Corey Seager hit a go-ahead, two-run homer to put an exclamation point on a wild bottom of the eighth inning, that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers go deep four times to rally past the San Diego Padres 11-9 on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles trailed 9-6 before Max Muncy and AJ Pollock began the onslaught by going back-to-back off Emilio Pagán (4-3). With one out, Cody Bellinger launched a shot to right field that tied the game.
After Bellinger tied the game, pinch-hitter Justin Turner doubled to deep left and scored on Seager’s shot to right with two outs.
“That’s a whirlwind in a really short time,” Seager said.
Many fans had already left Dodger Stadium, but those who remained were on their feet in the eighth, chanting and cheering as the outburst sent the crowd into a frenzy.
“We just never gave up,” Seager said. “We kind of felt in that game the whole time.”
It was the first time the Dodgers homered four times in— all off Zack Greinke — in an inning since Sept. 5, 2016, against Arizona. Seager played in that game, too.
Mookie Betts hit a solo shot in the seventh to begin the comeback, and Pollock had a two-run homer in the first.
The playoff-bound Dodgers remained two games behind NL West-leading San Francisco with four to play in the regular season. The Giants beat Arizona 1-0.
“We’re still trying to accomplish a goal and still fighting for that,” Seager said.
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Los Angeles blew leads of 4-0 and 5-1 on a night when Max Scherzer struggled and got his second straight no-decision.
"Max didn't have his best stuff," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "He just didn't have his usual command tonight."
David Price (5-2) pitched the eighth to earn the win. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 37th save.
Muncy's homer was his career-high 36th.
The late power burst was reminiscent of a Sept. 18, 2006, game between the teams. The Dodgers hit four consecutive homers in the bottom of the ninth to tie it, and Nomar Garciaparra’s two-run homer in the 10th gave them an 11-10 victory that put Los Angeles back in first place.
Garciaparra was at the ballpark Wednesday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was a player on that 2006 Padres team.
"It certainly reminded me of that night," said Roberts of that game. "It certainly had feelings of that. To be in this dugout is a much better feeling than to be in the visiting dugout. The same two opponents, and a lot of the same vibe."
Scherzer got knocked around in his roughest start since he joined the Dodgers from Washington at the trade deadline on July 30.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner gave up six runs — five earned — and a season-high 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander, whose 2.28 ERA was the lowest in the NL coming in, struck out four and walked none. He allowed two homers, just the sixth time he's given up more than one in a game this season and the third time the Padres have done it to him.
San Diego's Victor Caratini went 3 for 4 and homered off Scherzer. Former Dodger Manny Machado launched a two-run shot in the third to leave the Padres trailing 5-3.
The Dodgers made two errors in the fourth, when the Padres tied it 5-all. Third baseman Chris Taylor's fielding error would have been the second out of the inning. Seager booted a ball at shortstop that allowed Wil Myers to score the tying run.
Tommy Pham had an RBI double and Trent Grisham added a two-run single for a 9-5 lead in the seventh, when reliever Brusdar Graterol faced four batters, giving up two walks, two hits and three runs.
The Dodgers lost hot-hitting outfielder Gavin Lux in the sixth. He crashed into the center-field wall head on and tumbled over while chasing Myers' triple. Roberts and a trainer came running out to the warning track to check on Lux, who appeared to be holding his right shoulder. Lux came in batting .383 since being recalled from Triple-A two weeks ago.
Scherzer had issues for the second straight start. He didn’t look sharp at Colorado last Thursday, allowing five runs and six hits in a no-decision. This time, he didn't get his second strikeout until the fifth, when he had his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
"He just didn't have good command," said Roberts of Scherzer. "At times his curveball was good, other times the cutter and change up weren't commanded. It's part of the game. He's picked us up many times over, and tonight we picked him up. He was one of the happiest guys after the game."
The Dodgers led 4-0 in the first on Trea Turner's RBI double, Muncy's RBI single and Pollock's two-run homer. Seager added an RBI double in the second for a 5-1 lead.
Padres: RF Jurickson Profar exited after hurting his left arm attempting a slide. ... SS Fernando Tatis Jr. was rested. ... RHP Craig Stammen wasn't active but felt better since going on the IL with flu-like symptoms.
Dodgers: Activated 1B Albert Pujols from the COVID-19 injured list. He felt better after having his second vaccine shot. ... Optioned LHP Andrew Vasquez to the minors.
Padres: RHP Vince Velasquez (3-8, 6.22 ERA) was signed to a minor league deal two weeks ago after being released by the Phillies.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (4-1, 3.00) has allowed one run in 13 2/3 innings in his career against the Padres, going 2-0 in three games.