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Rich Hill takes pitch to throat, taken to hospital as precaution

Rich Hill takes pitch to throat, taken to hospital as precaution

San Diego manager Andy Green would like to see more of those types of at-bats from his players.

"It was awesome", Taylor said of his home run. "I like to manufacture".

San Diego benefited from some strong defensive plays early in the game.

The Dodgers struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Padres tied the game in the top of the third thanks to an RBI double by Hunter Renfroe. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out nine. On the other side, the over is 20-7-1 in the Dodgers' last 28 home games and is 3-0-1 in their last four home games versus a right-handed starter.

Richard had a bad run where he gave up 19 earned over three starts, but calmed down in Pittsburgh with zero earned on five hits in 6.0 innings.

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Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly in the first.

"I just think he's incredibly special", Green said. I won't say he did it easily, but he did it with a lot of poise and confidence.

Rich Hill started and went six innings for the Dodgers, leaving with a 3-2 lead and one very sore neck.

The Padres scored a run for the third consecutive inning off Ryu when Myers homered to right field on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth, his third consecutive homer to the opposite field. After the game went to a hospital for precautionary X-rays.

"It's just what we do", said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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"I thought he was a little more up the line and thought he was going to turn and throw home", Seager said of the play.

Maeda will make his fourth start of the season against the Padres.

He has eight home runs in his last 14 games. He is on medical leave.

Dodgers relievers Tony Watson, Brandon Morrow, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen each threw a shutout inning to help even the series heading into Sunday's finale. Roberts said he would throw another in a few days before making a rehab appearance. 1B Adrian Gonzalez (herniated disk) is expected to be activated on the next trip. Gonzalez has already made five rehab starts and could return soon, although Ethier is not expected back until rosters expand September 1.

Overall, the Dodgers pitching staff leads the Major Leagues with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, while leading the National League in strikeouts with 1,100. Lifetime against the Dodgers he is 10-8 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 games.

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Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu recorded his fourth strikeout when he got Carlos Asuaje swinging for the second out of the third inning, but Jose Pirela and Renfroe followed with doubles into almost the same spot in the left field corner to tie the score at 1. He did not allow a run in seven-inning starts against San Francisco and NY, allowing the Mets only one hit.