Tatis has 2 HR, 3 RBI on Kershaw, Padres beat Dodgers 5-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs against Clayton Kershaw and had three RBIs for San Diego, which beat NL rival West Los Angeles 5-2 Friday night in the first meeting between teams since the Padres eliminated the Dodgers in the NL Division Series.

Yu Darvish (2-2) edged Kershaw (5-2), who was knocked out in the fifth inning in front of a loud, festive crowd on Cinco de Mayo. The division-leading Dodgers saw their six-game winning streak snapped.

It was the first meeting between the teams since Oct. 15, when the Padres beat the 111-game Dodgers 5-3 on a rainy Saturday night to qualify for the NL Championship Series for the first time in 24 years.

Tatis sent Padres fans into a frenzy when he struck to the center early in the third and again when he lined up a two-run left shot with no outs in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. He has homered four times since returning April 20 after an 80-game suspension from PED.

It was Tatis’ ninth career multihomer game and fourth against the Dodgers. He also connected twice against Kershaw on April 23, 2021 at Dodger Stadium.

Tatis took his signature stuttering step around third base and a teammate placed a green, red, white and black sombrero on his head after scoring. Tatis bought the sombrero at the team hotel in Mexico City a week earlier and the Padres began using it for home run celebrations the next day when they hit six in a 16 win. -11 against San Francisco.

After Tatis’ second homer, Manny Machado and Juan Soto scored a single before Kershaw retired Xander Bogaerts and Nelson Cruz. Jake Cronenworth then walked and Machado scored on Ha-Seong Kim’s single, when shortstop Miguel Rojas was unable to play against second baseman Miguel Vargas.

Manager Dave Roberts came out of the dugout to lift Kershaw, 35, who allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked five.

It was only the second time in Kershaw’s career that he had worked so few runs and allowed so many earned runs and walks. On April 16, 2011, against St. Louis, he allowed five earned runs and walked five in 4 2/3 innings. It was his first-ever outing in which he allowed at least four earned runs, five walks and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings or less.

Kershaw, who has won his previous four starts, saw his ERA drop from 1.89 to 2.53.

Darvish, who came on a day after Joe Musgrove developed a blister on his right foot, allowed two runs, one earned and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

The Padres, who won 10 of 14 goals, drew a season-high 11 walks.

The Dodgers had runners at second and third with no outs in the first after Mookie Betts walked first and advanced on Freddie Freeman’s double in the right corner of the field. They only got one run, however, when Betts slid headfirst into the floor of Max Muncy at first base.


Padres: OF Oscar Azocar was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to Wednesday. OF Adam Engel has been reinstated from IL for 10 days.


Dodgers RHP Dustin May (3-1, 3.19 ERA) and Padres LHP Blake Snell (1-4, 5.28 ERA) are scheduled to start Saturday night.


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