SAN DIEGO — — Freddie Freeman drove in 4 runs on 4 hits, together with a two-run homer, and Trea Turner hit a go-forward, three-run double for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Saturday evening to cut back to 4 their magic quantity for clinching the NL West.
The Dodgers, an MLB-greatest 95-43, can clinch a postseason berth for the tenth straight season with a victory Sunday or a Milwaukee loss. They are additionally closing in on their ninth division title in 10 seasons.
“I feel everyone knows what sort of lead now we have,” Freeman stated. “But when you begin taking a look at that, and a few of the different issues, that lead’s going to evaporate and you will get slightly bit relaxed. I like the best way we have been enjoying video games the previous couple of days. Even yesterday’s sport was only a good baseball sport.
“We’ve simply received to maintain the foot on the pedal and hold going and clinch it, and every time we do clinch it, simply hold going after that, too.”
The Dodgers proceed to dominate the Padres, profitable for the eleventh time in 14 video games this season and for the twenty first time of their final 24 matchups. They’ll go for his or her eighth straight sequence win in opposition to the Padres on Sunday.
San Diego dropped into the NL’s third wild-card spot, three video games forward of Milwaukee.
Julio Urías (16-7) allowed two dwelling runs to Manny Machado however in any other case quieted the Padres for seven innings to win his third straight begin and for the twelfth time in 13 choices.
With Freeman main the best way, the Dodgers bounced again from a 5-4, 10-inning loss within the sequence opener on a moist Friday evening. Freeman drove in Turner on three of his hits and completed a triple shy of the cycle.
Turner tripled between rookie heart fielder Jose Azocar and proper fielder Juan Soto with two outs within the third and scored on Freeman’s single to proper.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs within the fifth in opposition to Blake Snell (6-9) and Turner cleared them with a double to heart that gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Freeman then doubled in Turner.
Turner walked with one out within the seventh and was aboard for Freeman’s homer to heart subject, his nineteenth. Will Smith doubled and scored on Chris Taylor’s single.
“I’m simply attempting to be a very good hitter and generally it goes over the fence,” Freeman stated. “When guys get on I simply need to see them hold making left turns. All 4 hits had been with guys on base right this moment.”
Urías held San Diego to 2 runs and 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked two. He loaded the bases with two outs within the first however then struck out Jake Cronenworth.
“He was excellent,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “I’m having a tough time arising with adjectives to explain him and what he is finished for us. Just to get via that first inning, his pitch depend received up slightly bit however the subsequent six had been actually clear. He threw the baseball very well.”
Machado hit a moonshot homer to left with two outs within the third and one other one to proper with one out within the sixth. He has 28.
“You’ve received to tip your hat to him,” Urías stated via a translator. “He’s clearly a extremely good hitter and he is seeing me very well. Hopefully down the highway if I see him once more, I’ll go take a look at the video and make these changes and see if we will get him out subsequent time.”
Snell allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in 4-plus innings. He struck out 5 and walked three.
Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O’Ree, the primary Black participant within the NHL, was on the sport for a sponsor promotion and spent a number of minutes visiting with Roberts, bench coach Bob Geren and proper fielder Mookie Betts. O’Ree lives in suburban La Mesa, and Roberts and Geren went to San Diego-area excessive colleges. O’Ree was sporting a Padres cap of their outdated blue-and-white coloration scheme, and Geren went into the Dodgers clubhouse and received him a brand new LA cap.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who performed Padres catcher Mike Lawson within the quick-lived Fox drama “Pitch” in 2016, was sporting a Dodgers cap whereas watching batting observe. Gosselaar, who starred within the TV present “Saved by the Bell,” chatted with Roberts for a number of minutes.
Dodgers: Placed RHP Blake Treinen on the injured listing with proper shoulder tightness, retroactive to Wednesday, and recalled RHP Andre Jackson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Padres: Reinstated RHP Pierce Johnson (proper forearm tendinitis) from the 60-day IL, optioned RHP Reiss Knehr to Triple-A El Paso, reinstated C Austin Nola from the paternity listing, and designated OF Matt Beaty for task.
Dodgers LHP Andrew Heaney (2-2, 2.94 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (9-6, 3.16) are scheduled to begin the sequence finale Sunday.