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Corey Seager's Clutch Hit Leads L.A. Over San Diego, 6-3

Corey Seager knocked in the go-ahead run with a three-run single in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers stole a win from the San Diego Padres, 6-3, on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine.

Let's call him Corey "Clutch."

Corey Seager knocked in the go-ahead run with a three-run single in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers stole a win from the San Diego Padres, 6-3, on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers trailed 3-1, when Seager came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded.

After working the count full, Seager delivered a single to right field that scored the tying runs of the game.

However, anticipating a throw to the plate, Seager headed for second base and got caught in a run down between first and second.

"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. "I was going to sneak a bag, but unfortunately not, I got stuck."

Simultaneously, Yasiel Puig headed for home, sliding under the tag at the plate, as Seager advanced to second base and the Dodgers took a 4-3 lead.

"I tried to stay in it as long as possible," Seager said of the run down. "Puig did a really good job of scoring."

Seager has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and is batting .429 with four runs, two doubles, one home run and five RBI over that span.

"His value defensively, offensively, in the clubhouse, and his consistency doesn't get overlooked by us," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "There's a lot of other guys in our clubhouse that are having really big years and getting claim. I think in Corey's opinion, he wouldn't have it any other way."

One of those other guys, is rookie Cody Bellinger, who one inning later, added a much-needed insurance run with his 34th long ball of the season.

Bellinger reached base safely in all four plate appearances, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

The Rookie of the Year frontrunner is one home run shy of Mike Piazza's franchise record of 35 home runs by a rookie in a single season, and has hit 17 homers in the 7th inning or later.

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.

An inning later, San Deigo starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, helped his own cause when he knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single to right field.

Wil Myers helped extend the Padres lead in the top of the fifth with a solo shot to center field off Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Ryu did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in just five short innings.

"I thought Hyun-Jin was good," said Roberts of Ryu. "His stuff looked good, but that hit from Chacin was a tough one, but his stuff was really good."

In his last two starts before Saturday, the Korean southpaw had tossed 14 shutout innings with 15 strikeouts.

Over the course of his career against the Padres, Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA with 41 strikeouts.

Chris Taylor hit his 17th home run of the season when he crushed a cutter from Phil Maton in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.

"It was awesome," Taylor said of his home run. "I was extremely frustrated that I struck out with the bases loaded earlier in the game. It was another big win."

The Dodgers bullpen of Tony Watson, Brandon Morrow, Pedro Baez, and Kenley Jansen combined for four scoreless innings of relief as Jansen shut the door on San Diego for his 31st save of the season.

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.

The victory was the Dodgers 35th comeback win of the season as they improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games at home. 

Los Angeles currently leads the National League West by a season-high 17 games, their largest division lead since Sept. 8 1955. 

Utley Gets 'Chased'

Dodgers' second baseman, Chase Utley, was ejected from the game by second-base umpire Ramon De Jesus in top of the ninth inning with one out. 

According to Utley, the veteran asked De Jesus to move out of his sight line at multiple times throughout the game, but in the ninth inning, did not want to move for Utley. Utley had some choice words for the umpire and was quickly ejected from the game.

Up Next: 

RHP Luis Perdomo takes the mound for San Diego against Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers in the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10PM PST.

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