Padres pounded by Bellinger, lose 8-2 to Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw reacts after a called ball by umpire Toby Basner while throwing to San Diego Padres' Wil Myers in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 6, 2017, in San Diego.

Keep Kershaw in mind, the best pitcher in baseball right now, how much longer does this dominance last? He also had two homers on April 29 in a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It's incredible", Kershaw said of Bellinger's big-league splash.

"When you a see a young player coming, everyone has an expectation of how it's going to play out", manager Dave Roberts said.

"I was trying to go down and away with my sinker", Chacin said.

The Dodgers gave Kershaw the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, and tacked on two more when Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run double with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth.

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He followed that by holding the Padres to three hits over five innings, striking out eight again (including six consecutive batters at one point).

Toles tried once to put a bunt down with runners at first and second in the seventh inning with the Dodgers trailing by one and Corey Seager and Justin Turner lined up behind him.

Bellinger capped a five-run ninth against Padres reliever Miguel Diaz with a grand slam - the first of his career and his third home run in two games against the Padres.

Josh Fields threw 1 1/3 innings for his first save.

"I thought he battled really well today", Padres manager Andy Green said.

But Cory Spangenberg led off the fourth with a double and scored on Ryan Schimpf's single to tie it at 1.

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With Gonzalez on the DL, Bellinger could carve out a regular role, whether it be in the outfield or a platoon situation with Gonzalez even after he returns from injury. He struck out five.

Dodgers: Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 14-year big league career, with right elbow soreness.

To take Gonzalez's roster spot, the Dodgers reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson, who had been sidelined with a right groin strain.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.29 ERA) earned the only victory for San Diego in a season-opening, four-game series at Dodger Stadium, winning 4-0 on April 4.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 2.61 ERA) had his start moved up from Sunday after RHP Brandon McCarthy tweaked his left shoulder in the weight room.

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