler Toffoli, one of four L.A. Kings players in attendance, stepped into the batter's box to see exactly how fast a Ross Stripling fastball was. Manny Machado spotted a kid wearing a Machado jersey, played catch with him, then autographed the ball and sent him home with it.

Roberts' 13-year-old daughter, Emme, sang the national anthem Saturday, so brilliantly that the Dodgers would do well to book her every night, in place of the usual previously televised suspects. Roberts bounded over to give her a hug, but he had to wait because Bailey was giving her one.

Bailey is the Kings' mascot, an enormous lion.

Then the game started, and the suspense returned, just as soon as the bullpen gate swung open.

And, for the third consecutive game, All-Star closer Kenley Jansen failed to deliver a scoreless inning.

The Dodgers won anyway, in the 12th inning. Matt Kemp drew a four-pitch walk from Padres rookie Robert Stock. Enrique Hernandez sacrificed Kemp to second and -- after the second power outage this season -- Justin Turner blooped a double that scored Kemp for a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost, so the Dodgers moved within 2 1/2 games of first place.

After Clayton Kershaw had held the Padres at bay for eight innings, Jansen inherited a 4-3 lead. He needed three outs to preserve the victory. He got one before he blew the lead, surrendering a tying home run to Austin Hedges. When Jansen returned to the dugout, he let out his frustration by overturning a container of gum.

For the first time in his career, the All-Star closer has given up a home run in three consecutive appearances.

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