Rookie Lauer leads Padres to 4-1 win against Dodgers

NEW YORK (AP) San Diego Padres rookie left-hander Eric Lauer popped out of the dugout for the ninth inning and was greeted by Cake's ''The Distance'' on the PA, as well as the heart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' order.

''When you're out there you notice everything, especially the song,'' Lauer said. ''It made me think about it. I was kind of like, `Don't put that in my head too much. I still have to get three outs.'''

Lauer didn't quite go the distance, coming within one out of his first career complete game before allowing Max Muncy's home run. Manager Andy Green decided the 115-pitch performance was enough. Kirby Yates came on and struck out All-Star Matt Kemp to seal the Padres' 4-1 victory Tuesday night.

Green said he wanted Lauer to experience the emotion of going out for the ninth. After Muncy's home run, Green said Lauer at least deserved a conversation before the manager decided that the rookie, backed by home runs by Wil Myers and Austin Hedges, had done enough.

''He knows those feelings. Hopefully those feelings push him the next time he's out there. One more out to get the next time. Can't leave that out in front of you. I thought he was great all the way through,'' Green said.

''It was cool to experience that,'' Lauer said. ''I haven't experienced it yet. It was my first time so hopefully I'll get to experience it more. ... That's big for a starting pitcher. You don't get there too often. To know what's going to happen, how it will feel, it will start to feel like just another inning, hopefully.''

Lauer (5-5) took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning after having thrown 101 pitches. He got Enrique Hernandez to fly out to center and Justin Turner to fly out to deep left before Muncy drove a 1-1 pitch into the seats in left, his 21st.

Lauer, 23, said almost getting the complete game ranked just behind the no-hitter he threw at Kent State in 2016, just a few weeks before the Padres took with him with the 26th pick overall in the amateur draft.

''A little more satisfying,'' he said. ''I feel like I had really good command of all my pitches and it's the first time I really had four, five pitches working. I don't think I threw a changeup today, but it was still in the back of my mind that I had it available.''

Lauer struck out a career-high eight and walked two in winning consecutive starts for the first time. He also had his ninth pickoff of the season, nabbing Muncy in the second after a leadoff walk.

''The fastball velo was up a couple ticks than it normally is,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about Lauer. ''He was beating us with the fastball. I thought there were some well-hit balls tonight. ... Munce put a good swing late. But we really didn't threaten all night.''

Lauer improved to 2-0 against Los Angeles.

''It's the Dodgers, man,'' he said. ''Nobody likes the Dodgers. You want to get them a little more than any other team. I've been fortunate to do good against them so far. Hopefully I can keep it rolling against them,'' he said.

Myers homered for the sixth time in four games and Hedges had a three-run shot.

Myers, who has played in only 28 games this season due to injuries, has heated up after a second stint on the disabled list. He hit three home runs Saturday in a 20-5 loss at Arizona, hit another in the 16th inning on Sunday to give the Padres a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks, and then homered in the ninth inning of an 8-2 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Monday night.

His homer Tuesday night, to left-center on a 2-1 pitch off Rich Hill, (2-4), was his eighth overall.

Hedges hit his fourth of the season earlier in the inning, off the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left field corner at Petco Park on a 1-2 pitch. Jose Pirela drew a leadoff walk and Freddy Galvis singled ahead of Hedges' homer.

Eric Hosmer just missed homering in the third, when center fielder Cody Bellinger leaped to make the catch at the fence.

Hill allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one.

''I'm tired of losing. I hate losing,'' Hill said. ''When you have good stuff and, unfortunately things just don't go your way, I mean, obviously that's the game, but it just (stinks) to lose. Something that really eats at me.''

The teams finished the game in a quick 2 hours, 18 minutes.

Padres center fielder Manuel Margot made a nice diving catch of Justin Turner's fly ball in the seventh and then made a sliding catch of Chris Taylor's sinking liner to end the eighth.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (5-5, 3.24), the scheduled starter for the third game in the four-game series, is 4-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 10 career starts against San Diego.

Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (4-4, 3.27) is 1-1 with a 1.26 ERA in his last three starts.

