LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fernando Tatís Jr. hit two homers at Dodger Stadium on the 22nd anniversary of his father hitting two grand slams in one inning at the same park, and the San Diego Padres earned their third straight victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1 on Friday night.
Tatís hit solo homers in the third and fifth off Clayton Kershaw (3-2), and Yu Darvish (2-1) pitched seven strong innings in the Padres’ second consecutive win at Chavez Ravine to open this four-game series. San Diego also won the finale of the clubs’ first series last weekend at Petco Park.
Fernando Tatís Sr. famously hit two grand slams for St. Louis off the Dodgers’ Chan Ho Park in the third inning on April 23, 1999 — a feat that had never been done before, and hasn’t been done since.
His son was 3 1/2 months old at the time, and the now-22-year-old Tatís’ night wasn’t quite as unique as his dad’s achievement — but his fourth career multi-homer game included the two hardest-hit homers of his ascendant career at 113.4 mph and 115.9 mph, according to Statcast. Tatís also drove in a third run with a ninth-inning single.
Wil Myers’ solo homer in the second ended Kershaw’s streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Tommy Pham and pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar also drove in runs in the ninth.
Mookie Betts doubled and scored on Max Muncy’s single in the first inning for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have lost four of five amidst a major offensive slump. With four regular hitters now unavailable due to injuries, Los Angeles has scored only 11 runs in its last six games.
Darvish yielded four hits and a run with nine strikeouts in his second straight outstanding start against his former team and Kershaw. Darvish held the Dodgers to one hit over seven innings last weekend, but took a narrow loss when Kershaw threw six shutout…