LOS ANGELES --The Dodgers beat the Padres 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium to sweep the final regular season series. The win gave the Dodgers their best home record in Los Angeles history, finishing 55-26, one half-game better then their 55-27 record in 1980.
Clayton Kershaw started and struck out seven in 3⅔ innings to reach 301 strikeouts for the season. Kershaw finishes the regular season with MLB leading 232⅔ innings pitched.
Seven pitchers followed Kershaw, Joel Peralta got the win for one inning of scoreless work. Chris Hatcher picked up his fourth save.
Joc Pederson hit his 26th home run to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Pederson finished his rookie campaign with the second highest amount of home runs, behind only Mike Piazza's 35 in 1993.
It remained that way until the sixth inning, Corey Seager hit a solo shot and Chris Heisey hit a two-run shot to make it 5-0.
Travis Jankowski made it close with a three-run home run off Luis Avilan in the seventh inning. Ronald Torreyes singled in Pederson in the eighth to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.
Before the game, manager Don Mattingly said the team would get a day off on Monday and then will workout the next three days before the National League Division Series starts on Friday.
Home runs: Joc Pederson (26), Corey Seager (4), Chris Heisey (2), Travis Jankowski (3)
WP - Joel Peralta (3-1): 1 inning, 1 strikeout
LP - Frank Garces (0-1): 2 innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Sv - Chris Hatcher (4): 1 inning, 3 batters faced, 2 strikeouts