Austin Nola hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 10th inning for the San Diego Padres, who won 3-2 on Saturday night to snap a 10-game losing streak to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nola’s sac fly scored rookie CJ Abrams, who started as the automatic runner at second base and advanced on Trent Grisham’s sacrifice bunt. Justin Bruihl (0-1) took the loss.
The Padres had been outscored 57-23 during the losing streak to the Dodgers, which dated to Aug. 24. Losing three straight series to Los Angeles late last season helped contribute to the Padres’ stunning collapse, which left them with a losing record for the 10th time in as many full seasons since 2011.
Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar, who misplayed Trea Turner’s fly ball into a tying two-run double in the eighth, threw out automatic runner Chris Taylor trying to take third on a flyout opening the 10th. Robert Suarez (1-1) then struck out Mookie Betts.
The Dodgers had been shut down in order for five straight innings by Yu Darvish and reliever Steven Wilson before tying the game during the tense eighth inning.
With the Padres leading 2-0, new closer Taylor Rogers came on to try for a five-out save with runners on first and third. He struck out Freddie Freeman before Turner, a one-time Padres farmhand, lofted a fly ball to left that Profar misplayed into a double off the wall to tie the game.
San Diego reliever Luis Garcia had opened the inning by allowing singles to Taylor and Gavin Lux before striking out Betts.
Darvish pitched brilliantly for six innings, holding the Dodgers to one hit and retiring his final 13 batters.
The 35-year-old right-hander was outstanding for the second straight start. He struck out seven and walked three. Darvish set down 13 straight Dodgers from the final out of the second, when he got out of a bases-loaded jam, through the sixth inning.
Darvish loaded the bases in the second on consecutive two-out walks to Taylor and Lux before striking out Betts. On Friday night, Betts homered twice to break out of a season-opening slump and lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 win.
Jake Cronenworth came into the game in an 0-for-23 slump before beating out an infield single in the first and then homering with two outs in the third against Tyler Anderson. It was his first of the season. Wil Myers hit a sacrifice fly in the second.
Anderson, making a spot start in place of injured Andrew Heaney, allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and three walks.
The series concludes Sunday when LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.00 ERA) faces the Padres for the 44th time in his decorated career. He is 22-9 with a 2.09 ERA against San Diego, including 1-2 in three starts last year. The Padres counter with LHP Sean Manaea (2-1, 1.42).