SAN DIEGO >> Justin Turner’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning tied the game but Yangervis Solarte followed with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the inning, giving the San Diego Padres a 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader at Petco Park Saturday afternoon.
The loss is the Dodgers’ sixth in their past seven games. Right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to start the night game beginning at 7:10 p.m.
Cody Bellinger led off the fourth inning with a solo home run off Padres left-hander Clayton Richard. It was the first home run Richard has given up to a left-handed hitter since the 2013 season but it was the 10 of Bellinger’s 35 home runs to come off a left-handed hitter. That ties Anthony Rizzo and Joey Votto for the most home runs by a left-handed hitter off a left-handed pitcher this season.
Bellinger’s 35 home runs match Mike Piazza’s total from 1993 for the Dodgers rookie record. Saturday’s homer was Bellinger’s first since August 12, before his 10-day stint on the DL with a sprained right ankle.
The homer gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. They added to that in the fifth inning when Chris Taylor doubled and scored on an RBI single by Austin Barnes.
Dodgers right-hander Brock Stewart went four innings, allowing one run. But the Padres scored four times against Dodgers relievers Wilmer Font and Josh Ravin.
The Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, Font led Triple-A in strikeouts, earning a September callup. He didn’t fare as well in his first major-league appearance since July 14, 2013 with the Texas Rangers. The Padres tied the game with two runs off Font in the sixth inning, drawing two walks and getting two hits (a double by Cory Spangenberg and an RBI single by Jabari Blash).
The Padres took the lead in a seventh inning featuring some poor defense by the Dodgers’ lineup of second-liners.
Ravin walked Jose Pirela to start the inning. It was one of eight walks by Dodgers pitchers in the game.
Two batters later, Wil Myers lined a ball over O’Koyea Dickson’s head in left field. The ball ricocheted off the wall and over the head of Dickson (making his major-league debut). Dickson fell as he turned and Myers wound up with an RBI triple.
Cory Spangenberg singled Myers in and was stranded at third after stealing second and going to third on a throwing error by Barnes.
The Padres took the 5-3 lead into the ninth but Rob Segedin led off with a double off lefty reliever Brad Hand. Two batters…