Jurickson Profar, Padres win series at Dodger Stadium


The Padres began their weekend here with an exhilarating comeback and then stayed through a unique couple days, biding their time and squandering opportunities before coming away with something rare.

With a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday, they won a second consecutive series at Dodger Stadium for the first time in 11 years.

It seemed relevant that it was Jurickson Profar’s bases-loaded double in the seventh inning that was the decisive blow, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The night before, following a Dodgers victory that saw both teams’ benches clear in the fifth inning after Profar took exception at an inside pitch, Dodgers catcher Will Smith said: “I don’t know why we would have thrown at him. He’s kind of irrelevant.”

Profar’s ability to finally make a Dodgers pitcher pay for all they were giving away was the reason the Padres won for the second time in three days and are back at .500 (9-9). Profar, whose grand slam eight days earlier provided the only runs in a victory in San Francisco, leads the Padres in extra-base hits (eight), on-base percentage (.424) and is second in RBIs (13) and batting average (.321)

“I’m pretty sure you’re going to have to check the dictionary on that, because he’s been leading this team big-time,” Manny Machado said of Profar. “Numbers speak for themselves. Every time he comes out here and steps on the field, he makes a big impact on the game. At the end of the day, the boy got 10 years in the league. There’s only a handful of baseball players in all of baseball that have accomplished that goal, so got to put a little respect on his name.”

Profar bowed his head and laughed when asked if he felt relevant.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. “I’m just gonna play like I did. … I heard about it. But I’m not a media guy. I show up out there, you know?”

Not since they won their final two series here in 2012 and their first series here 2013 had the Padres strung together series victories at Chavez Ravine.

“We have a great team and they have a really, really good team over there,” Profar said. “For us to come in here and take two out of three, it’s a message, you know.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. runs to first after hitting a single during the seventh inning of Sunday’s game.

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The result wasn’t the only rarity. So was all the waiting. And then all the walking.

For the first time in 36 years, there was a rain delay on successive days at Dodger Stadium. Sunday’s 36-minute wait for the weather to clear followed a delay of two hours, 15 minutes on Saturday.

There is little more excruciating in the middle of a long baseball season than waiting around to play baseball during a rain delay.

But the Padres were able to find something more.

They grounded into three double plays, two of them with the bases loaded, as they wasted the first six of James Paxton’s eight walks.

They did finally turn his lack of command into a couple runs to tie the game 3-3 in the sixth inning.

Paxton, who walked at least one batter in every inning he pitched, began the sixth by walking Manny Machado and Profar.

Ryan Brasier replaced him and promptly walked Ha-Seong Kim to load the bases before getting Luis Campusano on a double play grounder, similar to how Paxton escaped trouble when Jake Cronenworth grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the third inning and with a runner on first in the fifth inning.

Those double plays ended innings. Campusano’s came with no outs, meaning Machado scored and Jackson Merrill got the chance to contribute more heroics.

Merrill hit a hard grounder up the middle that Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts dove to spear on the grass in shallow right-center field but then threw on a bounce and wide of first base, giving Merrill a game-tying RBI game-tying single two nights after his RBI game-winning single in the 11th inning.

Manny Machado (13) hits a home run during the fourth inning of Sunday's game.

Manny Machado (13) hits a home run during the fourth inning of Sunday’s game.

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The Dodgers’ trek to their most walks issued in more than 20 years continued with J.P. Feyereisen replacing Brasier to start the seventh and walking Xander Bogaerts and Cronenworth around a single by Fernando Tatis Jr. to load the bases. Machado, whose homer leading off the fourth inning put the Padres up 1-0, popped out before Profar drove a fastball just below shoulder level off the wall in center field.

The Dodgers would intentionally walk Kim before Alex Vesia got out of the inning. A walk by Jose Azocar in the ninth inning, the Padres’ 14th, set a Padres record for a nine-inning game. It was most walks issued by Dodgers pitchers in a game since 1951, when the team played its home games in Brooklyn.

Yuki Matsui throws a pitch during the sixth inning.

Yuki Matsui throws a pitch during the sixth inning.

(Eric Thayer / Associated Press)

The Dodgers scored all their runs in the fourth inning, answering Machado’s home run with a double by Freddie Freeman, RBI single by Smith and a two-run homer by Max Muncy.

Darvish got out of the fourth and was perfect in the gift before giving way to Enyel De Los Santos to start the sixth. Yuki Matsui replaced De Los Santos with two outs and a runner on first and worked through the seventh. Wandy Peralta got through a scoreless eighth to set up Robert Suarez, who earned his fifth save.

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