LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Hill pitched six sparkling innings, Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 Saturday night.
The NL West-leading Dodgers stayed two games in front of San Francisco, which edged the Cubs 3-2 earlier in the day.
Hill (11-3) allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked two in his second start since the Dodgers acquired him from Oakland at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The left-hander was scratched at Colorado last week due to a combination of weather and a finger blister.
Hill remains unbeaten in his last 10 starts since May 7 with a career-best eight-game winning streak, going 8-0 in that span.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 41st save in 47 chances.
Luis Perdomo (7-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander tossed a complete game against Miami in his previous start. He came into the game owning a 60 percent ground-ball rate, tops in the National League among pitchers with at least 100 innings.
The Dodgers undid that in a hurry in the fourth.
They needed just seven pitches in their first four at-bats to break open the scoreless game. Corey Seager singled on the first pitch, Justin Turner singled on a 1-2 offering and Adrian Gonzalez singled on the first pitch, scoring Seager. Grandal came up next and homered on the first pitch, extending the lead to 4-0.
Perdomo had given up just one earned run in 16 innings in his two previous starts.
Josh Reddick made it 5-0 in the sixth with his first homer in his 27th game for the Dodgers since being acquired in the Hill deal last month.
The Padres’ lone run came on Wil Myers’ RBI single in the eighth.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross played long toss in a pregame workout. The Padres hope to get him on a mound soon to progress him to pitch an inning at some point. They have no plans to start Ross.
Dodgers: X-rays on the index and middle fingers of LHP Julio Urias’ left hand were negative. Manager Dave Roberts said the team won’t shut down the 20-year-old rookie because of an innings limit.
Padres: LHP Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.84 ERA) makes his 19th start coming off his only relief appearance, a one-inning scoreless stint Tuesday at Atlanta. Friedrich is 0-8 with a 5.96 ERA over his 10 starts since June 29.
Dodgers: RHP Jose De Leon makes his major league debut. The 24-year-old finished up his Triple-A season with Oklahoma City with 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 13 without a walk, in a division-clinching win.
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