LOS ANGELES -- Despite another rough ninth inning from Kenley Jansen (Kenleyfornia) and another power failure at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers walked off with a bizarre 5-4 win over the Padres on Saturday night, pulling to within 2 1/2 games of first-place Arizona and Colorado in the National League West.Justin
LOS ANGELES -- Despite another rough ninth inning from Kenley Jansen (Kenleyfornia) and another power failure at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers walked off with a bizarre 5-4 win over the Padres on Saturday night, pulling to within 2 1/2 games of first-place Arizona and Colorado in the National League West.
Justin Turner (RedTurn2) was credited with a one-out double that scored Matt Kemp (Matt) from second base when his blooper dropped among three Padres fielders who gave up on the play near the right-field line. Kemp, however, had held at second base preparing to tag up and manager Dave Roberts said Kemp would have been held at third if there had been a throw home.
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"I think they just felt Matt was further along than he was," said Roberts. "Look at the video, Matt was near second base. If they make a play on it, probably a second-and-third situation. Fortunately for us, they didn't finish the play."
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Padres manager Andy Green said the fielders didn't make a play because the ball took a funny bounce away from all three.
"I saw it hit the side of the grass and the dirt and it kick straight -- it bounced funny straight toward the wall after that bounce," said Green. "I think most guys assumed that since we weren't there picking it up cleanly that the runner would score pretty easy. It looked like Kemp hung around second base longer than expected, but I don't think, based on the fact that we didn't pick that ball up cleanly that we had a play. Once it kicked sideways, we didn't have a play."
Turner hit the first pitch from Robert Stock when play resumed following a 19-minute delay when the power failed at Dodger Stadium for the second time this year. Both times the club announced that the failure "was caused by a disruption in the city's power feed to the facility."
Earlier in the game, there was plenty of power. Manny Machado (El Ministro) and Player Page for Max Muncy (Munce) each slugged their 30th home run, the fourth consecutive season for Machado with his three-run shot and the first time for Muncy.
Muncy's solo homer in the bottom of the seventh (estimated by Statcast™ at a personal-best 445 feet) provided an insurance run after Clayton Kershaw (Kersh) led off the inning with a single and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
With Kershaw firing eight solid innings, that should have been enough for a win in regulation, but Jansen blew a save by allowing a game-tying home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning to Austin Hedges (Hedgey), the third consecutive appearance in which Jansen has allowed at least one ninth-inning home run.
"Super weird," Kershaw said of the game. "We needed it. It doesn't matter how you win, as long as you win. Thankful that we pulled this one out. No other way to say it, a weird win. But sometimes that happens."
The Dodgers were held hitless the next three innings after Hedges' homer, but the bottom of the 12th started with a four-pitch walk of pinch-hitter Kemp by Robert Stock (Cretcher), and Kemp was bunted to second by Enrique Hernandez (Kike). That's when the power failed, and 20 minutes later on Stock's first pitch, Turner's popup dropped and the celebration was on.
Sloppy Dodgers defense nearly gave up a 4-2 lead in the eighth. After Freddy Galvis' (Toco) one-out single, William Myers (Wil) hit a slow bouncer to a charging Machado, whose throw back to second base was wide and into right field. As Galvis took third, right fielder Yasiel Puig's (Wild Horse) wide throw to third was backed up by a hustling Kershaw, saving a run.
"That's what you're supposed to do as a pitcher," said Kershaw. "Puig will throw some guys out, but he'll also do that, too, so you have to make sure, especially when he's throwing, he's going to try to throw guys out. I happen to be in the right spot, for once."
A diving stop by second baseman James Dozier (Bull) on Eric Hosmer's (Papo) grounder got the second out while Galvis scored. Hunter Renfroe's (Froe) 106-mph line drive toward center that would have tied the game nailed Myers in the back as he headed from second base toward third to end the inning.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Kershaw was kicking himself for trying to stretch a single into a double in the seventh inning with the game tied at 3. He was thrown out at second by right fielder Reyes and Muncy followed with his homer for a 4-3 lead.
"It's embarrassing," Kershaw said. "It was right in front of me. I should have seen the ball reflect right back to him. In that situation, thankfully, Muncy hit the homer. But it could have been a two-run homer, a different ballgame, might not have had three extra innings. I was frustrated with myself, for sure."
The Dodgers have won Kershaw's last 14 starts against the Padres, the longest active streak against any opponent, according to STATS.
HE SAID IT
"We all believe in him." -- Kershaw, on Jansen
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Padres were able to overturn a safe call on Machado's stolen-base attempt in the seventh inning. Machado broke for second and was called safe after he dived into the bag. Replays showed that shortstop Galvis did apply the tag in time to Machado's leg on a throw from Hedges.
Hyun-Jin Ryu opposes Robbie Erlin in the Sunday series finale at 1:10 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium. Ryu had been scheduled to start Wednesday, but was moved up to give Alex Wood more rest. After returning from two months on the disabled list with six scoreless innings, Ryu is coming off a four-inning, three-run start against the Cardinals.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.