Dodgers get another strong start from Kenta Maeda in win over Padres

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated after scoring during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Joey Lucchesi #37 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp reaches third from first on a single by Max Muncy as San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva waits for the throw during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis, right, can’t hold on to the ball as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) arrives safely to second from first on an RBI single by Logan Forsythe during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres walks back to the dugout after striking out during the fiourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws over Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres as he turns a double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva drops the ball as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor reaches first on the fielding error during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, of Japan, reacts after a swinging strike while batting during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Fans cheer as Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leaves the game in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs as he scores during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Enrique Hernandez #14 after scoring during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Yasmani Grandal #9 after beating the San Diego Padres 4-2 in a baseball game at PETCO Park on July 11, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO — Last week, Kenta Maeda pitched on the same day his son was born and held the Angels in check despite his lack of sleep. The next day, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts joked that he ordered Maeda to get the same amount of sleep before his next start.

Hey – Doc’s orders.

Maeda put up almost the exact same line, holding the San Diego Padres to one run on four hits in 5-2/3 innings as the Dodgers won 4-2 Wednesday night.

“Three full days of sleep,” Maeda joked through his interpreter when asked how he spent his time on the paternity list. “(If the baby was crying), I just didn’t realize it.”

Given the way he has pitched since mid-May, Maeda can sleep contentedly. In nine starts since mid-May (with a brief DL detour due to a hip injury), Maeda has a 1.97 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He has allowed more than two earned runs in a start just once in that stretch while holding hitters to a .179 batting average with 61 strikeouts in 50-1/3 innings including nine in each of his past four starts.

It is the best stretch of his three years with the Dodgers.

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“I think as I recall against left and right this is as consistent as he’s been,” Roberts said. “He’s always been a righty killer and found ways to get lefties out. But right now, the splits are a lot more even than we’ve seen him.”

As Maeda’s family has grown, so has his repertoire. A year ago, he incorporated a cut fastball into his pitch mix. This spring, he began tinkering with the grip on his changeup. The tinkering continued into the season but he has settled now on a split-fingered grip that gives hitters already wary of his slider something else to contend with.

Over the past two months, his use of the changeup and his strikeout rate have both trended upward.

“It’s been a game-changer for Kenta,” Roberts said. “Not only against lefties but righties too. It just keeps guys more honest with the change now with the slider. Everything just plays up off of that. He can throw that pitch, present it as a strike and the bottom falls out. It’s been a huge weapon.”

Catcher Austin Barnes calls Maeda’s ability to expand his repertoire “impressive.”

“If something’s not working now, he has other weapons he can go to,” Barnes said. “When he first got here, he was basically a fastball-slider guy.”

Against the Padres, Maeda gave up hits to the first two batters, including an RBI double to Carlos Asuaje. But he struck out eight of the next 13 and allowed just one more baserunner past first (on a two-out double by Austin Hedges in the second inning) before Roberts pulled him in the sixth inning.

By then, the Dodgers were nursing a 3-1 lead the Padres had helped them build.

In the third inning, Kiké Hernandez doubled with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single by Matt Kemp.

Kemp went to third on a Max Muncy single and scored when Padres second baseman Carlos Asuaje smothered Logan Forsythe’s ground ball up the middle but couldn’t flip to second in time for a force out.

After a wild pitch moved both runners up, shortstop Freddy Galvis handled Cody Bellinger’s hard ground ball but threw in the dirt to first base. Umpire Jordan Baker was calling Bellinger out to end the inning when Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer lost the handle, allowing Bellinger to be safe and the run to score.

The Padres tightened things in the seventh when Christian Villanueva hit a two-out solo home run off Dodgers reliever Daniel Hudson. But it didn’t last. The Dodgers got the run back in the eighth on Chase Utley’s two-out pinch-hit double and Chris Taylor’s RBI single.

Dylan Floro and Kenley Jansen closed it out from there as the Dodgers moved within a half-game of first place again.

