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Justin Turner Provides the Power After Blackout as Dodgers Walk-Off Against Padres

Justin Turner blooped in the game-winning, RBI double on the first pitch he saw after the power outage in the 12th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 5-4, for a walk-off victory on Saturday night.

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For the second time in less than a month, the power at Dodger Stadium went out causing a nearly 20-minute delay in the game. 

Thankfully, good things come to those that wait.

Justin Turner blooped in the game-winning, RBI double on the first pitch he saw after the power outage in the 12th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 5-4, for a walk-off victory on Saturday night.

Manny Machado and Max Muncy each hit their 30th home run of the season for the Dodgers as they overcame another blown save from closer Kenley Jansen.

"It sucks having a blown save," said Jansen after the game. "The ball is running. The first one was a great pitch and the other happened to run too much to the plate and he hit it out. Bad luck. I'm close, just stay patient."

Robert Stock (0-1) walked Kemp in the bottom of the 12th. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Enrique Hernandez before the power went out. When it was restored, Turner delivered the game-winner, the fourth walk-off hit of his career.

The Dodgers later released a statement saying the outage was due to "a disruption in the city's power feed" to the ballpark.

Rookie Caleb Ferguson (4-2) earned the win two innings of scoreless relief.

"You had a left-right-left coming up and only a lefty on the bench. I felt that was a good runway for Fergie right there," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of why he opted for Ferguson over more Kenta Maeda in the 11th inning. "He threw the ball well and cleared the pitcher's spot. I thought that was the right thing to do."

Jansen surrendered the lead in for the third straight time since coming off the disabled list with an irregular heart when he allowed a solo home run to Austin Hedges in the ninth. In his last three appearances (two blown saves), Jansen has allowed four home runs.

"Life. You can't control life. It was going so well and then reality hits you," said Jansen. "You just have to slow down and get back to it. They're [The Padres] not going to hit me."

Clayton Kershaw started and went eight strong innings for the Dodgers. He allowed seven hits and struck out nine with no walks.

"It was super weird," Kershaw said of the game overall. "We needed it though. We needed it bad, obviously. It doesn't really matter how you win, as long as you win and I'm thankful we pulled this out."

The Dodgers have won each of Kershaw's last 14 starts against San Diego, which according to STATS LLC, is the longest active streak by a starting pitcher versus a single opponent. Over that span, Kershaw is 10-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

San Diego picked up a solo home from outfielder Franmil Reyes, an RBI single from shortstop Freddy Galvis and an unearned run on Eric Hosmer's groundout, before Hedges delivered his 11th home of the season in the ninth.

The Padres lost their fourth straight.

Rookie Brett Kennedy went five innings for the Padres in his fourth career start. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five.

Machado hit a three-run homer in the first to give Kershaw the early lead. The shortstop entered the game hitless in his last nine at-bats and hitting .263 in his 33 games as a Dodger.

After Galvis' single in the third put the Padres on the board, Muncy delivered his solo home run in the seventh against reliever Matt Strahm.

Reyes' solo homer in the seventh and the unearned run in the eighth pulled the Padres within one.

Los Angeles completed their fourth walk-off win of the year, and first since last week against San Francisco. 

After getting swept by St. Louis, the Dodgers have now won two consecutive games and are within 2.5 games of Colorado and Arizona for first place in the National League West. 

"We all are watching the scoreboard," said Roberts after the game. "That's the fun of being in a pennant race, but our guys still have the ability to focus during the game."

INJURY NEWS

Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (strained forearm) threw 61 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso Friday and is moving closer to rejoining the team. Padres manager Andy Green said Lauer's fastball got up to 95 mph. "And it had some jump on it," Green said. "All the secondary (pitches) had sharpness. We're moving closer to activating him."

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (back) threw to hitters Saturday and is expected to be activated on Tuesday. OF Joc Pederson was out of the lineup with a bruised and strained left knee after fouling off a pitch on Friday. He did pinch-hit in the ninth and manager Dave Roberts said he is scheduled to start Tuesday. ... LHP Julio Urias, scheduled to be a Sept. 1 call-up, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga. To make room for him, RHP Josh Fields (shoulder inflammation) was moved to the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive start after spending most of the season as a reliever. He was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA as a reliever. In his last four starts, he's gone 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.27) will make his third start since coming off the DL with a torn groin. In the 10 innings of his first two starts back, he has allowed three runs on seven hits in 10 innings, with 10 strikeouts and a walk.

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