Dodgers take over first place in NL West with narrow win over Padres

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor reaches for a ground-ball single by San Diego Padres’ Austin Hedges during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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  • San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is tagged out by Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres as he tries to steal second base during the third inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling watches a throw to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Tyson Ross #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws his helmet after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues a call with umpire Jordan Baker during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a double during the sixth inning to break up a no-hitter being thrown by the Padres’ Tyson Ross on Thursday in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Andrew Toles watches his RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • The Dodgers’ Andrew Toles hits an RBI single to break a scoreless tie and begin a three-run seventh inning in Thursday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. The Dodgers won 3-2. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor runs home to score the first run of the game during the seventh inning Thursday night in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Justin Turner, center, gestures from the dugout toward teammate Andrew Toles after Toles’ RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp follows through on an RBI single during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Padres catcher Austin Hedges, left, tags out the Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez (14), who trying to score from second on an RBI single by Matt Kemp during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp gestures after reaching third from first on an RBI single by Joc Pederson during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Franmil Reyes #32 of the San Diego Padres scores ahead of the tag of Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis, right, throws to first from his knees for the out on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner as Padres second baseman Jose Pirela, left, watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates after defeating the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. The Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Kenley Jansen, right, celebrates with teammate catcher Yasmani Grandal after defeating the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. The Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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SAN DIEGO — Ross Stripling is going to the All-Star Game. Tyson Ross is most assuredly not.

But it took a soft single by Andrew Toles in the seventh inning to separate the two and drive in the first run in a three-run seventh inning. That pushed the Dodgers past the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Thursday night – and into first place.

The win allowed the Dodgers to leap-frog the Arizona Diamondbacks (who lost earlier in the day) and move into first for only the second time this season. They took over first place despite going only 4-3 on a seven-game trip to Anaheim and San Diego. The Diamondbacks have lost nine of their last 13 games.

“It beats second place,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked the significance of a division lead on July 12.

“Beats being in fourth place, too.”

That’s where the Dodgers were on May 16 when a six-game losing streak to the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins dropped them 10 games under .500 (16-26).

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“It feels good,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who took over the NL lead in saves (26) Thursday. “Shoot, how we started in April who knew how the season was going to go for us?”

If you’ve been following this team, you kind of knew.

That 16-26 start was the first time they had been 10 games under .500 since June 2013. That season, the Dodgers won 60 of their next 88 games after hitting rock bottom and won the first of five consecutive division titles.

The Dodgers have done their part to follow a similar script. They have gone 35-16, the best record in the National League, since May 16.

“If we can be in first place three days from now at the All-Star break, that would be good,” Stripling said. “Obviously the Diamondbacks have put a good season together. We’ve been grinding along with them.”

It’s no coincidence that the Dodgers’ turnaround began when Justin Turner’s season did. Turner missed the first 40 games of the season with a fractured wrist. Though he hasn’t been as productive this year as last year when he made the All-Star team, he remains vital to the lineup.

That lineup has lost some of its vibrancy during this seven-game trip to Anaheim and San Diego. The Dodgers batted .190 with only three home runs and 24 runs scored on the trip and were held to three runs or fewer in five of the seven games.

Now, they might have to make do without Turner, albeit briefly, again. Roberts said Turner aggravated a groin or hamstring muscle while running to first on a ground-out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. Turner will not be in the lineup Friday and will be re-evaluated.

Ross was not a likely suspect to keep the lid on the Dodgers’ offense. In his previous two starts, the right-hander had a 19.29 ERA and opposing batters had a 1.427 OPS. But he held the Dodgers hitless into the sixth inning when a one-out double by Joc Pederson broke the spell.

Stripling had a rockier road. He didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning until the sixth after scattering six hits and a walk over the first five innings, stranding all seven runners on base, most notably striking Ross out with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning.

“It was just kind of a battle,” Stripling said. “I felt like they had a lot of good ABs. I definitely wasn’t missing a lot of barrels. … A little bit of luck on my part tonight. Might have built up some bad karma. There might be some bloopers in my future.”

The Dodgers finally broke through against Ross in the seventh inning when Chris Taylor lashed a one-out double down the left-field line. Toles dropped his single into left field to drive in the game’s first run and end Ross’ night.

Things went south for the Padres after that. The Dodgers batted around, scoring three times on four hits, a walk and two hit batters – one a classic, don’t-flinch, barely-there graze of Chase Utley’s left leg. Matt Kemp and Pederson joined Toles with RBI singles.

That was just enough when Wil Myers drove in two with a two-out double off Scott Alexander in the seventh. Dylan Floro and Jansen closed it out over the final two innings.

