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  • 26 April 2019
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    , Rich Hill was perfect. Only he didn’t feel that way.He
    didn’t like the way the ball was coming out of his hand, even though he wasn’t
    letting anyone on base.“Around the third inning, the feel started coming
    around,” Hill said. “The big thing was getting ahead and throwing strikes.”Hill
    allowed two hits over six shutout innings, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner and Max
    Muncy homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the San Diego Padres 11-1 on
    Friday night to snap a three-game skid.Hill (6-4) retired his first 12 batters,
    seven of them on strikeouts, before Hunter Renfroe doubled leading off the
    fifth.“There were a few pitches I left out there,” Hill said. “Everything needs
    to be tightened up as we move to September.”Hill added another strikeout and had
    one walk on 90 pitches in his first win since Aug. 7 at Oakland. The only other
    hit the veteran left-hander gave up was a triple to Freddy Galvis in the
    sixth.“It’s discouraging when you go into a game with a game plan and we swing
    at fast balls up and out of the zone,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “You’re
    just not going to get Rich Hill that way. It’s going to take discipline.”The
    last-place Padres proved the antidote that the slumping Dodgers needed after
    scoring just six runs while getting swept in three games by St. Louis. Los
    Angeles had lost nine of its last 12 and 10 of 14, but the victory brought them
    back to .500 at home (33-33).“Just kind of getting that monkey off our back was
    big for us and hopefully we can settle down and relax,” Turner said. “Offense is
    contagious. When it goes good early, it goes really good. When there’s
    opportunities lost early in the game it builds up anxiety.”The Dodgers pounded
    out 13 hits and scored in each of the first five innings. Taylor homered on his
    first pitch from Clayton Richard (7-11) in the third. Turner added a two-run
    shot on Richard’s first pitch to him in the fourth, extending the lead to
    7-0.Richard gave up seven runs — six earned — and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He
    struck out three and walked two.“It’s extremely disappointing to put your team
    in the hole like that. I have no excuse,” Richard said. “It stinks to have an
    outing like that.” Pinch-hitter Muncy slugged his team-high 29th homer, a
    two-run shot that made it 11-0, in the seventh. The Dodgers have an NL
    West-leading 179 homers this season.The Dodgers scored four runs in the second
    on Cody Bellinger’s RBI
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    Brian Dozier’s RBI double down the third-base line and Turner’s RBI
    single.Bellinger’s RBI double and Hill’s RBI single extended the lead to 9-0 in
    the fifth.The Dodgers’ bullpen completed the four-hitter. Yimi Garcia gave up
    two hits and allowed the Padres’ lone run on Galvis’ RBI double in the
    eighth.The Padres have lost nine of 11 and fell to 4-10 against their NL West
    rivals this season.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: 3B Wil Myers returned to the lineup,
    going 0 for 4. He had just one at-bat in the last two games after he was hit in
    the face by a groundball in batting practice Wednesday. “I felt good,” he said.
    “No problems with anything.”Dodgers: RHP Daniel Hudson (right forearm tightness)
    went on the disabled list. … RHP Ross Stripling had his scheduled throwing
    session pushed back to Saturday, when he will face hitters for one or two
    innings. … RHP Garcia was reinstated from the DL after missing 43 games with
    right forearm inflammation.AT HOME ON THE ROADGalvis has hit safely in his last
    nine games at Dodger Stadium dating to Aug. 9, 2016. He’s batted .400 with six
    runs, three doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBIs.BIRTHDAY BOYDodgers
    center fielder Enrique Hernandez celebrated his 27th birthday by going 1 for 4
    with two runs, a walk and two strikeouts.UP NEXTRHP Brett Kennedy (0-2, 8.36
    ERA) makes his fourth career start for San Diego and his second against a
    divisional foe. LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-5, 2.40) makes his 34th career start
    against the Padres. He is 18-6 with a 1.89 ERA against them, while holding
    opposing batters to a .186 average while averaging 9.52 strikeouts per nine
    innings. MIAMI — Starlin Castro said he has been feeling “a little lost” at the
    plate lately.Monday night, he rediscovered his stroke, belting a two-run double
    and a solo homer as his Miami Marlins defeated the visiting Washington Nationals
    8-5.The Marlins are in last place in the National League East and have not been
    in contention all year, so the victory was merely for pride and the stat
    books.Article continues below ...But the Nationals (76-75), who won this
    division three of the past four years, including the past two in a row by large
    margins, are a different story.The Nationals are now long-shots to make this
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    , and Monday’s performance — giving up a 4-0 lead — had to
    hurt.On Tuesday, the Nationals and Marlins will conclude their brief two-game
    set. Washington will start veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87
    ERA). Miami will go with rookie right-hander Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42
    ERA).Dating back to April 2017, Strasburg has dominated the Marlins, going 4-0
    with a 0.67 ERA.Overall, Strasburg, who at age 30 still has an above-average
    fastball with a norm of 94.8 mph, has won his past two decisions. His most
    recent start, on Wednesday at the Philadelphia Phillies, was Strasburg’s best
    since May. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed just one run in seven
    innings.One of Strasburg’s oddest patterns this year has been his home struggles
    — 2-5 with a 5.20 ERA. But he is 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA in eight road starts.He has
    also been strong in September, going 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts.The
    Marlins, though, have shown they will battle, just as they did on Monday.“I give
    credit to our whole lineup,” Castro said of a Marlins team that pieced together
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    , two doubles and one homer on Monday. “We started the game
    losing, but we all came up with big at-bats.”Marlins manager Don Mattingly said
    he was proud of his team.“It feels good that our guys are fighting,” Mattingly
    said. “You want your guys to compete no matter the situation.”Mattingly has to
    be happy with the compete level of Alcantara, whose average fastball is 95.2
    mph. He has thrown as hard as 102 mph, and, at age 23, he is a big part of
    Miami’s future.Alcantara has lasted seven innings in each of his past two
    starts. In those two games, he has allowed a total of just five hits and two
    runs, striking out 12.Washington has its own young stars — outfielders Victor
    Robles and Juan Soto. Robles, a 21-year-old with just 44 at-bats at this level,
    hit his first major-league homer on Monday night, blasting the ball 427 feet to
    left. His shot had an exit velocity of 105 mph.The 19-year-old Soto has hit 20
    homers so far this season, which ranks him third in major-league history in the
    category of long balls hit by a teenager. Tony Conigliaro is atop the list with
    24 homers. Washington’s Bryce Harper hit 22 homers as a teen.Strasburg recently
    gave Soto exceptionally high praise.“He is reminiscent,” Strasburg said, “of
    watching (a young) Tony Gwynn.”