San Diego Padres come up just short in 7-6 loss to Los Angeles Dodgers

Posted at 7:49 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 10:49:11-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Joc Pederson's second home run of the game sailed an estimated 435 feet through two palm trees just beyond the center field fence at Petco Park, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 to take two of three in an early series between NL West rivals.

Pederson drove in five runs on the two homers for the seven-time defending division champion Dodgers, who won seven of nine on a three-city trip.

Pederson hit a two-run homer off Garrett Richards in the second inning and then welcomed rookie Luis Patiño to the big leagues with his monster three-run shot in the sixth.

Down 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted a deep two-run homer to trim the LA lead to 7-4.

In the eighth, San Diego added another run on Wil Myers’ fourth home run of the year.

The Padres picked up a run off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap to 7-6, and with runners at the corners and one out, Manny Machado had a chance to tie or win the game.

The third baseman hit a fly ball to left that was caught by Chris Taylor for the second out, and the left fielder’s throw to the plate was perfect to nail a tagging Trent Grisham for the final out of the game.