King Kenta. #マエケン pic.twitter.com/pKLgvk7gaV

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 12, 2018

Chris Taylor spoke post-game with @alannarizzo about Kenta Maeda’s dominant outing and the #Dodgers offense in tonight’s win over the Padres. pic.twitter.com/HufTvqiT8W

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 12, 2018

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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  • Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo, of South Korea, watches as a fan tries to grab a home run hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo, of South Korea, watches as a fan tries to grab a home run hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is congratulated by Matt Kemp after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is congratulated by Matt Kemp after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor, left, is forced out by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor while trying to take second base on a bunt by Cole Hamels during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor, left, is forced out by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor while trying to take second base on a bunt by Cole Hamels during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, front, comes around to score after Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre missed the catch on a steal of third by Puig during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, front, comes around to score after Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre missed the catch on a steal of third by Puig during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers fields a ball hit by Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and tags out Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he runs to third base in the second inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers fields a ball hit by Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and tags out Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he runs to third base in the second inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to a Texas Rangers batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to a Texas Rangers batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, right, shoves Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos while trying to score on a single hit by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, right, shoves Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos while trying to score on a single hit by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, right, shoves Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos while trying to score on a single hit by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, right, shoves Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos while trying to score on a single hit by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, right, shoves Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos while trying to score on a single hit by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, right, shoves Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos while trying to score on a single hit by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out at the plate as he collides with Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13:  Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels, left, restrains Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp as Kemp scuffles with Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels, left, restrains Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp as Kemp scuffles with Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game.   (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers try to hold back Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers as tempers flared after a collision at home plate in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. A benches clearing brawl erupted with Kemp being ejected from the game. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos scuffle after Chirinos was shoved by Kemp at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos scuffle after Chirinos was shoved by Kemp at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos scuffle after Chirinos was shoved by Kemp at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos scuffle after Chirinos was shoved by Kemp at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Teammates restrain Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, second from right, and Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos, second from left, as they scuffle during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Teammates restrain Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, second from right, and Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos, second from left, as they scuffle during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre restrain Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, center, as Kemp scuffled with Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre restrain Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, center, as Kemp scuffled with Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo, of South Korea, follows through on a double during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo, of South Korea, follows through on a double during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre throws to first for the out after fielding a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre throws to first for the out after fielding a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander throws against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander throws against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner reacts after striking out during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner reacts after striking out during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields breaks his bat during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. DeShields lined out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields breaks his bat during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. DeShields lined out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Jesse Chavez #53 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he is pulled from the eleventh inning of the game Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Jesse Chavez #53 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he is pulled from the eleventh inning of the game Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dumps a bucket of Hi-Chew candy on the head of Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit a walk off single to defeat the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dumps a bucket of Hi-Chew candy on the head of Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit a walk off single to defeat the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dumps a bucket of ice water on the head of Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit a walk off single to defeat the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dumps a bucket of ice water on the head of Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit a walk off single to defeat the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp is playing like it’s 2011 – in more ways than one.

Trying to score from second base on a single with two outs in the third inning Wednesday night, Kemp plowed over Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. In the post-Buster Posey rule era, such collisions are rare and Chirinos took exception. A shoving match ensued, setting off the obligatory emptying of both benches and bullpens.

Kemp was out – the throw from right field beat him to Chirinos easily – and both players were ejected.

And that wasn’t the only critical play at the plate in a game that wasn’t decided until an errant throw by Rangers reliever Matt Bush allowed the winning run to score in the 11th inning, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 victory.

With the Dodgers leading 2-0, Adrian Beltre doubled with one out in the fourth. It was the 3,090th hit of a career that started in Los Angeles, the most by any player born outside the United States.

Jurickson Profar followed with a single to center field. Kike’ Hernandez charged and made a strong throw home. But the throw was off line into foul territory. When Austin Barnes went wide to get it, Beltre slid to the inside of home plate. A straining Barnes reached for Beltre but home-plate umpire Sean Barber ruled Beltre safe, determining Barnes didn’t make contact with his glove until Beltre had touched home plate.

