Dodgers beat Padres 4-0 and make a statement with 3-game sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit two homers, Tyler Anderson gave up two hits in a sparkling seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the revamped San Diego Padres with a 4-0 win on Sunday.

Freddie Freeman had two RBI singles in the Dodgers’ eighth straight major league win and 30th in 35 games.

The Dodgers’ sweep was also a solid response to San Diego’s bold moves at the trade deadline to acquire Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury. After largely withstanding the deadline, Los Angeles coldly opened up a huge 15 1/2 game lead in the NL West while outscoring the second-place Padres by a combined 20-4 in three wins at Chavez Ravine.

Los Angeles has won 17 of its last 19 meetings with the Padres, who have fallen to 1-4 with four straight losses since their new sluggers arrived Wednesday, culminating in just their second shutout loss since May 18. The team sometimes known as Slam Diego also didn’t homer in its four-game skid, and it had just two hits in the series finale.

Soto went 0 for 2 with two walks, without a hit for the first time since joining San Diego in one of the biggest trades in baseball history. Soto was entertaining while carrying a microphone for the ESPN broadcast early in the game, but his frustration was evident when he went on a double play to finish the sixth.

Anderson (13-1) added to his breakout All-Star season by going at least seven innings for the sixth time. He struck out three while mostly confusing the Padres with his off-speed throws and control of his 92-mph fastball.

Yu Darvish (10-5) had seven hits in six solid innings, striking out five and knocking out the Dodgers except on their third two-run hit by Bellinger’s first homer.

Bellinger added a solo shot in the seventh and went 3-for-3 in his 15th career multi-home run game — his second against the Padres this season. Max Muncy and Mookie Betts had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who hit 33 in the series.

Anderson navigated the Padres’ revamped lineup even more effectively than the Dodgers in the previous two games of the series, allowing just one single and one walk in the first five innings.

Darvish had struck out seven straight before Bellinger shot to left center in the third. The 2019 NL MVP became the second struggling Dodgers hitter in two days to come out of a slump with a homer, following Muncy’s three-pointer on Saturday night.

Freeman drove Betts to third and tackled Trea Turner to seventh after Bellinger’s 15th homer of the season.

YOU HAVE TO WIN IT

The Dodgers pitching staff allowed just one earned run in the three-game series. LA allowed a major league 345 runs this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. got the first game of his long rehab this weekend with Double-A San Antonio. There is still no official timeline for his return from wrist surgery in March.

Dodgers: RHP Yency Almonte went on the injured list with a right elbow tightness after reporting pain while playing catch. He will have an MRI on Monday, but he doesn’t think it’s a serious injury. LA recalled RHP Andre Jackson. … 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) is expected to return on Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said. … Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol will pitch in another mock game on Tuesday. If all goes well, they will then go to rehab in the minor leagues.

NEXT

Padres: Open a four-game home series against NL rival West San Francisco on Monday. Blake Snell (4-5, 4.16 ERA) goes to the mound.

Dodgers: After a day off with the return of Clayton Kershaw’s charity ping pong event, Julio Urías (11-6, 2.57 ERA) takes to the mound on Tuesday to open a two-game interleague series against Minnesota .

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