Tatis homers twice, Padres win third straight vs. Dodgers - Metro US

Tatis homers twice, Padres win third straight vs. Dodgers

Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs, and Joey Lucchesi pitched into the seventh inning as the San Diego Padres earned a 5-3 victory Sunday while handing the Los Angeles Dodgers their first three-game home losing streak this season.

Manuel Margot also homered for the Padres, who lost the opener of the four-game series on Thursday before winning a series against the Dodgers for the first time in seven tries.

Max Muncy and Justin Turner went deep for the Dodgers, who still will head into the All-Star break with a major league-best 60 victories. The Dodgers are just the 15th team in history to win 60 games before the break.

Two days after he injured his right elbow on a play at second base, and a day after he was hit by a pitch on the left elbow, Tatis opened Sunday’s game with a leadoff home run against Dodgers starter Ross Stripling. Margot made it 2-0 in the second inning with a home run that bounced off the top of the center field wall.

Muncy cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning with his 22nd homer of the season.

Tatis delivered the decisive blow with a three-run shot in the fifth inning, his 14th of the season. The rally was aided when Austin Hedges hit an infield double on a soft popup that Muncy lost in the sun at first base. The ball came down on the back of Muncy’s head and rolled into foul territory.

Lucchesi (7-4) gave up three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. He earned his first career victory over the Dodgers in five tries after entering with a 7.64 ERA against them. Kirby Yates earned his third save in three days and his major league-leading 30th on the season.

Turner hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his 10th, before Alex Verdugo added an RBI single in the seventh to get the Dodgers within 5-3. Los Angeles finished the first half with 146 home runs, second most in the National League behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

Stripling (3-3) gave up four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings, with no walks and three strikeouts as the Dodgers lost a home series for the first time since an April 12-14 matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.

–Field Level Media

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