Buehler goes 7 strong, Dodgers beat Padres 6-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to be careful with talented rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, but his performances thus far will tempt the team to give him more work.

Buehler tied a career high with eight strikeouts, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Sunday for their eighth victory in 10 games.

Buehler (3-1) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, striking out eight for the third time in his seven career starts. His previous eight-strikeout game was May 10 against the Cincinnati Reds. The other one was also against the Padres, when Buehler started the Dodgers' first combined no-hitter in franchise history with six scoreless innings.

He threw 93 pitches on Sunday and has yet to exceed 97 pitches in a start.

''I think I'm making a lot better 0-0 pitches, and getting guys in holes,'' Buehler said. ''Or if I miss, it's not what they want to see. I'm throwing more two-seamers early and luckily getting out of some bad mistake pitches with a little movement. When you're ahead, you're going to be more efficient.''

The Dodgers don't claim to have a hard limit on the number of pitches or innings Buehler will throw this year. He is less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery, which is one reason for the cautious approach.

He has thrown 54 innings combined in the majors and minors. At that pace, he would top 160 innings by the end of the regular season.

But the five-time defending division champions have their eye on the postseason as well.

''A lot of it is on how he feels and how the training staff sees how he's doing and how his body is responding to a long season,'' manager Dave Roberts said. ''As we get deeper into the summer, we'll keep an eye on Walker. It's just how he is feeling.''

The Dodgers broke open a tight game late to secure Buehler's first home victory. The Padres went exclusively with their bullpen in the series finale. Left-hander Matt Strahm started and went two scoreless innings.

''It's tough when you ask a bullpen to go out there and give you nine innings against a very good club,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''I think overall we had a chance to win the game. The plan kind of worked how we wanted to from a pitching standpoint. You get a one-run game going into the seventh or the eighth, then if you tie that thing up or take the lead, you can leverage guys and things turn out a little bit differently.''

Strahm, Adam Cimber and Kazuhisa Makita kept the Padres in it until Tyler Webb gave up two homers in the eighth.

''Andy last night told me, `Give it everything you've got, whether it be one to three innings, and we'll figure it out from there,''' Strahm said. ''So I did exactly what he wanted me to do and just didn't worry about it and just filled the zone. Once he shook my hand I was gone.''

The Dodgers scored twice in the third against Cimber (2-2), getting things started when Buehler delivered his second career hit, a single to center. Chris Taylor followed with a double. Enrique Hernandez's single to left scored Buehler and sent Taylor to third.

Justin Turner followed with a sharp grounder to third that nearly made Padres history. Third baseman Christian Villanueva looked Taylor back to the bag before throwing to second to start a double play. Taylor raced home and scored just ahead of the throw from first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Taylor's dive, just ahead of the tag from catcher Raffy Lopez, prevented the Padres' first triple play since 2010.

Muncy hit a towering two-run homer in the eighth off Webb. It was the sixth home run this season for Muncy, who entered in the fifth as a pinch-hitter.

Bellinger then hit his eighth homer of the year, a shot to center off Webb. It was his second home run since May 16 and just his fourth extra-base hit in that time.

''I think we're starting to get our mojo back,'' Bellinger said. ''Everyone is getting healthy. ... We're feeling good and feeling confident again.''

The Padres scored their only run in the fifth. Freddy Galvis led off with a double to right and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Lopez that carried Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to the wall in the left field corner.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw came out of his Saturday simulated game feeling fine and will return to the rotation Thursday against the Phillies after spending a month on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.

UP NEXT

RHP Brock Stewart (0-0, 3.72 ERA), who is on his fourth separate stint with the Dodgers this season, will make his second start of the season Monday and first-ever start against the Phillies. LHP Eric Lauer (1-2, 6.67) will start in the opener of the Padres' three-game home series against the Miami Marlins, coming off a solid outing at Washington where he gave up one run on six hits over six innings.

