As many times as the Dodgers had chances to score on Saturday night, it was only a matter of time before they broke through. The time came in the bottom of the sixth with a 3-1 deficit and Corey Seager at the plate with the bases loaded.
Seager punched a single to right field that would eventually score three for the Dodgers, giving them a lead they wouldn’t surrender. The bullpen would put the clamps on the Padres as the Dodgers came away with 6-3 victory.
With two runs already heading home, the throw from the outfield went to second where Seager was headed. Yasiel Puig alertly took off for home with Seager in a rundown and beat the throw, scoring the go-ahead run.
The Dodgers now have 82 wins on the season and a 17.0-game lead in the NL West.
The offense was spinning its wheels for five innings against Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin, scoring only one run on a Justin Turner sac-fly in the first. Chacin entered the game with a league-high 7.36 ERA on the road and the Dodgers had their chances.
Los Angeles couldn’t score in the fifth when Chacin loaded the bases with three walks. The Dodgers would end the night just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor would tack on solo homers in the seventh and eighth to pad the lead. Bellinger now stands one home run shy of the Dodgers rookie record, set by Mike Piazza in 1993.
Hyun-jin Ryu had his own tightrope to walk in his five innings of work, surrendering three runs on seven hits and two walks. The Padres would put a run on the board in each of the third through the fifth innings, including a solo blast from Wil Myers.
The run in the third inning snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak for Ryu dating back to July 24.
The Dodgers and Padres will play the rubber game of the series, sending Kenta Maeda (10-4, 3.69) to the mound against Luis Perdomo (6-6, 4.81).
Home runs: Wil Myers (24), Cody Bellinger (34), Chris Taylor (17)
WP - Tony Watson (6-4): 1 IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Craig Stammen (0-2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
SV - Kenley Jansen (31): 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts