Dave Roberts rushed into his workplace after the Dodgers’ victory and turned on the TV. He caught a well-recognized sight — the rival Giants profitable once more.

“I was doing a little scouting,” the supervisor mentioned.

Mookie Betts and Corey Seager homered back-to-back within the first inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock did the identical within the fourth, and Los Angeles accomplished a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with an 8-3 victory Thursday evening.

The defending World Series champions remained two video games behind NL West-leading San Francisco, which beat Arizona 5-4 with a walk-off hit within the ninth inning. Los Angeles is chasing its ninth consecutive division title and time is operating out.

“This is two teams playing really good baseball in a pennant race,” Roberts mentioned. “We just got to play good baseball. If we do that, bring it on. It doesn’t matter who we play or what format.”

The Dodgers received their twelfth in a row at house, the place they shut out the common season with three video games in opposition to NL Central-champion Milwaukee whereas the Giants host San Diego. The Dodgers want to brush the Brewers and have the Padres sweep the Giants to say the division.

“I’m not worried about them and what they’re doing,” third baseman Justin Turner mentioned. “We have to control what’s in front of us. We did a great job tonight.”

With 103 wins and three video games left, the Dodgers might end with probably the most victories of a staff that failed to complete first, topping the 104 by the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, who have been two video games behind St. Louis, and the 1909 Chicago Cubs, who completed six wins behind Pittsburgh.

Seager continued his streak of scorching hitting. He went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and has 5 homers in his final 4 video games.

“He knows what he wants to do and he knows his swing as good as anyone,” Turner mentioned. “Right now, it looks pretty familiar. Looks very similar to that bubble Corey Seager we saw last year in the postseason.”

The sellout crowd of 52,550 was nonetheless settling in when Betts launched his 23rd homer to left-center and Seager followed together with his fifteenth to the decrease right-field seats off Vince Velasquez (3-9).

The Dodgers prolonged the result in 4-1 on Turner’s twenty sixth homer and Pollock’s twentieth within the fourth.

The Dodgers have 11 homers of their final two video games. Betts homered to start out a comeback within the seventh on Wednesday evening, and Max Muncy, Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Seager slugged homers within the eighth to ultimately win 11-9.

Seager added a solo shot within the seventh.

Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted a two-run, 467-foot shot — his NL-leading forty second — that cleared the left-field pavilion within the fifth, drawing the Padres to 4-3. At 116.6 mph, it was the toughest hit ball of his profession. Tatis snapped an 0-for-14 skid courting to final Friday.

Ha-Seong Kim homered for the Padres within the second.

The Dodgers tacked on three runs within the sixth for a 7-3 lead. Will Smith and Bellinger had RBI singles and Pollock had a sacrifice fly.

Corey Knebel (4-0) bought the win with 1 1/3 innings of aid. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

Velasquez gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

The Padres misplaced their final 9 video games in opposition to the Dodgers and completed the season collection with a 7-12 mark.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Placed RHP Yu Darvish on IL with left hip impingement. … Reinstated RHP Craig Stammen from IL after he had flu-like signs.

SCENE OF THE HIT

The State Farm advert in heart discipline bore the white tape define of Gavin Lux’s physique. He crashed into the wall head-on and tumbled over chasing Wil Myers’ triple on Wednesday. The Dodgers utility participant was nonetheless sore a day later.

“It was fun to see that,” Roberts mentioned of the gag. “Gavin enjoyed it, too. Guys giving him a little bit of ribbing.”

GETTING CATTY

Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin allowed three runs and 4 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out 5 and walked two. The famous feline fan wore cleats with totally different coloured fake fur on the tops of every one and an image of a cat on the facet. He helped with the design, which paid homage to considered one of his cats.

“It was a lot of fun wearing those,” he mentioned.

LAST CALL

Umpire Brian Gorman labored his final sport earlier than retiring Thursday evening. The 62-year-old umpired in three World Series, two All-Star Games and quite a few division and league championship collection throughout his 30-year profession during which he referred to as video games in each the National and American leagues. His father, Tom, was an NL umpire from 1951-77. Gorman was acknowledged by the general public handle announcer earlier than the sport.

UP NEXT

Padres: They hadn’t named a starter for Friday’s opener at San Francisco.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-8, 3.38) begins Friday in opposition to NL Central champion Milwaukee. He’s tossed two full video games in opposition to the Brewers, in 2013 and 2014.