Teoscar Hernandez hits a grand slam and Paxton pitches 6 strong innings as Dodgers beat Padres 5-0

Sun, May 12, 2024
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Teoscar Hernandez hits a grand slam and Paxton pitches 6 strong innings as Dodgers beat Padres 5-0

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Teoscar Hernandez hit a grand slam, James Paxton tossed six scoreless innings to remain undefeated and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 5-0 on Saturday night.

Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer for the Dodgers, who have won eight of their last nine games.

Paxton (5-0) was masterful while allowing four hits with four strikeouts and no walks. In a start against San Diego on April 14, Paxton walked eight in a no-decision.

The Petco Park attendance of 46,701 set the largest single-game attendance record in the stadium's 20-year history. The previous high was 45,567 on March 30, 2014 - opening day - also against the Dodgers.

Even with the loss, the Padres have won four of seven against the Dodgers this season. The teams play the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday.

With the Dodgers leading 1-0 in the sixth, Hernandez blasted a 390-foot shot to left field off a slider from Padres reliever Enyel De Los Santos, who entered the game to face Hernandez.

Freeman hit a solo homer off San Diego starter Matt Waldron (1-5) in the first to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Freeman later doubled and was intentionally walked in four plate appearances.

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The Padres only had one prime chance to score against Paxton, but couldn't cash in. Donovan Solano led off the fifth with a double, but Paxton induced outs from San Diego's next three hitters.

Waldron was strong in defeat, allowing one run and two hits while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. He has lost his last three starts and four of his last five.

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Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 6.75) will make his second start of the season and face LHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.94) in the final game of the series.

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