ECM PADRES REPORT: HOME RUNS POWER PADRES PAST FIRST-PLACE DODGERS

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Jose Pirela hit the go-ahead, game-winning home run for the Padres in the eighth.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 11, 2017 (Los Angeles) - The Padres should have dominated that series against the Reds, but they didn't and now things are going to get worse as they're in Los Angeles for the weekend taking on the red hot, 80-win Dodgers. Clayton Richard started tonight's game one against Rich Hill for the Dodgers.a

The expected happened.  The red-hot Cody Bellinger singled in the first to score Justin Turner and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead.

Manuel Margot stopped the expected from happening for at least a little while with a homer in the third to tie the game.  Cory Spangenberg singled to right to score Carlos Asuaje.  Hunter Renfroe tried to make the lead two runs, but he was thrown out and the Padres left the third inning up 2-1.

Unfortunately, Cody Bellinger still exists.  He singled to right in the Dodgers’ half of the third to score Chris Taylor and tie the game.  

In the fifth, Bellinger got on base and Austin Barnes finished the job with a two-out RBI double and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead.

Not a problem for Margot, who had tied the game with a home run earlier and did so again in the seventh with his second career multi-home run game.

This time, the Padres made sure to take the lead.  Jose Pirela hit a home run to left field just inside of the foul pole in the eighth and the Padres carried their second lead of the game to a 4-3 win to end the Dodgers’ eight-game home winning streak.  

Game two is tomorrow an hour earlier at 6:10 p.m.  Jhoulys Chacin starts against Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers.