Betts makes diving grab as Dodgers beat Padres 2-0

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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor throws to first for the double play as San Diego Padres' Manny Machado (13) slides in late to second during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in San Diego. Wil Myers was out at first. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO – Mookie Betts made an outstanding diving catch and Clayton Kershaw starred on the mound and at the plate, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers top the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Saturday night in another compelling thriller between the NL West rivals.

Kershaw (3-1) struck out eight while working six innings of three-hit ball. He also drew a bases-loaded walk against Yu Darvish (1-1) in the fifth, leading Los Angeles to its eighth straight win.

“We knew that this was going to be an emotionally intense (series) obviously coming here,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It certainly lived up to the billing.”

Even with Kershaw's stellar performance, the matchup wasn't decided until Betts turned in another memorable play for the final out.

With runners on second and third, Tommy Pham hit a sinking liner to center that looked as if it was going to tie the game. But Betts got over for a terrific diving grab, and then pounded on his chest in celebration.

“It takes an elite defender in center to make that play. A lot of things have got to line up,” Roberts said. “There are just a handful of guys that probably could have made that play. It just speaks to that is why he is arguably the best all-around player in baseball.”

Justin Turner, who homered in the ninth for Los Angeles, said Betts saved the game for the World Series champions.

“He is a guy who can change the game and impact the game in so many different ways," Turner said.