LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexei Ramirez broke up Rich Hill’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning, one of the few dents the Padres were able to make in a dominant outing by the Dodgers left-hander.
Ramirez singled and Wil Myers drove in San Diego’s lone run in the eighth inning of a 5-1 loss on Saturday night, the Padres’ eighth defeat in 11 games.
“He was throwing his pitches really well, working both sides of the plate,” Myers said of Hill. “His fastball was very sneaky, got on you quicker than you expected.”
Luis Perdomo (7-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander tossed a complete game against Miami in his previous start. He came into the game owning a 60 percent ground-ball rate, tops in the National League among pitchers with at least 100 innings.
“You’re a young guy, you’re trying to match Rich Hill pitch for pitch, and instead of getting the ball down in the zone and playing for the double play you start trying to pitch for the punch out,” Padres manager Andy Green said of Perdomo. “You try and do more than you normally do.”
The NL West-leading Dodgers stayed two games in front of San Francisco, which edged the Cubs 3-2 earlier in the day.
Hill (11-3) allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked two in his second start since the Dodgers acquired him from Oakland at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The left-hander was scratched at Colorado last week due to a combination of weather and a finger blister.
Hill remains unbeaten in his last 10 starts since May 7 with a career-best eight-game winning streak, going 8-0 in that span.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 41st save in 47 chances.
The Dodgers piled on Perdomo in the fourth.
They needed just seven pitches in their first four at-bats to break open the scoreless game. Corey Seager singled on the first pitch, Justin Turner singled on a 1-2 offering and Adrian Gonzalez singled on the first pitch, scoring Seager. Grandal came up next and homered on the first pitch, extending the lead to 4-0.
Josh Reddick made it 5-0 in the sixth with his first homer in his 27th game for the Dodgers since being acquired in the Hill deal last month.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross played long toss in a pregame workout. The Padres hope to get him on a mound soon to progress him to pitch an inning at some point. They have no plans to start Ross.
Padres: LHP Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.84 ERA) makes his 19th start coming off his only relief appearance, a one-inning scoreless stint Tuesday at Atlanta. Friedrich is 0-8 with a 5.96 ERA over his 10 starts since June 29.
Dodgers: RHP Jose De Leon makes his major league debut. The 24-year-old finished up his Triple-A season with Oklahoma City with 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 13 without a walk, in a division-clinching win.
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