Jurickson Profar hit a single and broke the tie on the board with a decisive run in the eighth inning, and the San Diego Padres opened the second series of the season Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 3-2 win over his rival in Southern California.
Trent Grisham hit a home run and two hits for the Padres, who snapped a three-game losing streak at the start of a four-game series at Chavez Ravine. and led to the Dodgers’ first loss at home this season.
Los Angeles took two of the three games played in San Diego last weekend, but the Padres responded with timely hits, solid pitching, and a fantastic double play that closed the eighth inning, crowning another good game between the two solid teams.
AJ Pollock and Sheldon Neuse hit back-to-back home runs at the start of the seventh for the Dodgers, who have the best record in the MLB but they have lost three of four after starting the year 13-2. With several of its key hitters injured, Los Angeles has scored just 10 runs in its last five games.
The curazoleño Profar and Victor Caratini led the eighth inning singles off Blake Treinen (1-1), who took the loss. Profar put San Diego ahead again in a double play with a groundout from Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr.
Nabil Crismatt (1-1) scored the victory after pitching the end of the seventh inning for San Diego and Mark Melancon worked a dominant ninth for his seventh save.
For the Padres, the Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr. 4-1, with one scored. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 3-1, with one scored. Puerto Rican Victor Caratini 1-1.
For the Dodgers, the Puerto Rican Edwin Ríos 1-0.