Alex Wood Goes 7 Scoreless, Andre Ethier Reaches 4 Time To Spark Dodgers Win
An Upton walk in the bottom of the fourth was erased as Derek Norris grounded into a force out. The Padres challenged the ruling at second base, but the out was upheld. Will Myers drew a walk to put two on with one out, but an Austin Hedges fly out ended the inning.
Wood hit Ross with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth before getting out of the inning on a pair of force outs. Ethier improved to 3-for-3 on the night with a leadoff base hit in the sixth. He was eventually replaced on the bases by Crawford, who advanced to second base on Grandal’s bunt single attempt and soon after third base on a Ross wild pitch.
The Dodgers’ lead remained 1-0 however, as Pederson grounded out. Kemp hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth only to be picked off first base by Wood on a play the Dodgers successfully challenged. Upton was called out on strikes and Norris popped out to give Wood six shutout innings.
Kevin Quackenbush came on in relief of Ross and struck out the first two batters faced. Utley kept the inning alive with a double, which prompted the Padres to intentionally walk Adrian Gonzalez. Quackenbush got out of the inning unscathed by striking out Justin Turner.
Wood issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh and later walked pinch-hitter B.J. Upton to put the go-ahead run on base. The Dodger left-hander was allowed to remain in the game and the confidence paid off as Solarte flied out to end the threat.
Ethier reached base for the fourth time on the night by drawing a leadoff walk in the eighth. Crawford continued his hot hitting against the Padres with a base hit that moved Ethier into scoring position. Pederson cashed in on the opportunity with a broken-bat RBI single to extend the Dodgers’ slim lead to 2-0.
Chris Hatcher retired the side in order in the eighth, and Kenley Jansen followed suit in the ninth to close out the Dodgers’ second consecutive win and eighth of their last 10 overall.