LOS ANGELES (AP) — The well-rested Los Angeles Dodgers quickly took a big lead and latched onto the San Diego Padres.
Trea Turner homered and doubled as the Dodgers won 5-3 Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NL Division Series.
Behind 17-game winner Julio Urías, the Dodgers led 5-0 after three innings and appeared to be on their way to another Padres blowout.
Los Angeles dominated the regular season, holding a 14-5 advantage and outscoring San Diego 109-47. The Dodgers’ 111 wins won the NL West and the Padres finished second, 22 games back.
“We’ve seen a lot of that lately, especially in the last month,” Turner said. “I knew what to expect. We still have to execute and get the results, but I think we were on our own and didn’t deliver.
As Sandy Koufax watched from the owners’ box, Urías struck out the first eight batters he faced until Austin Nola doubled with two out in the third.
“We have to give a lot of credit to our attack,” Urías said through an interpreter. “They did a good job of battling it out, getting those runs early and putting us in a good position to win.”
Chris Martin, who made two saves this season, conceded a single in the ninth as the Padres had the potential to tie at home plate. Struggling closer, Craig Kimbrel was cut from the Dodgers roster for this best-of-five game.
Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium before the series moves south to San Diego.
“No moral wins, but the last game was better than the first game for us,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said.
“We felt like we had a chance in the final innings to win this game,” he said. “I think everyone is looking forward to coming back here.”
The Padres were coming off a win in the deciding Game 3 of the wild-card series on Sunday night against the Mets in New York.
“We have to put this one behind us and keep competing like we’ve been doing all year,” said Manny Machado, who was 1 for 4 with one strikeout.
The Dodgers, who had five days off after pulling a pass, showed no signs of rust.
In the first, Turner hit a 419-foot shot into the left-field pavilion for his second career playoff homer and first as a Dodger. Two batters later, Will Smith doubled up and scored on Max Muncy’s two-out single for a 2-0 lead.
The Dodgers beat in the third, tacking on three more runs.
Turner doubled in the lead and after Freddie Freeman got airborne, Smith stepped in and doubled deep left center, almost to the same spot where Turner’s ball landed. Gavin Lux doubled into the corner of right field with two outs, leading Smith and chasing Mike Clevinger.
Steven Wilson walked in and quickly accompanied Trayce Thompson to load the bases.
Choking out, Cody Bellinger was first thought to have been hit by a pitch and took first base as Muncy was forced. But after reviewing the video, it appeared that the ball had hit the bat button. Bellinger was called back to the plate and Muncy returned third.
Bellinger was then safe early on an error by first baseman Wil Myers, scoring Muncy. The ball hit the heel of Myers’ glove and he missed on the pickup, leaving no chance to make a play on the fast Bellinger.
The Dodgers’ offense — baseball’s best brand this season — quieted down after the third. Their only baserunner was Freeman, who walked. Mookie Betts and Freeman were a combined 0 for 7 with two strikeouts.
The Dodgers hadn’t played a must-play game since mid-June before running away with the division. But they found themselves in trouble in the fifth.
That’s when the Padres finally came to Urías, closing 5-3 after giving up three straight hits.
Myers started with a solo shot from opposite field on the left. Trent Grisham had an RBI grounder who scored Jake Cronenworth, who had singled. Nola’s sacrifice fly scored Ha-Seong Kim, who doubled up.
San Diego again threatened in the sixth against Evan Phillips, but the defense bailed him out.
Juan Soto designed a first step. Heavily booed by the crowd of 52,407, Machado followed with an inside net that the Dodgers hoped to foul. He didn’t, and went for a single.
After pinch hitter Josh Bell struck out, Myers emerged as the potential kickoff.
Myers got into a late-inning double play, thrown by second baseman Gavin Lux. He turned back to Turner and the shortstop double-clutched before shooting first to get Myers.
“It’s tough,” Turner said. “He kind of has to do that 360. I fall on the bag, so he has to throw me a good throw too. A lot of things have to go right for this game to play.
Urías allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. The southpaw struck out six and walked none.
Clevinger allowed five runs — four earned — and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked two.
Turner and Soto briefly greeted each other before the game. They were teammates at the Washington Nationals until Turner joined the Dodgers last season and Soto joined the Padres at this year’s trade deadline.
Soto came to Dodger Stadium to cheer on Turner during last year’s playoffs.
“A mutual respect that we have for each other,” Turner said. ” We are boys. I know he wants to beat us, just like I want to beat them. I’ll probably talk to him after the show ends and during the offseason.
The wind picked up over the last two innings, with the center field flags blowing straight. The rain started to fall after the final, although it didn’t last long. The field crew had the rare chance to roll out the tarp and cover the infield.
“It was definitely different,” Turner said. “We haven’t really had that all year.”
MOVING THE LIST
Kimbrel had already been demoted from his ninth-inning role two weeks ago after struggling much of the season as the successor to Kenley Jansen, who left as a free agent last winter.
RH Yu Darvish, who had a 3.10 ERA in the regular season, starts Game 2 for the Padres. LH Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw opts for the Dodgers.
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