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Padres take big step with walk-off victory over Dodgers in 10th

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Blake Snell was wonderful but wild, the bullpen tripped, the offense napped for six innings.

The Padres took advantage of Dodgers gaffes to break a tie in the eighth inning. The Dodgers took advantage of Padres gaffes to tie the game again in the ninth.

The bullpen got back up. Jorge Alfaro walked it off again. Literally walked it off.

The Padres beat the Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings on Alfaro's bases-loaded walk, taking a significant step closer to the postseason in the process.

After Pierce Johnson held the Dodgers scoreless in the top of the 10th, José Azocar began the bottom of the inning on second base and moved to third on Ha-Seong Kim's sacrifice bunt. Juan Soto was intentionally walked, Manny Machado struck out and Brandon Drury walked to load the bases for Alfaro, who delivered his team-record fifth walk-off RBI of the season.

"Not really one of his things that he tends to do," manager Bob Melvin said of Alfaro, who had walked 10 times in 253 plate appearances this season. "We've seen him get a few hits to do it. But, man, after getting down 0-1 like that, trying to be patient, bases loaded, knowing you gotta throw it over the plate. Like I said, it's not really his forte, but he seems to come up big and those at-bats and really focus, and there's a lot of desire in it."

 

After watching Dodgers reliever Craig Kimbrel's full-count fastball sail wide, Alfaro turned to the Padres' dugout, shrugged and with a giant smile on is face said, "Oh (expletive), I walked."

Alfaro's 3.7% walk rate is 12th lowest in the majors among the 305 players with at least 250 plate appearances, and his 49% rate of chasing pitches outside the strike zone is second worst.

"It's not a secret I don't walk that much," Alfaro said.

"I think our message here is whatever it takes," Machado said. "And, you know, he did just that."

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