LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mookie Betts and Corey Seager hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock did the same in the fourth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep over the San Diego Padres with an 8-3 victory. . Thursday night.
The defending World Series champions remained two games behind San Francisco, the leader of the NL West, after the Giants defeated Arizona 5-4 with a hit in the ninth inning. The Dodgers won their 12th straight at home and are poised to close out the regular season with three home games against NL central champion Milwaukee, while the Giants host San Diego.
The packed crowd of 52,550 was still settling in when Betts hit his 23rd home run to left and center field and Seager followed with his 15th for the bottom right-field seats off Vince Velasquez (3-9).
The Dodgers extended the lead to 4-1 with Turner’s 26th homer and Pollock’s 20th in the fourth.
His explosions gave the Dodgers nine homers combined in seven innings in two games. Betts homered to start a comeback in the seventh Wednesday night, and Max
Muncy, Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Seager homered in the eighth to finally win 11-9.
Seager added a solo shot in the seventh.
Fernando Tatis Jr. fired a two-run, 467-foot shot, his 42nd-ranked NL-leading, that cleared the left-field flag in the fifth, leading the Padres to 4-3. Webster Rivas, who walked early, scored. Tatis snapped a 0-for-14 streak since last Friday.
Ha-Seong Kim homered for the Padres in the second.
The Dodgers scored three runs in the sixth for a 7-3 lead. Will Smith and Bellinger had RBI singles and Pollock had a sacrifice fly.
Corey Knebel (4-0) took the victory with 1 1/3 inning relief. He allowed one punch and struck out one.
Velasquez allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
The Padres lost their last nine games to the Dodgers.
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