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Dodgers drop 2 in a row to Padres

The Dodgers were held to one run for the first time since June 15

MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenta Maeda earned his fifth loss of the season on July 6.
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The Padres homered their way to a 3-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

Both teams struggled to do much damage against the starting pitchers, with neither team able to score through six innings.

Hunter Renfroe’s solo home run in the seventh inning broke the stalemate and blew Kenta Maeda’s shutout. His 424-foot homer gave the Padres a lead they took to the end of the game.

Renfroe is getting used to game winning home runs against the Dodgers, hitting his third one of the season on Saturday.

Maeda was nearly untouchable until the fifth inning, pitching 4 13 no-hit innings before giving up a base hit to Francisco Mejia. He ran out of steam at the end of his outing, eventually allowing a second home run in the eighth inning to give the Padres a 3-0 lead. He exited the game after hitting Fernando Tatis Jr. directly on his elbow.

The Dodgers had trouble against Padres pitchers for the second night in a row. They were held to one run from five hits on the night.

Chris Paddack was great in his second career start against the Dodgers. The right-handed rookie showed everyone the damage he can do against a high-caliber team. He pitched 5 23 scoreless innings and held the Dodgers offense to three hits while striking out six. The young pitcher was not credited with the win, as he exited the game with no score.

The only Dodgers run was scored on Craig Stammen’s watch, but he was not charged with the earned run. Alex Verdugo got on base with a two-out double and finished his trip around the bases with a Justin Turner base hit and a Manny Machado throwing error.

Machado’s error helped the Dodgers avoid their first shutout since May 18.

Despite this blip, the Padres bullpen did justice to Paddack’s outing, holding down the Dodgers through the end of the game.

The Padres handed the Dodgers their second losing streak at Dodger Stadium this season. The last time the boys in blue lost two straight at Dodger Stadium was on Apr. 13-14 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Saturday particulars

WP: Trey Wingenter (1-1), 1 13 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

LP: Kenta Maeda (7-5), 7 23 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

SV: Kirby Yates (29), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Home runs: Hunter Renfroe (27), Manuel Margot (4)

Box score

Up next

The Dodgers will try to avoid a series loss on Sunday, sending Ross Stripling to the mound to face Joey Lucchesi. It is the last game before the All-Star break. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PDT.