SAN DIEGO (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched six shutout innings, and Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner each had three hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Monday night.
Kershaw (3-4) improved his career mark to 18-6 against the Padres as the Dodgers moved a half-game behind the idle Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League West lead. Los Angeles won for the 33rd time in 48 contests.
Luis Perdomo (1-3) gave up six runs, 10 hits and three walks – one intentional – over seven innings in his second start since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
The Padres were handcuffed by Kershaw as they managed but a pair of singles and a walk against the Dodgers’ ace. Kershaw was sharp from the onset, recording his five strikeouts in the first four innings. San Diego never had two baserunners aboard in the same inning and had just one in scoring position during his outing.
The Padres, who got a home run from Wil Myers in the ninth, lost for the sixth time in eight games. It was Myers’ fifth homer in three games.
Kershaw, who has had two stints on the disabled list this year, won his second straight start in throwing 89 pitches, his most since May 1. Monday’s impressive outing gave Kershaw his first road win of the season and came on the heels of him tossing six innings in a win over the Pirates.
The Dodgers broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring five runs after sending eight batters to the plate.
Bellinger opened with an opposite-field double, Matt Kemp walked and Yasmani Grandal hit a double to drive in Bellinger. Chris Taylor’s RBI single made it 2-0 and Andrew Toles stroked a two-run double off the base of the left-field fence.
Toles, called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game with Yasiel Puig (oblique) going on the disabled list, scored from third on Joc Pederson’s grounder to stalk Kershaw to a 5-0 lead
Perdomo wiggled from a jam in the second as the Dodgers had two singles, a double and a walk. But Kemp hit into a double play and Kershaw grounded out to end the threat.
Dodgers: RF Puig (right oblique) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Manager Dave Roberts said Puig will be out for an extended period of time.
Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (right elbow) threw a bullpen session on Sunday and is slated for another one on Wednesday.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (2-3), who is coming off a win over the Pirates, starts the middle game of the four-game series. Hill has a career mark of 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA in eight starts against the Padres.
Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (4-5) has settled down after a rocking April-May in which he posted a 7.67 ERA in seven starts. Over six outings in June, Lauer had a 2.76 ERA. Lauer threw six scoreless innings and earned his first career win when beating the Dodgers on May 6.
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