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Dodgers offense goes quiet as Padres take series-opener

They struck out a season-high 16 times

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers’ three-game winning streak came to an end on Monday night, as they fell to the Padres, 6-2. After winning the first two games in the season series, the Dodgers have now lost five of their last six games against San Diego.

It was a quiet night from the offense. LA did hit two home runs, but those would be their lone runs of the night. Mookie Betts and Will Smith each hit a solo shot, but both came at times when the Dodgers were trailing. Betts’ came in the third when LA was trailing 4-0 and Smith’s came when the team was trailing 6-1 in the eighth.

Justin Turner added a hit, and that would be it for LA in the offensive department. They had a chance in the seventh inning to potentially make things interesting, but Betts flew out with the bases loaded to end the inning. For the game, LA struck out 16 times, tying a season-high.

The offense had no answer for Yu Darvish, who has always done well against the Dodgers in his career. He struck out 11 in six innings while allowing only two hits. He reached the 1,500 strikeout mark, reaching that number faster than any pitcher in MLB history.

Julio Urias got the start and got pretty roughed up. He allowed four runs in the first inning, with three coming off the bat of a Manny Machado home run. In the fifth inning he allowed a two-run homer to Jake Cronenworth. For the game, Urias allowed six runs in four innings. In addition to the long ball, he struggled with command as he issued four walks.

It just wasn’t his night.

If you want a bright spot, it’s that the bullpen didn’t use any high-leverage arms and they kept the Dodgers in the game. Phil Bickford, David Price and Joe Kelly combined to throw four scoreless innings.

Monday particulars

WP: Yu Darvish (7-2) 6 IP, 1 ER, 11 SO

LP: Julio Urias (9-3) 4 IP, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

HR: Mookie Betts (9) Will Smith (9) Jake Cronenworth (9) Manny Machado (11)

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