Dodgers given walking boot by Padres, who win it in 11 innings – Los Angeles Times

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Chin-Hui Tsao stood at the mound as a half-filled ballpark erupted in delight. He had just issued his third consecutive walk, the last on four pitches, to send the Dodgers to a fourth consecutive defeat. In a 3-2 loss in 11 innings to San Diego, the Dodgers suffered a rare indignity: a walk-off walk.

From behind the plate, A.J. Ellis stood up to protest the call. Manager Dave Roberts left the dugout to the do the same. Tsao stood at attention as Yangervis Solarte, the last man to walk, was mobbed by teammates and Wil Myers, the man who scored the winning run, arrived at the plate. Myers had singled to lead off the inning. With three walks, Tsao, a 34-year-old reliever called up earlier this week, did the rest.

Thus ended another fitful night for the Dodgers (21-23). Alex Wood established a career benchmark with 13 strikeouts. But he wavered in the seventh inning and exited with two runners aboard. Adam Liberatore allowed a sacrifice fly as San Diego knotted the score.

The Dodgers’ lineup produced four hits. The only one of consequence was a two-run homer by Trayce Thompson.

Wood sought to buck a trend. He has been splendid at home, with a 1.37 earned-run average in four outings. On the road, he acts like a left-handed piñata. Away from Dodger Stadium, Wood owned an 8.05 ERA. He allowed opposing hitters to post an .880 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. To put that number in perspective, only two Dodgers, Thompson and Joc Pederson, entered Saturday with an OPS above .880.

Wood showed no signs of homesickness. He struck out six in the first three innings, including a wipeout of the side in the third. Behind the plate, umpire Chris Guccione granted strikes at the knees, and Wood filled up the zone with them.

Myers collected San Diego’s first hit when he led off the fourth with a single. Wood was undeterred. He struck out former Dodger Matt Kemp with a curveball. Utilizing his herky-jerky motion, he fanned Melvin Upton Jr. with another curve.

Upton shattered the Dodgers on Friday night. His walk-off home run was the first Kenley Jansen had ever allowed in his career. Upton cost the Dodgers a theoretically uplifting victory, one powered by Justin Turner‘s go-ahead homer in the eighth. Instead, the team shuffled toward defeat.

Roberts checked in on Jansen on Saturday afternoon to gauge his mood. He found his closer upbeat and hungry for another save opportunity. In order to get there, of course, the Dodgers actually needed to procure a lead. To do that, the offense needed to score a run.

That task proved tall. The Dodgers faced Cesar Vargas, the 24-year-old rookie who stymied them across 5 1/3 scoreless innings last month. Vargas allowed only two hits in the first five innings Saturday.

Dodgers given walking boot by Padres, who win it in 11 innings – Los Angeles Times