By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Max Scherzer got his 3,000th strike of his career and took a perfect game into the eighth inning when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Scherzer withdrew his first 22 strokes before Eric Hosmer doubled to the deep right with an out on eighth. The crowd of 42,637 greeted Scherzer with standing ovations after he finished the round.
The 37-year-old All-Star reached 3,000 career goals in the fifth when Hosmer went down and swung.
Scherzer hit nine in total on 92 courses. The three-time winner of the Cy Young Award threw an impeccable round in the second with three strikeouts on nine courses.
The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
In a big battle, San Diego starter Blake Snell left after 11 lanes with a left adductor injury. Padres used seven pitchers in the emergency bullpen game.
Corey Seager and Mookie Betts beat solo homers, and Justin Turner added a three-round blast in the seventh to support Scherzer (14-4).
Seager went deep with two outs in the fourth by Dinelson Lamet (2-4). Betts followed in the fifth with a shot to the left of Pierce Johnson.
Turner’s homer outside Emilio Pagán came with two outs on the seventh. Max Muncy added a run on his RBI double in the right field corner.
Padres did not come close to getting a hit before Hosmer’s double. They had four ground balls through 7 1/3 innings. For the most part, they appeared or struck.
Padres relief Austin Adams struck three strokes on the eighth, giving him 23 hits this season to tie the knot to the live ball time set by Detroit’s Howard Ehmke in 1922.
Adams beat Betts with the bases loaded to bring in Will Smith, who was hit in front of the lead. Muncys sacrificial fly made it 8-0. Adams then almost hit Trea Turner, who went down into a pile and pulled long-standing bucks from the crowd. He joined Trea Turner to reload the bases before Justin Turner flew out to end the inning.
Scherzer received help with solid defense from his outfielders who made catches under the challenging dueling conditions of a piercing sun and cloudless sky.
In the sixth, catcher Smith chased a popup by Austin Nola into ugly territory and made the catch near the circle on deck, barely missing stepping on a runner mouse.
Scherzer has two careers without hits – both in 2015. He completed 8 2/3 perfect innings in the first before Pirates batsman Jose Tábata appeared to lean onto a court, but was still awarded first base.
Dodgers closer to Kenley Jansen was placed on the paternity list hours after his wife gave birth to a girl. Jansen said on Twitter that Key’Gia Keziah Jansen arrived on Sunday morning, weighing 7 pounds, 14 grams. He described her as “beyond beautiful.” Jansen converted his 11th brilliant save on Saturday night and has a total of 32. Jansen is expected back with the team on Tuesday.
Dodgers: INF-OF Chris Taylor was off for the second day in a row due to a neck injury that impedes his swing and running ability. He shows “little improvement”, according to manager Dave Roberts. The team is taking a step further to the injury list while hoping his condition improves.
Padres: Had not announced a starter kit for Monday’s game in San Francisco.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-7, 3.39 ERA) will be activated from IL on Monday to face Arizona in its first start since July 3 in Washington. He has been out with inflammation in his left forearm.
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