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Maeda stymies Padres as Dodgers win 4-2, move closer in West

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: National Post

SAN DIEGO - Kenta Maeda's work in the winter is paying off for the Dodgers this summer.
Thanks to his newfound changeup, Maeda pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Matt Kemp, Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor each delivered an RBI single as Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Wednesday night.
The surging Dodgers pulled within a half-game of NL West-leading Arizona with their 34th victory in 50 games.
Maeda (6-5) won for the first time since June 25 as the right-hander allowed a run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts and a walk to help the Dodgers defeat the Padres for the eighth time in 12 meetings this season.
“It's been a game-changer for Kenta and it just keeps the hitters more honest with the change,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “He can throw that pitch and present it as a strike and the bottom falls out. It's been a huge weapon for him.”
It was Maeda's second start since coming off the paternity list and once again he was in control as the Padres had but...

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