A lengthy replay review upheld the call and the Rangers tied the score when the next batter, Joey Gallo, added another RBI single.

That was all the damage the Rangers managed against Kenta Maeda who went five innings in his first start since he left his May 29 start with a right hip injury.

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The give and take at home plate left the game tied into extra innings. The Dodgers bullpen allowed only one hit in the first four innings after Maeda. The Rangers’ bullpen was nearly as good, striking out seven of eight Dodgers in one stretch.

The Dodgers had their best chance to end it in the ninth, Yasiel Puig drew a leadoff walk from Rangers right-hander Jesse Chavez. Logan Forsythe bounced a single through the right side of the infield and Puig charged into third base.

He stayed there as Barnes bounced into a slow-motion double play, Forsythe trying ineffectively to stall Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor so Puig could take off for home.

Puig didn’t go and was still on third base when Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. ran down Yasmani Grandal’s towering fly ball at the wall.

The Dodgers finally won without getting a hit.

Three walks in the 11th loaded the bases with one out. With the Rangers infield playing in, Barnes bounced back to the pitcher. Bush caught the ball to the right off the pitcher’s mound but his throw home pulled Rangers catcher Carlos Perez away from the plate, allowing Hernandez to score the winning run.

That gave the Dodgers a two-game sweep of the interleague series with the Rangers and their ninth win in the past 11 games – despite the fact that they went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The only hit was Hernandez’s single in the fourth that led to the Kemp-Chirinos collision.

More to come on this story.

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Kenta Maeda leaves with a hip injury and Dodgers lose to Phillies

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first  inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a lead off single to Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a lead off single to Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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  • Philadelphia Phillies’ Nick Williams high fives third base coach Dusty Wathan (62) after hitting a solo homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Philadelphia Phillies’ Nick Williams high fives third base coach Dusty Wathan (62) after hitting a solo homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a lead off single to Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a lead off single to Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from right, speaks to manager Dave Roberts through a interpreter as he would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from right, speaks to manager Dave Roberts through a interpreter as he would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from right, speaks to manager Dave Roberts through a interpreter as he would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from right, speaks to manager Dave Roberts through a interpreter as he would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from right, speaks to manager Dave Roberts through a interpreter as he would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from right, speaks to manager Dave Roberts through a interpreter as he would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) leaves the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) leaves the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) as manager Dave Roberts walks off the field after a meeting on the mound, Maeda would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) as manager Dave Roberts walks off the field after a meeting on the mound, Maeda would leave the game with a injury in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera RBI single as two runs score against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera RBI single as two runs score against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe fields a infield single by Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe fields a infield single by Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throes to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throes to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro dives, but can’t reach a foul pop up by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro dives, but can’t reach a foul pop up by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro dives, but can’t reach a foul pop up by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro dives, but can’t reach a foul pop up by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles as Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during fourth the inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles as Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during fourth the inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29:  Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies  at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out to end the fourth inning during  a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out to end the fourth inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29:  Erik Goeddel #62 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies  at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29: Erik Goeddel #62 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Philadelphia Phillies’ Carlos Santana follows through on an RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Philadelphia Phillies’ Carlos Santana follows through on an RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29:  Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fifth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies  at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 29: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fifth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp can’t catch a single hit by Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp can’t catch a single hit by Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp reacts after popping out during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp reacts after popping out during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp reacts after hitting a fly ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp reacts after hitting a fly ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda looks on in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda looks on in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — The anatomy lessons continue.

This time, it is the right hip of Kenta Maeda to be studied. Maeda left his start in the second inning Tuesday night with the latest Dodger injury – a strain of that hip.

The right-hander was ineffective before he left and Scott Alexander, the first of a parade of Dodgers relievers, contributed to the mess as the Philadelphia Phillies scored three times in the inning on their way to handing the Dodgers a 6-1 defeat.

