Bellinger homers twice as Dodgers beat Padres

Bellinger homers twice as Dodgers beat Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Toles put the Dodgers on top with his seventh-inning double Friday night. Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger made certain that lead would hold up, as the Dodgers rolled to an 8-2 victory in the longest nine-inning game in Petco Park history.

Toles split the right-center field gap with a rocket off Padres reliever Jose Torres, plating two runs and giving the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. In the ninth, Bellinger put the game out of reach with a three-run blast to straightaway center field -- his second of the night and his second two-homer game since his April 25 callup.

"Every home run is big, but just having [Bellinger] in there in the middle of the order, he is doing things to help us win," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Before the Dodgers' four-run ninth-inning barrage, Puig was called upon to keep the Padres at bay. Austin Hedges lifted a deep drive to the warning track with two outs in the eighth. But Puig made an acrobatic leaping catch, corralling the ball in his glove as he landed on his backside just in front of the wall.

Must C: Puig's stellar defense

Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed two runs (one earned) over five-plus frames. He struck out eight, including six straight during the second and third innings. Maeda labored a bit, as did Padres righty Jhoulys Chacin, who tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. But both turned in serviceable efforts, and a battle of bullpens ensued.

Maeda K's six in a row

"He battled really well today," Padres manager Andy Green said of Chacin. "... He gave us an opportunity to win the baseball game. Was he his sharpest? No. But he did enough to win a baseball game against a good club today."

The game lasted four hours and 11 minutes, marking the longest nine-inning affair in Padres history. It was the fifth-longest such game the Dodgers have played.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bellinger blast:
Chacin opened the top of the fourth inning with a pair of fastballs outside the strike zone. His third fastball caught a little too much of the strike zone. Bellinger launched Chacin's 2-0 offering a projected 438 feet into the right-field seats for the third of his four homers since his callup on April 25. The ball left his bat at 113 mph and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Bellinger's two big home runs

"I was trying to go down and away on a sinker. The ball just stayed flat and middle," Chacin said. "[Bellinger's] swinging the bat hard, and he hit the ball really well. ... With guys like him, you have to be careful when you throw him a fastball."

Striking distance: The Padres loaded the bases with three walks against three Dodgers pitchers in the bottom of the sixth inning. But righty Sergio Romo struck out Hunter Renfroe with the bases loaded before getting Erick Aybar to line sharply to third baseman Justin Turner, ending the threat. The Padres -- who are 1-for-18 with men in scoring position over the past two games -- couldn't come up with the big hit. One inning later, the Dodgers did.

"We chased Sergio Romo outside the zone when we had him on the ropes," said Green. "We want to be good, win a World Series someday, we can't play like that. That's not winning baseball. You have to be able to stay in the strike zone."

Turner helps Romo escape jam

AFTER REVIEW
Jabari Blash opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk, and he attempted his first steal of the season three pitches later. On a close play at second, Blash was tagged out just before his right foot reached the bag. The Padres challenged the call, but it was confirmed.

Grandal throws out Blash

WHAT'S NEXT
Dodgers:
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday, looking to improve upon his last outing in which he surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over six innings, taking the loss against the Giants.

Padres: Clayton Richard -- and his 64 percent ground-ball rate -- start Saturday, as the Padres host the Dodgers at 5:40 p.m. PT. Richard has already faced Los Angeles once this season, tossing eight shutout innings in the Padres' second game of the season.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Dodgers on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.