LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Gonsolin pitched five scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a hit against the supercharged San Diego Padres, winning 8-1 Friday night after honoring Vin Scully.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts led the stadium in a unison call for Scully’s signature “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” at a pre-game memorial. Scully died Tuesday at age 94.
The NL West rivals met for the first time since San Diego acquired superstar Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The Dodgers extended their division lead to 13½ games over the Padres and showed no signs of slowing down.
Gonsolin (13-1) struck out six and allowed three hits.
Soto was inundated with “Future Dodger” chants at Chavez Ravine last month when he played in the All-Star Game with his name on the trade block. Washington instead sent the 23-year-old to rival Los Angeles, and Soto was booed every Friday at bat.
Soto and ex-Dodger Manny Machado had two of the Padres’ four hits.
The Dodgers scored four runs in the first inning on a two-run double from Hanser Alberto, a field single from Will Smith and an error. The Dodgers added four more runs in the third inning, on a two-run brace from Chris Taylor – in his first game back from IL – and a two-run brace from Cody Bellinger.
Sean Manaea (6-6) had one of the worst starts of his season, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits over four innings.
Joey Gallo had a hit in the ninth inning, his second hit since being acquired by the Dodgers from the New York Yankees.
The Padres scored on Drury’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (fractured wrist) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday or Sunday at Double-A San Antonio.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (back) was placed on the 15-day IL with back pain. He had an X-ray and an MRI, but the results of the MRI were not yet known. There is no timetable for his return.
Padres: RHP Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.13 ERA) picked up his first win in more than a month in his last start, allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings against Colorado .
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.77 ERA) allowed just one earned run and four hits in four innings against the Giants on Monday. It was his second start after a left shoulder injury.
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