.@RossStripling talks with @alannarizzo about his 6-inning shutout in tonight’s series finale win vs. the #Padres. pic.twitter.com/ZhBte6sSch

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 13, 2018

Coming through. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/hOeHoUpsYC

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 13, 2018

“We turned our season around, and we’re in first place. Now we just got to keep going.”@kenleyjansen74 spoke with @alannarizzo after recording his 26th save of the season in tonight’s 3-2 win against the #Padres. pic.twitter.com/QMYyJbcUdm

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 13, 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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  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a grounder hit by Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a grounder hit by Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley fields a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. Blackmon was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley fields a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. Blackmon was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flys out during the third inning of a game at against the Colorado Rockies  Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flys out during the third inning of a game at against the Colorado Rockies Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, hits a solo home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, right, watches along with home plate umpire Ryan Blakney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, hits a solo home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, right, watches along with home plate umpire Ryan Blakney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, watches the ball go as he hits a solo home run as Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, watches the ball go as he hits a solo home run as Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth  inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds second base after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth  inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds second base after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, rounds third after hitting a solo home run as Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez, center, watches along with third baseman Nolan Arenado during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, rounds third after hitting a solo home run as Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez, center, watches along with third baseman Nolan Arenado during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth  inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler winces as he throws out Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story after being hit by the batted ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler winces as he throws out Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story after being hit by the batted ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13 looks on as Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes a knee after being hit by a line drive from Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13 looks on as Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes a knee after being hit by a line drive from Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13 and Yasmani Grandal #9 comfort  Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers  after he was  hit by a line drive from Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13 and Yasmani Grandal #9 comfort Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he was hit by a line drive from Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13, Manager Dave Roberts, Justin Turner #10,  and Chase Utley #26 watch  Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warm up  after he was  hit by a line drive from Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13, Manager Dave Roberts, Justin Turner #10, and Chase Utley #26 watch Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warm up after he was hit by a line drive from Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on after striking out during the sixth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies  at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on after striking out during the sixth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies  at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra, second from left, hits a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. Catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Ryan Blakney watch. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra, second from left, hits a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. Catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Ryan Blakney watch. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra, right, runs to first as he hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra, right, runs to first as he hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and umpire Ryan Blakney 6 look on as Gerardo Parra #8 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and umpire Ryan Blakney 6 look on as Gerardo Parra #8 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal stands at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal stands at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies  at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies runs to third as Chase Utley #26 is unable to catch a wild throw to second by Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies runs to third as Chase Utley #26 is unable to catch a wild throw to second by Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field during the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies  at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field during the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies runs to first on an RBI single during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies runs to first on an RBI single during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Colorado Rockies’ Tony Wolters, right, is congratulated by Gerardo Parra after scoring on a single by Carlos Gonzalez during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Colorado Rockies’ Tony Wolters, right, is congratulated by Gerardo Parra after scoring on a single by Carlos Gonzalez during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Max Muncy #13 looks on after he was hit into a double play by Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Max Muncy #13 looks on after he was hit into a double play by Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after striking out during the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after striking out during the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp lies on the ground after being tagged out to end the game by Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond as he dove back to first following an overthrow on his single during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockies won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp lies on the ground after being tagged out to end the game by Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond as he dove back to first following an overthrow on his single during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockies won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discusses a game-ending play with officials after Dodgers’ Matt Kemp was tagged out by Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond as he dove back to first following an overthrow on his single during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockies won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discusses a game-ending play with officials after Dodgers’ Matt Kemp was tagged out by Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond as he dove back to first following an overthrow on his single during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockies won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp walks off the field after being tagged out at first base to end the  game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies won 2-1.   (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp walks off the field after being tagged out at first base to end the game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies won 2-1. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field after being tagged out at first base to end the  game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Colorado Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field after being tagged out at first base to end the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Colorado Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES — The ball left Walker Buehler’s hand at 97 mph. Trevor Story swatted it back at 108 mph, packing all the optic ferocity of a ping-pong volley only, with more dangerous consequences. The ball tagged Buehler square in the left of his rib cage. The 23-year-old crumpled in a heap of pain, but not before he picked up the baseball and threw out Story.

That looked like the end of Buehler’s night for a moment Monday. The announced crowd of 42,805 at Dodger Stadium held its breath while the wispy right-hander collected his. Buehler needed a minute with a Dodgers athletic trainer, then threw a few warm-up pitches before staying in the game. He faced nine more batters, retiring eight, and left after seven brilliant innings. It was the longest start of his professional career.

Yet 90 pitches were not enough to guarantee Buehler a victory. His teammates simply made too many mistakes.

