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03-25-2019, 03:39 AM,
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The power went out for the Los Angeles Dodgers , but not their luck.Justin Turner blooped an RBI double to drive in Matt Kemp from second base on the first pitch after a 20-minute power outage in the 12th inning, giving the Dodgers an odd 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.“That,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, “was a weird one.”Manny Machado and Max Muncy each hit their 30th home run of the season, and the Dodgers overcame a third consecutive blown save by All-Star closer Kenley Jansen after Clayton Kershaw threw eight strong innings.The power went out in the 12th with Kemp standing at second base and one out.When play resumed, Turner blooped the first pitch from rookie reliever Robert Stock (0-1) into no-man’s land in right field. The ball fell between three defenders.Kemp hadn’t drifted far from second, uncertain whether the ball would be caught. But when it dropped, he rounded third and scored without a play.After the game, the Dodgers released a statement saying the outage was due to “a disruption in the city’s power feed” to the ballpark.For the Padres, it was their fourth straight loss.“It’s tough to lose on that fluky hit to right,” manager Andy Green said. “It’s been a tough year for us — it’s no secret. We know where we are in this process.”Dodgers rookie Caleb Ferguson (4-2) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.Machado’s three-run homer in the first and Muncy’s solo shot in the seventh had the Dodgers leading 4-3 entering the ninth. San Diego had scored on a solo homer from Franmil Reyes, an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and an unearned run on Eric Hosmer’s groundout.All that came before Austin Hedges connected for his 11th home run of the season against Jansen, who has coughed up the lead three straight times since returning from a stint on the disabled list due to an irregular heartbeat.In blowing three consecutive saves R.A. Dickey Jersey , Jansen has allowed four home runs.LIGHTS OUTIt was the second time this season the power went out at Dodger Stadium. This time it came later in the night, and for a few seconds the stadium was completely black.“Honestly, I’ve never really seen it that dark before,” said San Diego’s Wil Myers. “It was pitch-black. I couldn’t see anything. I didn’t know what was going on but didn’t want to think the worst right away.”JANSEN’S WOESRoberts said he would give the struggling Jansen the day off Sunday in hopes that, coupled with Monday’s off day, it would provide him a mental break.“I’m fine. I don’t need a mental break,” Jansen said. “I just have to figure out some stuff and sharpen up.”Kershaw said he thinks Jansen is close to returning to form.“We all believe in him,” Kershaw said. “He’s not far off.“The velocity is there, the cut is there. It’s just a matter of time.”TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LHP Eric Lauer (strained forearm) threw 61 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Friday and is moving closer to rejoining the team. Green said Lauer’s fastball got up to 95 mph. “And it had some jump on it,” Green said. “All the secondary (pitches) had sharpness. We’re moving closer to activating him.”Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (back) threw to hitters and is expected to be activated Tuesday. … OF Joc Pederson was out of the starting lineup with a bruised and strained left knee after fouling off a pitch Friday. He did pinch-hit in the ninth and Roberts said Pederson is scheduled to start Tuesday. … LHP Julio Urias, scheduled to be a Sept. 1 call-up, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga. To make room for him, RHP Josh Fields (shoulder inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day DL.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Robbie Erlin (2-3 , 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive start after spending most of the season as a reliever. He was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA as a reliever. In his last four starts, he’s gone 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.27) will make his third start since coming off the DL after being sidelined by a groin tear. In 10 innings during his first two starts back, he has allowed three runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk. DETROIT (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals needed something to get them going on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.Out of nowhere — again — a squirrel appeared.In an episode sure to revive St. Louis fans’ memories of the 2011 Rally Squirrel, this game at Comerica Park was scoreless going into the seventh inning. That’s when a squirrel took up residence between second and third base.There was a delay and, with some prompting from the Tigers infield, the critter moved into foul territory and eventually made its escape in right field.The Cardinals wound up scoring five times in the inning and avoided a series sweep with a 5-2 victory.“I don’t think you can discount that factor,” manager Mike Shildt said. “The squirrel shows up and we score five runs. We only had six in the whole series before that.”During the 2011 NL Division Series, a squirrel cut across the diamond at Busch Stadium, running right past home plate during a game against Philadelphia. The Cards went on to win the playoff series and later the championship — their World Series rings even depicted a squirrel.“I don’t necessarily believe in superstitions like that,” said Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong, who had a hit in the seventh. But he added: “Maybe you could call it the Rally Squirrel.”The Cardinals lost the first two games of the series in walk-off fashion and didn’t have a baserunner until the sixth against Michael Fulmer.St. Louis, which has a one-game lead for the second NL wild card spot Kurt Suzuki Jersey , won for the third time in eight games.“You never want to get swept by anybody,” said Kolten Wong, who drove in the Cardinals’ first run. “We knew they could be dangerous, because they have nothing to lose, and they gave us a battle. Luckily, we were able to get one.”Detroit’s four-game winning streak was snapped.John Gant (7-5) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six.“I knew I really needed to bear down, because we needed this game,” Gant said. “I had to go out there and give my best effort.”Carlos Martinez pitched the ninth for his second save. After the game, Shildt said Martinez will replace Bud Norris as the team’s closer.Fulmer (3-11) was perfect through five innings but only got four more outs. He allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five.“He was cruising, and then everything fell apart behind him,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We didn’t make a couple plays, we dropped a ball and they found a bunch of holes. I don’t think they hit a ball hard off him.”Fulmer fell to 0-6 in his last nine starts , with the Tigers losing all nine.“My job is to help this team win games, and I’m obviously not doing that,” he said. “But I can feel the progress every time. This is the best I’ve felt in two years.”In the seventh, Marcell Ozuna and DeJong both hit infield singles with one out, and Wong followed with an RBI single to left. Yairo Munoz followed with a flyball down the right-field line that Niko Goodrum dropped, allowing the second run to score.Greg Garcia was intentionally walked, loading the bases, and Carson Kelly hit the third infield single of the inning to make it 3-0. Victor Alcantara replaced Fulmer and allowed a sacrifice fly to Matt Carpenter before Jose Martinez’s RBI single gave the Cardinals a five-run lead.“Fulmer was really tough, but we found some little holes,” Kelly said. “You never know when that squirrel will show up, but we needed it there.”The Tigers got their two runs in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to doubles from Nicholas Castellanos, James McCann and Ronny Rodriguez.Carpenter and Shildt were both ejected after Carpenter was called out on strikes to end the ninth.ROSTER MOVESThe Tigers brought up three players from Triple-A Toledo Ozzie Albies Jersey , one day after the Mud Hens were eliminated from the International League playoffs. Prospect Christin Stewart is expected to play regularly in left field, while C Jarrod Saltalamacchia will serve as the third catcher and RHP Zac Reininger will add a bullpen arm. Stewart made his major-league debut, pinch-hitting for Ronny Rodriguez with two out in the ninth. He popped out to third to end the game.UP NEXTCardinals: Return home for a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.00 ERA) starts Monday for the Cardinals against Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.15).Tigers: Justin Verlander (14-9, 2.73) returns to Comerica Park to face the Tigers on Monday in the first of a three-game series with the Houston Astros. Francisco Liriano (4-9, 4.90) starts for Detroit.

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