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  • W: E. Lauer (5-5)L: R. Hill (2-4)
  • HR: LAD - M. Muncy (21), SD - W. Myers (8), A. Hedges (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Hernandez LF40000000.230.311.468.7790.0
J. Turner 3B30000100.266.361.405.7661.0
M. Muncy 1B31211111.272.412.6171.0297.5
M. Kemp RF40000042.312.354.538.892-2.0
C. Bellinger CF30100000.241.324.485.8092.0
L. Forsythe 2B30000032.199.256.295.551-1.5
A. Barnes C30100000.213.331.265.5961.0
R. Hill P20000001.059.059.059.1180.0
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J. Chargois P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Hill in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100011.240.301.360.6610.5
W. Myers LF41111022.298.354.606.9605.0
H. Renfroe RF40100000.240.312.425.7371.0
T. Jankowski RF00000000.269.353.337.6900.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100011.256.327.405.7320.5
C. Villanueva 3B40100000.227.284.465.7491.0
J. Pirela 2B21000112.261.312.356.6671.5
C. Asuaje 2B00000000.208.286.300.5860.0
F. Galvis SS31100002.234.294.332.6262.0
A. Hedges C31231010.209.269.364.6338.5
E. Lauer P30000021.095.130.143.273-1.0
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Bellinger (20)
    • HR - M. Muncy (21)
    • RBI - M. Muncy (39)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Muncy (11)
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Myers (8), A. Hedges (4)
    • RBI - W. Myers (18), A. Hedges 3 (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Myers (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - M. Muncy
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Forsythe)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Hill (L, 2-4)7.08441724.641.366.5
    J. Chargois1.00000104.661.553.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Hill (L, 2-4)7.0
    J. Chargois1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Lauer (W, 5-5)8.24112814.401.6431.0
    K. Yates0.10000101.510.930.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Lauer (W, 5-5)8.2
    K. Yates0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 96-73, J. Chargois 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 7-6, J. Chargois 1-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Hill 29, J. Chargois 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 115-73, K. Yates 6-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 6-11
    • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 31, K. Yates
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    E. Hernandez LF40000000.230.311.468.7790.0
    J. Turner 3B30000100.266.361.405.7661.0
    M. Muncy 1B31211111.272.412.6171.0297.5
    M. Kemp RF40000042.312.354.538.892-2.0
    C. Bellinger CF30100000.241.324.485.8092.0
    L. Forsythe 2B30000032.199.256.295.551-1.5
    A. Barnes C30100000.213.331.265.5961.0
    R. Hill P20000001.059.059.059.1180.0
    a- A. Toles PH10000000.500.600.7501.3500.0
    J. Chargois P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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    • a-flied out for Hill in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Margot CF40100011.240.301.360.6610.5
    W. Myers LF41111022.298.354.606.9605.0
    H. Renfroe RF40100000.240.312.425.7371.0
    T. Jankowski RF00000000.269.353.337.6900.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40100011.256.327.405.7320.5
    C. Villanueva 3B40100000.227.284.465.7491.0
    J. Pirela 2B21000112.261.312.356.6671.5
    C. Asuaje 2B00000000.208.286.300.5860.0
    F. Galvis SS31100002.234.294.332.6262.0
    A. Hedges C31231010.209.269.364.6338.5
    E. Lauer P30000021.095.130.143.273-1.0
    K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Bellinger (20)
      • HR - M. Muncy (21)
      • RBI - M. Muncy (39)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Muncy (11)
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Myers (8), A. Hedges (4)
      • RBI - W. Myers (18), A. Hedges 3 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Myers (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - M. Muncy
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Forsythe)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Hill (L, 2-4)7.08441724.641.366.5
      J. Chargois1.00000104.661.553.5
      Total8.0844182---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Hill (L, 2-4)7.0
      J. Chargois1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Lauer (W, 5-5)8.24112814.401.6431.0
      K. Yates0.10000101.510.930.5
      Total9.0411291---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Lauer (W, 5-5)8.2
      K. Yates0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 96-73, J. Chargois 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 7-6, J. Chargois 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Hill 29, J. Chargois 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 115-73, K. Yates 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 6-11
      • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 31, K. Yates
      • 9TH INNING
        Muncy homered to left center14
      • 5TH INNING
        Myers homered to left center04
        Hedges homered to left, Pirela and Galvis scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Travis Jankowski in right field
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez lined out to center
        • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner flied out to deep left
        • M. Muncy: Strike swinging, Ball, Muncy homered to left center
        • Kirby Yates relieved Eric Lauer
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Barnes flied out to center
        • Andrew Toles hit for Rich Hill
        • A. Toles: Toles flied out to deep left
        • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • JT Chargois pitching
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Renfroe lined out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Villanueva grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • J. Turner: Ball, Turner lined out to center
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Muncy singled to right
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Kemp struck out on foul tip
        • C. Bellinger: Foul, Foul, Bellinger doubled to left, Muncy to third
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Hedges singled to center
        • E. Lauer: Lauer fouled out to catcher
        • M. Margot: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Margot flied out to deep center
        • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • R. Hill: Strike looking, Hill grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor flied out to right
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • C. Villanueva: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Villanueva grounded out to third
        • J. Pirela: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pirela grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • A. Barnes: Ball, Barnes grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Galvis singled to right, Pirela to second
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hedges homered to left, Pirela and Galvis scored
        • E. Lauer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lauer struck out swinging
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Myers homered to left center
        • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Renfroe singled to left center
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to left
        • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
        • M. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Foul, Renfroe grounded out to third
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer flied out to deep center
        • C. Villanueva: Strike swinging, Villanueva grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes singled to left
        • R. Hill: Hill popped bunt out to catcher
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • E. Lauer: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Lauer struck out swinging
        • M. Margot: Foul, Strike looking, Margot singled to left center
        • W. Myers: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Myers popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Muncy picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bellinger flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Hosmer reached on an infield single to second
        • C. Villanueva: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Villanueva singled to left, Hosmer to second
        • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis lined into double play second, Hosmer out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Lauer Pitching:
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • E. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to right
        • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Margot struck out on foul tip
        • W. Myers: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
        • H. Renfroe: Renfroe flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)