The Dodgers collected two hits against a pitcher with a 5.15 earned-run average. Chase Utley committed two errors at second base. Matt Kemp made a subtle but critical baserunning mistake with two outs in the ninth inning, ending a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

“He’s done a phenomenal job, especially after getting drilled,” Kemp said of Buehler. “He came back and he battled. He’s been pitching well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get him any runs to really support him, so we have to do a better job.”

Tied 1-1 in the eighth inning, the Rockies walked a delicate tightrope to score the tiebreaking run. Pedro Baez’s 3-and-2 fastball to Tony Wolters was inside by a hair. When Wolters took off for second base, catcher Yasmani Grandal’s throw was a bit high for Chase Utley’s vertical leap and landed in center field.

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts believed the batter, Pat Valaika, interfered with Grandal.

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“It’s just unfortunate,” Roberts said, “because you look back at the (video), if we could review and look at it, and see that there was an excess backswing that did get in the way of Yasmani throwing the baseball to second base.”

Wolters went to third on the errant throw. A minute later, Baez (1-3) caught Wolters flat-footed leading off third base, but his throw to Justin Turner was a tick late. Baez struck out Pat Valaika and left to a rare round of cheers.

Left-hander Scott Alexander relieved Baez to face a left-handed hitter, Carlos Gonzalez. On his second pitch, Alexander induced a harmless-looking ground ball to Utley. But the veteran second baseman threw short of first base. Max Muncy, who earlier picked two throws out of the dirt to preserve Buehler’s perfect game in progress, flailed badly at Utley’s throw.

Gonzalez was safe, Wolters scored from third, and the Dodgers were down a run.

The Dodgers committed three errors in all. Utley was responsible for two.

Their most frustrating error was committed on the bases. With two outs in the ninth inning, Kemp hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield. Story, the Rockies’ shortstop, threw short of first base and Kemp briefly looked to his left as the ball eluded first baseman Ian Desmond.

Wolters, the Rockies’ catcher, was backing up the throw. He alertly tossed the ball to Desmond, who tagged out Kemp diving back to the bag. If Kemp had never looked to his left after running through the base, he could not be thrown out – a subtle movement, but one that cost the Dodgers their last chance at a victory.

“I wasn’t quite sure if I had turned to go to second base,” Kemp said. “Just trying to get back (to first) just to make sure. He (first base umpire Alfonso Marquez) said I went, tagged me out. It’s a mistake on my part. I take full blame for that.”

Muncy’s solo home run against Rockies pitcher German Marquez, his fifth of the season, gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Kemp had the Dodgers’ other hit against Marquez, a ground-rule double in the second inning.

Marquez was Buehler’s equal. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. By snapping a two-game losing streak, the Rockies (26-22) took over first place in the National League West by a half-game over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers (20-27) stand 5½ games behind the new division leader.

Buehler’s command might have allowed a one-run lead to hold up. He was as efficient as he was effective, needing only 90 pitches to complete seven innings. He retired the game’s first 12 batters in order, carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning.

Then, Gerardo Parra fouled off four straight pitches before launching a Buehler fastball into the bleachers in left-center field. The home run tied the score 1-1.

Buehler allowed only one other hit, an infield single to the opposing pitcher, Marquez. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Buehler had thrown more than 90 pitches before, but Roberts had no qualms about removing the rookie after seven innings.

“He takes a ball 108 miles off the bat to the ribs, and he gives you two more innings, and to ask him to start the eighth inning at 90-some pitches, that wasn’t too hard,” Roberts said.

Through six starts this season – the first six of his career – Buehler has a 2.38 earned-run average. When he struck out Nolan Arenado in the seventh inning, the Rockies’ All-Star third baseman clobbered the dugout floor with his lumber in frustration.

X-rays on Buehler’s ribs were negative. He said Story’s line drive reminded him of his days playing football, diving and expectorating the air from his lungs. But he took the hit and stayed in the game – a feat made more impressive by Buehler’s 175-pound frame.

His performance stood in sharp contrast to the mental and physical mistakes around him.

“Walker was outstanding,” Roberts said. “Willing himself to stay in there and giving us two innings was huge. A young player to have that much fight was very inspirational. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pick him up.”

This is how the #Dodgers lost. pic.twitter.com/5kSIgMLTbz

— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 22, 2018

Walker Buehler on his start and how his ribs feel after taking a 108mph line drive pic.twitter.com/NDMqLlkL3G

— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) May 22, 2018

Dave Roberts comments on the #Dodgers final out, @buehlersdayoff‘s solid outing and determination to stay in the game. pic.twitter.com/p2IpGacf7e

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 22, 2018

Bat drop. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/xwn9WQIERP

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 22, 2018

What can’t Chris Taylor do?!? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zkkVlXkaOB

— MLB (@MLB) May 22, 2018

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