SAN DIEGO -- During a 30-hour stretch in San Diego this weekend, the Dodgers' record-setting pace took a serious hit. Erick Aybar and Jose Pirela went deep on Sunday afternoon, sending the Padres to a 6-4 victory, their third over their National League West rivals in two days.
"I can assure you, this won't break us," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "When you're the team that we are and you've had the season we have had, teams are going to want to play well against you and you're essentially going to get the best of every team. And that's what's supposed to happen. It's up to us to go out there and answer the bell. We haven't played well the last 10 days, but we'll get home and play Arizona and you'll see a much better team."
Bellinger's blast, a ninth-inning shot off Brad Hand, was his 36th of the season, breaking Mike Piazza's franchise rookie record. But Hand settled in for his 15th save, getting pinch-hitter Austin Barnes to pop up to short as the potential tying run. Los Angeles has now lost eight of its past nine games, including two in a doubleheader on Saturday (though, at 92-44 they own the Majors' best record by a wide margin).
"We obviously have a very young team here against the best team in baseball," said Padres first baseman Wil Myers, who notched his first three-hit game since July 7. "To come out here and win three in a row at home, to show what we can do against them, it's pretty cool. ... We hit from top to bottom. We've pitched. Our starters have been good, our bullpen has been great. It's been pretty cool to watch everyone contribute like this."
Making his return from the disabled list, left-hander Alex Wood struck out seven while allowing four runs over six innings.
"These guys are aggressive and when you make mistakes, like most Major League hitters, you're going to be in trouble," Roberts said. "Alex wasn't as sharp as he'd like. He wanted to take the ball for the sixth inning to save the bullpen a little bit."
Wood was bitten by the long ball. Aybar put the Padres on top with a two-run shot in the fourth, and Pirela tacked on his 10th dinger of the of the season an inning later.
That was enough support for Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who turned in his best start in more than a month. Chacin allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out eight over seven innings. He punctuated his effort by getting Logan Forsythe to chop into a double play with the Padres clinging to a one-run lead in the seventh.
"I knew if I got a fly ball or struck him out, they would pinch-hit with a lefty and I'd be out of the game," Chacin said. "I was just thinking, 'Time to get a ground ball.'"
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Insurance: The Padres loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh against Dodgers reliever Fabio Castillo. It set the stage for Myers, who has spent the past couple of months in a slump. Myers fell behind in the count before swatting a 1-2 changeup into left field for his third hit of the day. Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje, who opened the frame with a pair of singles, came around to score, and the Padres had a pair of insurance runs.
Jose's way: During the Dodgers' trip to San Diego in June, Pirela and Wood engaged in a verbal spat that prompted the dustup between their two managers. It began when Wood accused Pirela of stealing signs, then allegedly threatened to plunk Pirela if he continued. Pirela enacted a bit of revenge Sunday, launching a no-doubt solo shot in the fifth, giving the Padres a 4-2 lead. More >>
"Really resilient series. They scored on us multiple times in multiple games, and we kept coming back on them. That's what you want to have and from a young club, it's good to see." -- Padres manager Andy Green
"It's the same formula we've had all year long, but the results are not there." -- Roberts
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Chacin allowed a career-high nine runs to the Dodgers on Opening day in Los Angeles. Since then, he's faced them four times and has posted a 1.61 ERA. Chacin is one of four big league pitchers this season with multiple wins over the Dodgers.
Padres catcher Austin Hedges made one of the most athletic defensive efforts of the season in the fourth inning -- but to no avail. Curtis Granderson bounced a chopper to first, and Myers delivered an errant underhand flip that rolled toward the Padres' dugout. In his effort to prevent Granderson from receiving an extra base, Hedges went into a full-extension dive, tumbling onto the dugout steps, while keeping the ball on the top step. With the rest of Hedges' body out of play, however, Granderson was awarded second, and he would score on Justin Turner's ground-rule double, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
"It was just a great effort," Green said. "To see a guy care that much to go flying to try to save an extra base -- it could've been a big deal for us. I just love the effort."
With two outs in the ninth, Yasiel Puig bounced a slow chopper to short, where Aybar came up throwing. A lunging Puig arrived at first base just in time to extend the game. But not before replay review captivated the 33,949 in attendance. The safe call stood, bringing Barnes to the plate as the potential tying run.
WHAT'S NEXT Dodgers:Rich Hill gets an immediate chance for redemption when he starts Monday's 5:10 p.m. PT Labor Day homestand opener against the D-backs, who roughed him up for six runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings at Chase Field on Tuesday. He is 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA against Arizona in his career. Preview >>
Padres: For the second time in three weeks, Luis Perdomo will face his former organization on Monday, when the Cardinals come to town to open a four-game set. Perdomo, who came to San Diego via the 2015 Rule 5 Draft, has reeled off eight straight starts of at least six innings. First pitch is slated for 1:40 p.m. PT. Preview >>