With the New York Mets having Friday’s series opener against the Washington Nationals postponed to Saturday as part of a day-night doubleheader, the Los Angeles Dodgers had an opportunity to move one-half game ahead in the standings with a win against the San Diego Padres.
Cory Spangenberg led off the first inning with a base hit off Alex Wood, who then retired the next three batters faced. Making just his second start of the season, Casey Kelly set the Dodgers down in order in the bottom of the first, all on groundball outs.
As he did in the first, Wood ended the second inning on a strikeout, giving him two in the game. Justin Turner drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the second, but was erased from the bases as Andre Ethier grounded into a double play.
After Corey Seager kept the inning alive with a walk and A.J. Ellis singled to center, Kiké Hernandez struck out to end the inning. Travis Jankowski led off the third inning with a base hit and was sacrificed into scoring position on Kelly’s bunt.
That’s as far as Jankowski reached however, as he was stranded by Spangenberg and Derek Norris. Carl Crawford and Howie Kendrick hit a pair of singles in the bottom of the third to give the Dodgers two on with one out.
Adrian Gonzalez continued to hurt his former team, with his RBI single giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Turner’s would-be double play ball was thrown into shallow left field, allowing Kendrick to score and Gonzalez to go to third.
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