Austin Barnes hit a tying home run leading off the seventh and then scored the go-ahead run on Max Muncy’s single with one out in the ninth to lift the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Muncy’s hit off Kirby Yates (0-1) went off the edge of the glove of diving first baseman Eric Hosmer to bring in Barnes, who was aboard on a leadoff double.
Scott Alexander (2-1) got the final out of the eighth for the win. Kenley Jansen earned his 11th save by striking out the side after Hosmer reached on an error by shortstop Corey Seager.
The Padres took a 3-0 lead against Clayton Kershaw after three innings. Manny Machado hit a 437-foot, two-run homer in his first career plate appearance against Kershaw, and Ian Kinsler went deep off the left-hander leading off the third.
It was the first game between the teams since Machado left the Dodgers as a free agent after helping them reach the World Series and signing a $300 million, 10-year contract with the Padres. San Diego entered Friday’s play in third place in the division, 1½ games behind the Dodgers.
Machado drove a 3-2 pitch from Kershaw almost to the top of the second deck in left field with one out in the first and Franmil Reyes aboard on a single. The monster homer silenced the Dodgers fans who booed Machado and energized Padres fans in the sellout crowd of 44,425 that was about evenly split. It was Machado’s sixth.
Kershaw was in danger of losing to the Padres for the first time since 2013 before the Dodgers rallied to get him off the hook.
Chris Taylor homered leading off the third against left-hander Eric Lauer, who then loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and made way for Brad Wieck. Seager hit a sacrifice fly before Wieck struck out Taylor and got Alex Verdugo to ground out.
Barnes tied it with a homer leading off the seventh against Trey Wingenter, his fourth.
Kershaw allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.
Lauer allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two.
Dodgers: Los Angeles had a scare in the fourth after 1B Cody Bellinger dived to his right trying to field Hosmer’s single. Bellinger, the NL Player of the Month for April after hitting .431 with 14 homers and 37 RBIs, appeared in pain and was checked out by a trainer but stayed in the game. … OF A.J. Pollock was home resting Friday after Dr. John Itamura removed hardware from his surgically repaired right elbow on Thursday night. A timetable for his recovery is still to be determined. “Right now for the foreseeable future, he’s in recovery mode,” manager Dave Roberts said.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (0-0, 1.50) is scheduled to start Saturday night. He made his 2019 debut Sunday against the Pirates, allowing one earned run on five hits in six innings. He didn’t factor into the decision in a 7-6 victory. He began the season on the 10-day IL with a sprained right knee.
Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 4.94) is scheduled to start the middle game of the series. He was 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers as a rookie last year.