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Darvish Dominates, Padres Take Series from Dodgers with 4-0 Win

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Yu Darvish pitched seven dominant innings, allowing only two hits and striking out seven batters, to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

Fernando Tatis Jr., Jake Cronenworth, and Xander Bogaerts each hit solo home runs for the Padres, who have now won five of their eight games against the Dodgers this season.

"They've been really unpredictable," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Part of it is attacking some of our hitters' weaknesses, going to their strengths. But I really think that they've just mixed and matched well and they've executed. Obviously they get up to play us, and they've played well."

The Dodgers dropped two of the three games in the series after a seven-game winning streak.

"It means that we can play good baseball at the highest level," said Tatis. "This series was as clean as possible for us."

Darvish improved his record to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.43. He has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings, tying a career high.

"The plan was to kind of see how they reacted to the pitches," said Darvish. "The fastball was coming out of the hand right, it was working nicely. Obviously they are a very good team, but to be able to take the series against them, for sure it is going to give us some confidence moving forward."

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler had an ineffective and abbreviated outing, giving up two runs, five hits, two walks, and hitting a batter in 3 1/3 innings.

"I'm not going to put much stock in two outings," said Roberts. "I think getting him back here, back in competition mode is a good thing and I think the stuff is good. My confidence and belief in him hasn't wavered at all."

Buehler surrendered consecutive homers to Tatis and Cronenworth in the first inning for a 2-0 Padres lead. Bogaerts' solo homer came in the fifth off reliever Gus Varland to give the Padres a 4-0 lead.

"It felt nice, you finally hit one that you know is gone," said Bogaerts. "We are playing really good baseball at home."

The attendance mark of 133,970 for the weekend set a three-game series attendance record in the 20-year history of Petco Park. The previous three-game series record of 133,856, set in April 2022, was also against the Dodgers.

"Unbelievable," said Padres manager Mike Shildt. "This place is special. This is a baseball town.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09