Padres vs. Dodgers – Game Recap – August 7, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger hit two home runs, Tyler Anderson allowed two hits over seven glittering innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers ended a meaningful win over the revamped San Diego Padres with a 4-0 win on Sunday.

Freddie Freeman had two RBI singles in the Major League-leading Dodgers’ eighth straight win and their 30th in 35 games.

The Dodgers’ sweep was also a strong response to San Diego’s bold moves at the close to take on Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury. With Los Angeles largely patinated by deadline day, Los Angeles cool opened up a whopping 15 1/2 game lead in the NL West while beating the second-placed Padres with a combined 20-4 in three wins at Chavez Ravine.

Los Angeles has won 17 of its last 19 encounters with the Padres, who have fallen to 1-4 with four straight losses since the arrival of their new sluggers on Wednesday, culminating in only their second shutout loss since May 18. The team sometimes known as Slam Diego did not homer during their four-game sled, and only managed two hits in the series finale.

Soto went 0-2 with two walks and went clean for the first time since joining San Diego in one of the biggest trades in baseball history. Soto was entertaining by carrying a mic for the ESPN broadcast early in the game, but his frustration was evident as he engaged in a double game to end the sixth.

Anderson (13-1) added to his breakout all-star season by going at least seven innings for the sixth time. He hit three while mostly baffling the Padres with his off-speed pitches and control of his 92-mile fastball.

Yu Darvish (10-5) hit seven in six solid innings, knocking out five and finishing the Dodgers except in their third run with two, which was highlighted by Bellinger’s first homer.

Bellinger added a solo shot in the seventh and went 3-for-3 in his 15th multi-homer game of his career — his second against the Padres this season. Max Muncy and Mookie Betts each had two hits for the Dodgers, who had 33 hits on the series.

Anderson plowed through the Padres’ revised lineup even more effectively than the Dodgers had in the previous two games of the series, allowing just one single and one walk in the first five innings.

Darvish had retired seven straight batters before Bellinger fired to left center in the third shot. The 2019 NL MVP became the second struggling Dodgers slugger in two days to break out with a homer from a slump after Muncy’s three-run shot Saturday night.

Freeman drove in third at Betts and passed Trea Turner in seventh after Bellinger’s 15th homer of the season.

MUST EARN IT

The Dodgers’ pitching team allowed just one earned run in the three-game series. LA has allowed a major league low of 345 runs this season.

TRAINING ROOM

Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. got the first game action of his lengthy injury rehab this weekend with Double-A San Antonio. There is no official timetable for his return from wrist surgery in March.

Dodgers: RHP Yency Almonte came on the injured list with a strain in his right elbow after reporting pain while catching. He’s going for an MRI on Monday, but he doesn’t think the injury is serious. LA recalled RHP Andre Jackson. … 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) is set to return on Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said. … Dodgers reliefs Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol will serve in another simulated game on Tuesday. If all goes well, they’ll be doing minor league rehab duties next.

NEXT

Padres: Open a four-game home series against NL West rivals San Francisco on Monday. Blake Snell (4-5, 4.16 ERA) goes up the mound.

Dodgers: After a day off with the return of Clayton Kershaw’s benefit ping-pong event, Julio Urías (11-6, 2.57 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday to open a two-game interleague series against Minnesota.

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