March 28, 2023

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Darvish dominant as Padres beat LA in 10

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SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers delivered the first blow in the season series between these two Southern California rivals on Friday night. The Padres, in a 10-inning thriller, punched right back on Saturday with a 3-2 win.

Austin Nola’s walk-off sacrifice fly would prove decisive in the bottom of the 10th, after some defensive heroics from Jurickson Profar in the top half of the frame.

The Padres led 2-0 entering the eighth inning after six excellent frames from right-hander Yu Darvish. He struck out seven and allowed only one hit. But the Dodgers would rally to tie the game on Trea Turner’s two-out, two-run double off Padres closer Taylor Rogers, who had been tasked with recording a five-out save.

Rogers didn’t get the save. But he kept Los Angeles off the board in the ninth, and his five outs sent the game to extras. The Dodgers’ automatic runner was cut down at third base on a perfect throw from Profar.

From there, the Padres played small ball. Trent Grisham bunted C.J. Abrams to third base, and Nola drove him in with a fly ball to left field that was just deep enough.

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