A busy offense helped the Dodgers salvage the final game of their series at Petco Park, beating the Padres 9-4 on Thursday night in San Diego.
Justin Turner had three hits, including a double, scoring twice and driving in another in the win, including the game-tying single during a four-run sixth-inning rally.
Joc Pederson, who entered Thursday night just 5-for-55 (.091) against left-handed pitchers this season, had two doubles against southpaws on Thursday — one against starter Christian Friedrich, another against Jose Torres — driving in three runs.
Rog Segedin, getting the start in left field, tripled, doubled, walked and scored twice in the win. It was his first major league triple but counting is year with Triple-A Oklahoma City it was his 10th triple in 2016.
Carlos Ruiz had two hits on the night as well, and his double in the seventh inning drove in his first two runs as a Dodger.
Yasiel Puig had two more hits, including a double against right-handed reliever Leonel Campos.
Charlie Culberson added a double and a run, continuing his strong September.
The Dodgers matched a season high with seven doubles, also achieved on opening day at Petco Park.
The Dodgers were 5-4 on the road against the Padres in 2016, and scored 57 runs in San Diego, their most in the 13-year history of Petco Park. The 6.33 runs per game is the Dodgers’ second-best mark for one year in San Diego, trailing only the 8.00 runs per game they scored at Jack Murphy Stadium in 1974 (9 games).
Brett Anderson, perhaps auditioning for a long man role on the postseason roster, struck out two in 2⅓ scoreless innings in relief, scattering five hits for the win. It was the first relief appearance for Anderson since Sept. 28, 2013 with Oakland.
Perhaps most importantly, Hunter Renfroe was held to just 1-for-4 with a run scored, keeping his RBI count for the series at a manageable 11.
Tune up for Urias
Julio Urias made his final start of the season, tuning up for the postseason with three scoreless innings and 58 pitches in his first appearance since Sept. 21. The left-hander allowed one hit, a double by Manuel Margot to open the first inning, and two walks, but he struck out five, all in his final six batters faced.
Urias ends his first major league regular season with a 3.39 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 31 walks in 77 innings.
First things first
Kendrick on Thursday was just the fifth Los Angeles Dodger to start at first base and bat leadoff, joining Wes Parker, Bill Buckner, Paul Lo Duca and Jerry Hairston Jr.
The Dodgers move on to San Francisco for their final weekend of the regular season. Rich Hill is on the mound for the series opener on Friday night , a 7:15 p.m. PT start, facing Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Home runs: none
WP - Brett Anderson (1-2): 2⅓ IP, 5 hits, 2 strikeouts
LP - Christian Friedrich (5-12): 5⅔ IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts