Wood’s strong start leads Dodgers over Padres

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers’ Alex Wood was stellar in shutting down the Padres. But his best offering might have been to first base.

Wood pitched seven strong innings, Carl Crawford and Joc Pederson had run-scoring hits, and Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Saturday night.

Wood (10-9) gave up three hits, walked four and hit a batter while striking out four in his eighth start for the Dodgers since coming over in a trade from Atlanta.

Matt Kemp led off the sixth with a single, but was picked off first by Wood when Kemp went back standing up. Kemp, who had two of the Padres’ three hits, was originally ruled safe. But the call was overturned after a review of 1 minute, 46 seconds, taking a batter off the bases with Justin Upton at the plate.

Wood then struck out Upton on a full-count pitch. He called the sequence a “turning point.”

“Arguably their best hitter is up in Justin,” Wood said of his former teammate. “I’ve seen him do a lot of pretty special things over the last two years in Atlanta.”

Crawford’s RBI double in the fourth was enough for Los Angeles to win for the 10th time in 12 games and improve to a season-high 19 games over .500.

Kenley Jansen got the last three outs for his 29th save in 31 chances.

Tyson Ross (10-10) gave up a run and five hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three.

“I didn’t have my best stuff tonight, but I kind of grinded it out and just tried to keep us in there,” Ross said.

Pederson added an RBI single in the eighth.

It was the second straight solid start for Wood, although he was on the losing end of the no-hitter by the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta’s last Sunday. Wood gave up two runs in six innings of that game.

In his last three outings, Wood has allowed three runs in 18 2-3 innings.

“He was sharp,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He was using his pitches, his breaking ball down and in and changed speeds. He’s not going to be overpowering, but he got some roll overs and was just using all his pitches.”

The Padres were shut out for a major league-high 17th time this season, just two fewer than they had last year.

“Credit to the Dodgers’ pitchers,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. “He threw the ball very well and kept us off-balance.”


PADRES: RHP Josh Johnson was to meet with team doctors after shutting down his minor league rehab stint on Friday after just four pitches. Johnson felt pain in his right elbow, which has undergone two Tommy John surgeries. … RHP Brandon Maurer (right shoulder) has ceased throwing as the team decides his next step. … 1B Yonder Alonso (back) could return by the end of the homestead. … RHP Shawn Kelley (right forearm) has yet to resume throwing.

DODGERS: OF Andre Ethier returned to the starting lineup for the first time since fouling a ball off his right knee on Wednesday and went 3 for 4 with two doubles. “He looked pretty good,” Mattingly said.


Will Ferrell attended the postgame debut of his comedy special, “Ferrell Takes The Field.” During the Cactus League, Ferrell took 10 different positions for 10 different teams in five different ballparks. The final club he played for was the Padres, taking his No. 19 to right field. That was Padres icon Tony Gwynn’s number and position. Ferrell actually wore No. 19 to honour the A’s Bert Campaneris, who played all nine position in a 1965 game.


The Dodgers have been in first place in the NL West for 142 days this season. That is second only to the St. Louis Cardinals, who have been on top for 146 days.


Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.43) faces the Padres to cap a four-game series. Anderson leads the majors with a 67.1 ground-ball percentage. He’s pitched to a 5-4 record and a 2.67 ERA in 12 road starts this season.

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15) goes against the Dodgers for the fourth time this season. He’s still seeking his first win, losing twice and getting a no-decision. Overall, Cashner has dropped three of his last four decisions.

Source:: sportsnet.ca

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