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  • W: W. Buehler (3-1)L: A. Cimber (2-2)
  • HR: LAD - M. Muncy (6), C. Bellinger (8)
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  • b-grounded out for Cimber in the 5th
  • c-singled for Makita in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Buehler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Jankowski, J. Pirela (14), F. Galvis (8)
  • SF - R. Lopez (2)
  • RBI - R. Lopez (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor (12)
  • HR - M. Muncy (6), C. Bellinger (8)
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (16), M. Muncy 2 (17), C. Bellinger 2 (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Taylor (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Lopez-Spangenberg; Villanueva-Spangenberg-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Strahm2.02001203.861.824.0
A. Cimber (L, 2-2)2.05220003.251.19-6.0
K. Makita3.00000306.141.2310.5
T. Webb1.034410212.601.80-5.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Strahm2.0
A. Cimber (L, 2-2)2.0
K. Makita3.0
T. Webb1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler (W, 3-1)7.04110802.200.9030.0
T. Cingrani (H, 10)1.01000105.891.152.5
J. Fields1.01000102.190.972.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 3-1)7.0
T. Cingrani (H, 10)1.0
J. Fields1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 31-21, A. Cimber 27-21, K. Makita 29-21, T. Webb 24-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 2-1, A. Cimber 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 8, A. Cimber 10, K. Makita 9, T. Webb 7
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Buehler (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 93-66, T. Cingrani 20-13, J. Fields 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 6-7
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 25, T. Cingrani 4, J. Fields 4
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  • a-grounded out for Strahm in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Cimber in the 5th
  • c-singled for Makita in the 8th
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C. Taylor SS32200100.248.338.450.7885.0
E. Hernandez CF20110001.214.293.436.7292.0
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J. Turner 3B40000022.256.333.395.729-1.0
Y. Grandal C31100110.260.365.480.8452.5
M. Kemp LF30100001.333.365.522.8871.0
J. Pederson LF10000001.246.343.390.7330.0
C. Bellinger 1B-CF41121001.237.302.443.7467.0
L. Forsythe 2B40100000.200.247.300.5471.0
Y. Puig RF30100002.220.288.379.6661.0
W. Buehler P21100001.133.133.133.2672.0
b- C. Utley PH10000010.224.311.336.648-0.5
T. Cingrani P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Fields P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Buehler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Jankowski, J. Pirela (14), F. Galvis (8)
  • SF - R. Lopez (2)
  • RBI - R. Lopez (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor (12)
  • HR - M. Muncy (6), C. Bellinger (8)
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (16), M. Muncy 2 (17), C. Bellinger 2 (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Taylor (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Lopez-Spangenberg; Villanueva-Spangenberg-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Strahm2.02001203.861.824.0
A. Cimber (L, 2-2)2.05220003.251.19-6.0
K. Makita3.00000306.141.2310.5
T. Webb1.034410212.601.80-5.0
Total8.01066252---
PITCHERSIP
M. Strahm2.0
A. Cimber (L, 2-2)2.0
K. Makita3.0
T. Webb1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler (W, 3-1)7.04110802.200.9030.0
T. Cingrani (H, 10)1.01000105.891.152.5
J. Fields1.01000102.190.972.5
Total9.06110100---
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 3-1)7.0
T. Cingrani (H, 10)1.0
J. Fields1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 31-21, A. Cimber 27-21, K. Makita 29-21, T. Webb 24-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 2-1, A. Cimber 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 8, A. Cimber 10, K. Makita 9, T. Webb 7
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Buehler (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 93-66, T. Cingrani 20-13, J. Fields 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 6-7
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 25, T. Cingrani 4, J. Fields 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Bellinger homered to center, Grandal scored16
    Muncy homered to right, Taylor scored14
  • 5TH INNING
    Lopez hit sacrifice fly to left, Galvis scored12
  • 3RD INNING
    Turner grounded into double play third to second to first, Taylor scored, Hernandez out at second02
    Hernandez singled to shallow left, Buehler scored, Taylor to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Josh Fields relieved Tony Cingrani
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike looking, Pirela singled to center
    • C. Villanueva: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg lined out to center
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pirela to second on fielder's indifference, Reyes flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Cingrani pitching
    • Joc Pederson in left
    • R. Lopez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
    • A.J. Ellis hit for Kazuhisa Makita
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ellis singled to shallow left
    • Franchy Cordero ran for A.J. Ellis
    • T. Jankowski: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jankowski flied out to left
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hosmer flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Webb pitching
    • C. Taylor: Taylor singled to right
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Muncy homered to right, Taylor scored
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner popped out to first
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Pederson lined out to left
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bellinger homered to center, Grandal scored
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Spangenberg struck out on foul tip
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Makita Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe lined out to third
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Foul, Foul, Puig popped out to second
    • Chase Utley hit for Walker Buehler
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Utley struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Pirela: Pirela grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villanueva grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Makita Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Grandal flied out to deep center
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp lined out to left
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger popped out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Galvis doubled to deep right
    • R. Lopez: Foul, Ball, Galvis to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Lopez hit sacrifice fly to left, Galvis scored
    • Matt Szczur hit for Adam Cimber
    • M. Szczur: Szczur grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jankowski struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kazuhisa Makita pitching
    • C. Taylor: Taylor fouled out to third
    • Max Muncy hit for Enrique Hernandez
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pirela reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Spangenberg lined out to center
    • F. Reyes: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reyes grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cimber Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bellinger fouled out to shortstop
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe lined out to center
    • Y. Puig: Puig reached on an infield single to second
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Buehler grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • R. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lopez flied out to left
    • Tyson Ross hit for Matt Strahm
    • T. Ross: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ross grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Jankowski: Jankowski doubled to left
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Cimber pitching
    • W. Buehler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Buehler singled to center
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor doubled to right, Buehler to third
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to shallow left, Buehler scored, Taylor to third
    • J. Turner: Turner grounded into double play third to second to first, Taylor scored, Hernandez out at second
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Ball, Grandal singled to center
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Grandal out at second
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp singled to right
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger reached on fielder's choice to second, Kemp out at second
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Forsythe reached on an infield single to third, Bellinger to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Jankowski lined out to left
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer flied out to left
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Pirela doubled to left center
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Ball, Villanueva popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez fouled out to first
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)