Dodgers blanked by Padres, drop series in San Diego

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The Dodgers could only put together four hits in the game as they were shut out 4-0 by the Padres in the rubber match.

SAN DIEGO — Dodgers starter Walker Buehler proved rusty once again, conceding two home runs while the 2-6 spots in the Los Angeles lineup went 0-19 in a 4-0 loss at Petco Park on Sunday.

It was the second start for Buehler, who was pulled after 3.1 innings and 77 pitches. The bullpen controled the damage as they allowed one run across the final 4.2 innings.

The Dodgers batting order struggled to figure out Yu Darvish, who allowed two hits across seven innings.

Their best chance of the day came in the eighth, when back-to-back singles from Austin Barnes and Mookie Betts put runners on first and second with two outs. However, Padres’ reliever Wandy Peralta struck out Freddie Freeman to retire the side.

It was their first series loss since the Mets took two out of three from them at Dodger Stadium in late April. The Dodgers are 27-15 this season and 12-7 on the road. They will look to bounce back in their next series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park.

Here are three takeaways:

Buehler adjusting in return

After allowing six hits and three runs across four innings in his comeback May 6, Buehler allowed two runs to score in the first inning by the Padres.

Jake Cronenworth and Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted back-to-back home runs put the pressure on Buehler out of the gate. The 28-pitch first inning limited his use for the rest of the afternoon.

Buehler danced around more trouble in the second, allowing two more hits but kept San Diego from extending the lead. The third inning would be his only 1-2-3 frame, retiring the 3, 4 and 5 hitters.

The fourth inning was his last as he was pulled after allowing a single, walk and hit batsman that loaded the bases. He finished with three earned runs and five hits allowed, swelling his ERA to 7.36.

Buehler has been shaky at best in his first two starts back from elbow surgery. He has now allowed three home runs across 7.1 innings.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (42 innings pitched) and Tyler Glasnow (57 IP) each have allowed five home runs.

Frustrating series

In sweeping their previous two series, the Dodgers had a combined 50 hits. Against the Padres, the Dodgers recorded 13 hits in the three-game series and came up short in two games.

It was a particularly tough weekend for Will Smith and Maxy Muncy, who went a combined 0 for 21 in the series. The Dodgers went 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position across the three games and could not seem to cash in during their biggest opportunities.

They were fortunate the pitching staff performed at an elite level through the first two games of the series, helping them salvage one win.

San Diego (22-21) is now above .500 and has won eight of their last 11 games. The Padres are 5-3 against the Dodgers this season after the most attended series in Petco Park history (combined 133,790 fans).

No answer for Darvish

Darvish (3-1) cruised through the Dodgers lineup as he helped his squad win their first home series over Los Angeles in nearly three years.

The right-hander struck out seven and walked one over 101 pitches. His ERA fell to 2.43, which would be good enough for the No. 1 among Dodgers starters.

Darvish allowed one hit in each of the fifth and sixth innings but induced 1-2-3 innings through the rest of his start. He is 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 15 career starts against them including a three-game winning streak.

Padres starters Darvish, Michael King and Matt Waldron combined for 19.1 innings in this series and allowed two earned runs.

The Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series at 6:45 p.m. Monday night at Oracle Park. It will be their second series of the season with Los Angeles delivering a three-game sweep in the previous one.

Yamamoto (4-1, 2.79 ERA) will face Giants right-hander Jordan Hicks (3-1, 2.30 ERA).