“It’s kind of an unexpected, Murphy’s Law-type thing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But our guys are resilient.”

Roberts really should expect it by now.

Maeda will undergo an MRI on his hip Wednesday and almost certainly go to the DL, missing one start if not more. He will be the fourth member of the Dodgers’ season-opening starting rotation there, joining Clayton Kershaw (biceps tendinitis), Rich Hill (blister) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin injury). From the season-opening starting five, only Alex Wood has avoided the sidelines.

“The fact that most of the starting pitchers are hurt is something you don’t want to happen and I didn’t want to be part of that,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “But we’ll see.”

Maeda said the hip began bothering him at the end of his previous start, last Wednesday against the Rockies.

“It was something that, in between outings, was getting considerably better and wasn’t a big concern,” he said. “I made the decision I was able to pitch today.”

Maeda’s eagerness is understandable. He was coming off the best back-to-back starts of his MLB career. In his two starts before Tuesday, Maeda threw 14-2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 20 while allowing only four hits.

There was no sign of that Maeda before he left the game Tuesday.

He got through a scoreless first inning but gave up a double and a walk, throwing 24 pitches to five batters. In the second, he gave up a leadoff home run to Nick Williams and a double to Jorge Alfaro, drawing two visits from Roberts, Maeda’s interpreter and trainer Neil Rampe. The second ended Maeda’s night after just eight batters.

“Throughout the day there were remnants of it. But nothing of great concern,” Maeda said of the hip issue which made it difficult for him to drive toward home plate. “Then I started pitching in the game and it became gradually more and more.”

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A conga line of relievers followed – six of the eight on the active roster pitched in the game – and couldn’t match the five scoreless innings of relief that made Monday’s comeback win possible.

It didn’t matter. The Dodgers managed little offensively against Phillies starter Jake Arrieta who shut them out through seven innings.

They had the leadoff man on base in five of six innings but couldn’t score him until Max Muncy doubled off Phillies reliever Hector Neris in the eighth and scored on an RBI single by Justin Turner. They left eight baserunners on in the game, going 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

“Arrieta pitched well tonight and kept us at bay,” Roberts said. “He used his sinker really well tonight, to the right-handed hitters and had the slider off of that … (He was) east to west with the sinker and the slider all night long.”

The Dodgers’ starters have held up well during Kershaw’s absence – until now. Their ace returns Thursday but the Dodgers’ bullpen has had to cover 12-1/3 innings the past two games and Roberts acknowledged “an arm … maybe two” will be arriving from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Barring a remarkable recovery by Maeda, another starting pitcher will be needed this weekend in Colorado. Brock Stewart went four innings in a spot start Monday and cannot be recalled for 10 days unless it is to replace a player placed on the DL – a move the Dodgers will likely make with Maeda on Wednesday in order to get that bullpen help.

“It’s not ideal,” Roberts said of the latest stress test on his pitching staff.

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Late, late show can’t stop Dodgers from losing 11th consecutive game, 8-6

  • Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) can’t make the catch on a triple by San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) can’t make the catch on a triple by San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo looks up at the rain during a delay during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo looks up at the rain during a delay during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Fans cover themselves from the rain during a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Fans cover themselves from the rain during a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Francisco Giants starter Chris Stratton throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco Giants starter Chris Stratton throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Jarrett Parker looks up at the rain during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco Giants’ Jarrett Parker looks up at the rain during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers players sit in the dugout during a rain delay during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers players sit in the dugout during a rain delay during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • The field is covered with a tarp for a rain delay during a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    The field is covered with a tarp for a rain delay during a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span, center, celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Joe Panik, right, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span, center, celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Joe Panik, right, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, right, is congratulated by teammate Denard Span (2) after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, right, is congratulated by teammate Denard Span (2) after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe (11) scores a run on teammate Corey Seager’s single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe (11) scores a run on teammate Corey Seager’s single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Stratton, left, is taken out of the game by manager Bruce Bochy (15) during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Stratton, left, is taken out of the game by manager Bruce Bochy (15) during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits a single to drive in two-runs against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits a single to drive in two-runs against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik hits a sacrifice bunt against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik hits a sacrifice bunt against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey hits a single to score a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey hits a single to score a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) stands on second base after hitting a double to score a run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) stands on second base after hitting a double to score a run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants left fielder Jarrett Parker (6) can’t make the stop on a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner as center fielder Denard Span (2) looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants left fielder Jarrett Parker (6) can’t make the stop on a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner as center fielder Denard Span (2) looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval (48) slides into home plate past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, to score a run on a single by Hunter Pence during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval (48) slides into home plate past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, to score a run on a single by Hunter Pence during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence hits a single to drive in a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence hits a single to drive in a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span rounds third base to score a run on a double by teammate Buster Posey against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span rounds third base to score a run on a double by teammate Buster Posey against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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SAN FRANCISO — Good morning. The Dodgers did not lose a game Monday.

But their demons pursued them into the early-morning hours. It took until 2:11 Tuesday morning but the Dodgers’ losing streak reached 11 thanks to an 8-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants that took more than six hours to complete.

The forces of nature helped the Dodgers avoid their fate for awhile. But even that wasn’t enough to prevent their 16th loss in the past 17 games.

A series of thunderstorms moved through the Bay Area, featuring lightning strikes and heavy rains and producing two separate delays at AT&T Park – one before the game even started and another after just one batter.

The start of the game was delayed 42 minutes before the first pitch was thrown. It was stopped minutes later after five pitches. That batter, Curtis Granderson, struck out. Apt, considering the way things have been going for Granderson individually and the Dodgers collectively over the past 2½ weeks, the skies opened almost immediately.

After waiting nearly three hours, the rain finally stopped and both sides agreed to resume the game at 10:50 p.m. and play deep into the night – a decision that confused the seagulls who gather over AT&T Park to make a post-game meal of the trash in the stands. They arrived about 10 p.m., expecting the game to be in the ninth inning only to be shooed away by the crowd’s clapping.

According to Giants CEO Larry Baer on the team’s broadcast, the Dodgers were unwilling to give up a mutual off day and reschedule the game for Thursday. The Dodgers are scheduled to travel cross country Thursday to Washington for a three-game weekend series against the National League East champion Nationals.

The Dodgers were able to make more progress in the NL West by not playing than their efforts on the field have produced in the past 10 days. The Arizona Diamondbacks lost, 5-4, at home to the Colorado Rockies on Monday, their game finishing just as the San Francisco grounds crew began prepping the field (again) for the resumption of play.

That loss cut the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West to 10. Try as they might, the Dodgers couldn’t summon any more magic.

Right-hander Kenta Maeda had a worse night than the seagulls. He didn’t take the mound until 11 o’clock then quickly surrendered four runs in three innings, including home runs by Denard Span and Jarrett Parker. It was the 10th time in these 17 games that the Dodgers trailed after the first three innings. Their starting pitchers have a 6.54 ERA in that time.

Early deficits have become a nightly occurrence. Comebacks have not.

This time, though, the Dodgers rallied to tie the score at 4-4 in the fourth and Yasiel Puig gave them a lead with a solo home run leading off the fifth.

But the Dodgers’ bullpen kept giving up runs like nightcaps as last call approached. The Giants scored in six of the first seven innings, a stretch that also featured a taped rendition of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” to honor the tragedy of Sept. 11 – during a seventh-inning stretch on Sept. 12.

The loss was the Dodgers’ 21st in their past 28 games at AT&T Park. Clayton Kershaw has been the starting pitcher in five of the seven victories. He starts Tuesday’s late game.

More to come on this story.

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