Dodgers outlast Padres in 17 on Puig's single

May 23rd, 2016

SAN DIEGO -- Yasiel Puig's two-run single with the bases loaded keyed a four-run 17th inning as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep with a 9-5 marathon win over the Padres on Sunday.

Howie Kendrick, who homered and doubled earlier, led off the inning with another double and Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally by San Diego pitcher Luis Perdomo. Thursday night's starting pitcher Ross Stripling, pressed into relief duty as the ninth Dodgers pitcher, moved the runners over with a groundout after squaring to bunt. Joc Pederson was walked intentionally to load the bases for Puig, who singled up the middle for his third hit.

"The infield was playing in and I had to put the ball in play to do something to help my team," said Puig.

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Stripling, pitching on two days' rest, pitched three innings and got the win, as the Dodgers' bullpen allowed one run in 12 innings of relief. The game lasted 5 hours and 47 minutes with 16 pitchers used. Both teams used every position player available.

"A lot of great things happened today," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "As a fan, you can appreciate the pitching and defense. Inside the clubhouse, we're celebrating Chase Utley's defense, and the 'pen was unbelievable, they were stretched and gave us zeros. To a man, everyone contributed. I believe it can really propel us."

Wil Myers' three-run bloop triple on an 0-2 pitch keyed a four-run fifth inning for San Diego against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, who lost a no-hitter on the first pitch of the inning with Melvin Upton Jr.'s line single to center. Myers' two-out triple fell just out of the reach of right fielder Puig's diving catch attempt.

The Dodgers answered with three runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Corey Seager that chased San Diego starter Colin Rea, a wild pitch by reliever Kevin Quackenbush and an RBI single by Gonzalez. Los Angeles tied the game on Justin Turner's third career pinch-hit home run off Ryan Buchter in the seventh inning and Kendrick gave the Dodgers their first lead of the game with his first home run of the year off Brandon Maurer in the eighth.

"We were on the cusp of sweeping the Dodgers,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. "It stings to let that one slip away from you.''

Kenley Jansen, asked to record a four-out save, couldn't convert when the first batter he faced, Upton, tripled home Myers with the tying run. Upton slugged a walk-off homer off Jansen Friday night.


Low blow: The Pederson foul bunt to the groin that knocked home-plate umpire David Rackley from the game in the top of the fifth inning also had an indirect effect on Maeda. He had a no-hitter through four innings before the injury and, after the long delay necessitated by the umpire switch, allowed five of the next seven batters to reach base. Rackley will be evaluated before the crew's next assignment on Tuesday. More >

"This is going to sound like a really bad excuse," said catcher A.J. Ellis, "but I think the long delay with the umpire getting knocked out of the game really threw him out of his rhythm. He was throwing the ball as good as I've seen since early in the year. Fastball great life, slider great location, changeup had depth. When he went out for the fifth, just not quite as sharp."

Pick and a save: First baseman Wil Myers kept the Padres' chances of winning alive with a difficult short-hop grab of catcher Christian Bethancourt's throw on the back end of a double play in the 13th inning. The Dodgers had the bases loaded with no outs, but Perdomo, who pitched the longest outing of his career, got Carl Crawford to ground into a 4-2-3 twin-killer. Chase Utley struck out to end the rally.

"What I hate more than anything is I hate it for Luis Perdomo,'' Green said about his five-inning stint. "He pitched really, really well.'' More >

No Maurer power: Brandon Maurer has been one of the most reliable arms out of the Padres' bullpen. But when he allowed a go-ahead home run to Kendrick in the seventh, it marked the second straight game he's struggled. In his last two outings, he's surrendered three runs, including two home runs, in two innings.

Rea of doubt: Rea was forced from the game after five-plus innings, allowing three runs on three hits as the Dodgers pulled to within a run. Rea is pitching for a spot in the rotation, with Andrew Cashner (hamstring) returning from the disabled list Tuesday. The Dodgers' damage was restricted by a diving catch by first baseman Myers on Kendrick's liner. "When we go up 4-0, I have to do a better job,'' Rea said.


"It's been a rough stretch for him. He will turn it around.'' -- Green on Matt Kemp, who went 0-for-7 and 1-for-23 in the homestand as his average tumbles to .222


In the top of the 11th inning, Upton reached first on an infield single that sent Yangervis Solarte to second base and on a throwing error by Kendrick, Solarte took third and Upton was tagged out returning to first after a rundown. The Padres appealed the call on Gonzalez's tag but umpire Larry Vanover's original call stood.

In the top of the 15th, the Padres challenged a slide into second base by Gonzalez as illegal, but on review the original call of a legal slide was confirmed.

In the bottom of the 15th, the Dodgers challenged a slide into second base by Jon Jay as illegal, but on review the original call of a legal slide was confirmed.


Win machine Clayton Kershaw opens the brief homestand in a 7:10 p.m. PT start against the Reds. He recently set an MLB record of six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts and no more than one walk.

Padres: San Diego seeks redemption in San Francisco after the Giants swept them in three games at Petco Park last week. Drew Pomeranz (4-4, 1.96), who's been the Padres' most consistent starter, gets the nod in the first contest of an eight-game road trip. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. PT.

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