Potent offense leads Dodgers to a victory over the Padres

Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES -- The pitching matchup at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night was billed as a duel between aces at different stages of their careers. Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, is attempting to remain among baseball's elite with diminished stuff. Chris Paddack, a rookie, is attempting to solidify his place on that tier with unabashed confidence. The clash did not live up to the hype.

A potent offense chewed Paddack up and spit him out after 4 2/3 innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers slugged their way to a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger each delivered a two-run home run off Paddack in the third inning. For Pederson, the homer was his 13th this season and 100th of his career. He is the 28th player to reach the century mark in Dodgers history. Bellinger's home run was his 15th but first since April 28. Bellinger added a single to raise his batting average to .409.

The Dodgers (28-16) chased Paddack (3-2) after Bellinger's RBI groundout in the fifth inning. The right-hander allowed six runs -- three earned -- on five hits in his first start in eight days. He had given up eight runs -- seven earned -- in his first seven starts.

The long ball also plagued Kershaw. The left-hander gave up a solo shot to Franmil Reyes in the first inning. Manny Machado, playing in his first game in Los Angeles since leaving the Dodgers, launched a 441-foot, two-run blast in the fourth inning after hearing full-throated boos.

It was not a new problem for Kershaw. In six starts this season, the left-hander has surrendered seven home runs. Two have been to Machado, who has hit four of his nine homers this season in four games against the Dodgers.


But Kershaw (3-0) settled in after Machado's missile. He limited the Padres (22-20) to the three runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Kenley Jansen allowed a double to Machado in the ninth inning before shutting the door to record his 13th save this season as the Dodgers improved to 18-6 at home.

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