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Dodgers come up short in latest replay of rivalry with Padres

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and San Diego Padres pulled their budding rivalry back off the shelf and took another swallow Thursday night.

Yep – still good.

After last weekend’s exciting three-game series at Petco Park, everyone just wanted a replay. They got two in the eighth inning Thursday night. The Dodgers split the pair and came up short, losing 3-2 to the Padres at Dodger Stadium.

Tied after seven innings, the Padres pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.

Justin Turner led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and Will Smith followed by lofting a high fly ball down the left-field line. Jurickson Profar raced over and made a diving attempt as the ball bounced off the chalked line.

Umpire Jim Reynolds signaled the ball had landed foul but a replay review overruled him. Smith was awarded a double, pumping life into a potential Dodger rally.

After Max Muncy grounded out, A.J. Pollock was intentionally walked to load the bases for Sheldon Neuse, a late addition to the lineup after both Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry were scratched with lower back stiffness.

Neuse hit a bullet, a 108.7-mph one-hopper that Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth somehow smothered and tossed to shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to start an inning-ending double play.

That went to replay as well but the call was confirmed and the Dodgers’ rally was snuffed out.

The dramatic finish followed a slow build as Walker Buehler and Ryan Weathers dominated hitters, allowing a total of five hits through the first six innings.

The youngest pitcher in the majors this season, Weathers made his major-league debut in the postseason (one of only two players in baseball history who can say that). Counting that relief appearance in the NL Division Series, the 21-year-old left-hander has pitched in six big-league games, half of them against the Dodgers. He hasn’t allowed a run in 10-2/3 innings against them.

Held to two hits in Seattle on Wednesday, the Dodgers managed just one against Weathers – a leadoff single by Buehler in the third inning. On a chilly night at Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers hit three long fly balls that died short of the fences – a 380-foot fly out to center field by Will Smith, a 361-foot drive to the wall in left by Pollock and a 377-foot fly out to right-center by Neuse.

Buehler, meanwhile, was rediscovering his putaway pitch and striking out a season-high nine in seven innings (he had no more than four strikeouts in any of his first three starts). But the Padres put three singles together for a run in the fourth and Trent Grisham sent a 1-and-0 fastball deep into the right field pavilion for another.

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