Urías takes 17th MLB lead, Dodgers defeat Padres 3-0 | Sports News
By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The pitch and just enough hitting helped the Dodgers win.
Julio Urías pitched seven white innings for his 17th major-league win, Max Muncy hit a two-run homer and Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Friday night to break a two-game skid.
“It was really important for us to be one step ahead of this series,” Urías said through a translator. “On a personal note, it’s great to get these wins.”
Urías (17-3) has scattered three hits, struck out seven and scored one to go undefeated in his last 13 starts, going 8-0 in that streak. The southpaw has not lost since June 21 in San Diego.
“He’s a front row starter and when he wins baseball we expect to win,” said manager Dave Roberts. “For him, going deep tonight shows his growth and maturity.”
Padres All-Star shortstop Jake Cronenworth was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the third and then left the game. Manager Jayce Tingler has said Cronenworth has a small fractured left ring finger and will be reassessed over the next few days.
Kenley Jansen threw the ninth for his 31st save.
The Dodgers remained 2-1 / 2 games behind leaders NL West San Francisco and improved to 47-23, the best in the major leagues, at home with their 15th shutout.
Muncy’s 32nd Homer against Joe Musgrove (10-9) gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third. Mookie Betts scored for the Dodgers’ first hit of the game and scored on Muncy’s right shot.
Musgrove allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven strikes and had a season-high five.
“I just didn’t have a big arsenal to work with,” Musgrove said. “The walks obviously hurt me a lot. Just a lot of lost throws, a lot of extended innings. I made the night a lot harder for me than I needed to.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Chris Taylor’s sacrifice fly scored Will Smith, who doubled up and took third place on the wild ground of Musgrove.
The Padres had just two runners who reached second through eighth. Blake Treinen gave up straight two-out singles to Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr., tying the tie at home plate. But Wil Myers struck while swinging to end the threat.
Former Dodger Manny Machado, who was warmly booed, went 0 for 3 with a walk. Tatis was 2 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Padres’ third straight loss.
Stuck in an offensive slump, Taylor made two excellent defensive plays in the middle of the field. He caught a snow cone against Myers in the fourth and deprived Machado of a two-run homerun to the wall to finish the fifth.
“He was sitting on this pitch all night, he was working me on doing this pitch,” Urías said. “I thought it was going to pass the fence. Luckily it wasn’t and it was a great Chris play.
Taylor almost had a third take. A bullet hit by Myers came out of the tip of Taylor’s glove for a brace with two outs in the sixth.
San Diego tied with Cincinnati for the NL’s second wild card.
“Everyone is in this lull right now feeling like we can’t do it right,” Musgrove said. “The underperformance of the last month and a half has really set us back.”
The Padres opened a crucial 10-game road trip in their bid to secure second place in the NL wild card.
They have the toughest remaining strength on the schedule at .605 and the fewest home games remaining in the majors with six.
All of the Padres’ remaining games are against opponents who currently have winning records, and they are the only baseball team with no games coming up against teams that are currently .500 or worse. They are 37-31 against teams with winning records.
The Dodgers recalled infielder Matt Beaty for his third run with them and infielder Gavin Lux for his second run.
Beaty produced .262 with five homers and 34 RBIs in 105 games.
Lux is 0.221 with six homers and 37 RBIs in 85 games. He went 0 for 2 with a walk before being substituted in the outfield, where he played for the first time in his big league career.
Outfielder Billy McKinney was entered on the injured list with a left hip impingement. He split the season between Milwaukee, New York and Los Angeles, with a total of .192 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 116 games. In 37 games with the Dodgers, McKinney has reached .146 with a homerun and seven RBIs.
The team picked right-hander Andre Jackson a day after his recall, but did not appear in a game. Jackson is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA and seven strikeouts in two major league games this season.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start against Arizona on Monday and pitch four innings. He has been on the injured list since July 7 with an inflamed elbow. … LHP Danny Duffy (forearm) threw a paddock.
Padres: RHP Chris Paddack (7-6, 4.95 ERA) is making his third start since returning from IL.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (13-3, 2.31) is undefeated in eight career starts against the Padres, going 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA. The Dodgers are 6-2 in those games.
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