Miguel Vargas is trying to convince Dave Roberts to put him on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ playoff squad. The NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres, 5-2, on Thursday night thanks to a two-run single by a rookie outfielder that helped break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning.

With their 108th victory, the Dodgers set a new mark for most victories in a single season in franchise history. They have already secured the National League’s top playoff seed and are one win away from securing home-field advantage throughout the World Series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the season series against the San Diego Padres, 14-5, and won their ninth consecutive series over San Diego dating back to the year 2021. With Milwaukee’s loss to Miami (4-2), San Diego now needs just three wins to clinch a playoff spot. The Padres lead the Phillies by 2 1/2 games for the second wild card slot in the NL.


A starter was used by both teams. In order to give Yu Darvish an extra day of rest before their first full-season playoff appearance since 2006, the Padres moved his start to Friday.

Andrew Heaney (4-3), a lefty from Los Angeles, relieved starter Brusdar Graterol and went on to win the game after tossing four frames. To earn his second save, David Price pitched a perfect ninth inning.

When the sixth inning rolled around, the Dodgers were down 2-1 against Pierce Johnson (1-2), but they rallied with three runs on four hits, a walk, and a double steal.

After an out by Mookie Betts, Trea Turner reached on an infield single, and Freddie Freeman drove in the tying run with a single, the score was tied. After Will Smith grounded out, Turner and Freeman successfully attempted a double steal. After Max Muncy’s walk loaded the bases, Vargas’s single to center scored both Turner and Freeman.

In the eighth inning, Smith hit his 24th home run, this time off Adrian Morejon. Graterol let Jurickson Profar and Juan Soto both get a single to start the first inning, and they scored on Brandon Drury‘s single to center with two outs.

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The Dodgers got one of those runs back in the second on a sacrifice fly by Vargas against Sean Manaea, who had replaced Steven Wilson as the starter.

Clayton Kershaw (10-3, 2.42) will take the mound for the Dodgers on Friday night as they begin a six-game home series against the Colorado Rockies, who will start RHP Chad Kuhl (6-10, 5.45). In the first game of a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox, the San Diego Padres will send out Yu Darvish (16-7, 3.15) to the mound (2-5, 3.86).

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