Kenley Jansen was two strikes away from working his way out of bases-loaded no out jam. But then on the 0-1 pitch, Hunter Renfroe hit a walk-off grand slam to salvage the third game for the Padres.
The 8-5 win meant not just only one game lost in the standings but perhaps some sense that they held their own against the multi-year defending NL West champions.
Jansen was going for this third consecutive save but three straight singles, the last two coming on well placed bunts loaded the bases with not an out in sight.
However, Jansen recovered to strikeout Greg Garcia and Francisco Mejia hit an infield pop-up for the automatic out.
But then Renfroe hit it out and the game was over.
Prior all the action in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers looked as if they were going to script their third straight comeback win.
The Padres led 3-2 going to the eighth inning, left-hander Robbie Erlin entered the game. Max Muncy worked a walk to put the tying run on first. Chris Taylor then roped a line drive into the left field stands to give the Dodgers their first lead of the game.
Ross Stripling pitched well for second straight relief appearance. He struck out the side in the seventh inning. Pedro Báez followed Stripling with two more strikeouts as he also retired the side in order.
For the third consecutive game, the Padres again had a player hit a first-inning home run. Though this time it wasn’t Manny Machado, it was Franmil Reyes. And it was a no-doubter.
Kenta Maeda is not even mad, just amazed. pic.twitter.com/HPbQWuYhvD— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) May 5, 2019
Ahead 1-0, the Padres put another run on the board when with two outs, a 3-2 call went Greg Garcia’s way. So with Garcia on first, Francisco Mejia hit his first career triple to drive Garcia home.
In the bottom of the fourth, two walks from Maeda led to two more runs off a Garcia double and Mejia’s sacrifice fly.
Max Muncy had already left five runners on base when he came up with two on and two out in the fifth and he hit his second three-run homer is as many games. That cut the Padres lead to one run.
Despite giving up four runs after four innings, Maeda was able to record 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth innings to keep the game close. He ended up with six innings pitched with four runs and three hits allowed. He struck out eight and walked three.
Nick Margevicius was able to work around the seven hits and three walks he gave up to just allow the three runs off Muncy’s bat to score off him on Sunday. And he did that with only one strikeout in 5 ⅔ innings pitched.
WP: Adam Warren (2-0) 1 IP
LP: Kenley Jansen (2-1) ⅔IP, 4 ER, 1 HR, 4 Hits, 1 SO
Home runs: Franmil Reyes (9), Max Muncy (7), Chris Taylor (3). Hunter Renfroe (7)
The Dodgers will begin a nine-game home stand tomorrow night. Their first opponent will be the Atlanta Braves who will be in for a three-game series. Kevin Gausman will take the mound for the Braves and he will likely go against Walker Buehler though that has not been announced by the Dodgers. First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. PDT.