LOS ANGELES — — Yu Darvish was cruising the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup when Cody Bellinger came on at home plate in the fifth inning. The slugger fell swinging on four pitches for Yu’s 3,000th strikeout in his professional career.
“I totally forgot about it and someone told me in-game,” Darvish said through a translator after posing for a quick photo holding the special ball in his locker after Win 7. -1 Friday night.
Darvish combined with two relievers on four hits and Manny Machado and Brandon Drury hit two-run homers in the third inning to power the Padres.
“It’s been a great season for him, he just seems to get better as the season progresses,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said of Darvish. “It’s his goal in every game to try to get at least seven innings. He has multiple pitches, he can lean on different pitches at times.”
Darvish (12-7) struck out nine to reach 3,003. He had 1,250 Nippon Professional Baseball goals in Japan and 1,753 Major League Baseball goals since arriving in the United States in 2012. The right-hander has walked two times in seven innings.
“It’s definitely a time to take a break,” Melvin said. “Another feather in his cap in an illustrious career and there will be many more.”
The significance of 3,000 strikeouts did not escape Darvish.
“Longevity,” he says. “Just being able to stay in the game that long. I am grateful.”
Darvish follows compatriot Hideo Nomo, who had 3,122 career strikeouts in Nippon Professional Baseball before becoming a star with the Dodgers in the mid-1990s. Darvish said Nomo was on “a different level” from him.
“It’s about being able to have good off-speed throws,” he said. “You need spin to be able to get swings and misses.”
Jurickson Profar added a three-run blast with two outs in sixth reliever Heath Hembree in the second-straight Padres’ fourth straight victory.
“We know we have to win almost every game,” Profar said. “We know where we want to go. Showing it like tonight against a very good team gives us confidence.
After losing two of three to the New York Mets, the NL West leaders returned home and lost their third in a row for the first time since mid-June. The high-scoring Dodgers went just six base runners in eight innings; three times it was Chris Taylor, who led the way with two walks and one hit per pitch. He walked again in the ninth.
Five players and the team manager were hit by throws.
Steven Wilson struck out one on a 1-2-3 eighth. Nabil Crismatt gave away a brace to Justin Turner, who scored on Joey Gallo’s single in the ninth.
Dustin May (1-2) was handcuffed in his third start of the season after returning from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander allowed six runs and four hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked five.
May served his first homer of the season to Machado, who threw a 410-foot shot to the left-field clubhouse for his 25th homer, scoring Juan Soto who walked, for a 2-0 lead.
Two batters later, Drury went to about the same spot for his 25th home run, scoring Jake Cronenworth, who was hit by May, and making it 4-0.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (right forearm strain) had an MRI and the result was “as good as we could have hoped for,” manager Dave Roberts said. The winner of 16 matches played catch. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (inflamed right elbow) had an MRI although Roberts does not yet know the results. … 2B Gavin Lux played with a neck problem but Roberts said it was “grumpy” and he is out of training until Saturday.
OFF RARE NIGHT
All-Star Trea Turner was not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for the first time this season. Roberts gave him the night after 130 straight starts, noting that Turner was never going to start all 162 games.
“I said, ‘Are you benching me? “, joked Turner. “I knew it would happen eventually. He’s probably right in that it’s a good time.
Roberts previously indicated that Turner and fellow All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman (who started every game) would continue to start until the first-place Dodgers clinch the NL West. They have a huge lead over the Padres.
Alberto started at shortstop in place of Turner.
Three Padres, two Dodgers and plate umpire Alfonso Marquez were hit by pitches.
May pierced Drury on the left flap of his helmet before the sixth, knocking him face down into the dirt and shattering the flap. Drury left the game late in the inning with a bruised head.
“Scary moment,” Melvin said.
Can hit Cronenworth in the third.
Darvish hit Taylor on top of his left hand in the fifth. Will Smith was hit in the left shoulder by Darvish in the seventh, prompting cautions to both teams.
Marquez was hit in the upper left arm by Darvish in the fourth. He bent over in pain before being examined by a trainer. Darvish came over to him and slugger Joey Gallo patted Marquez on the back before play resumed.
Padres pinch hitter Eguy Rosario was hit — lightly — by position player Hanser Alberto, who pitched the ninth for the Dodgers.
Padres: RHP Sean Manaea (7-7, 4.90 ERA) has alternated wins and losses in his last eight starts. He hasn’t won twice in a row since before the All-Star break.
Dodgers: LHP Julio Urías (14-7, 2.32) has struck out seven in each of his last two starts.