It had not been the smoothest of seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — for the Dodgers‘ Justin Turner. First he started six weeks late because of a
broken wrist. When he returned ,
his power seemed wanting. Then he strained a groin and was out another 10
days.Only with the arrival of August, Turner has returned to his All-Star form,
and it was clearly on display Sunday when he drove in five runs to lead Los
Angeles to a 7-3 victory and three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.Turner is
hitting .405 in August with five home runs, 19 RBI, 19 runs and 10 doubles.“J.T.
had a huge day,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.“This is the Justin we’ve
seen the last three or four years.”Manny Machado added a two-run homer that put
the Dodgers ahead and gave them their seventh sweep of the season.The Padres
lost their fifth consecutive game and dropped to 27-40 on the road, despite
taking an early 2-0 lead against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1).“They hit better than
us Trevor
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, they played better defense and they pitched better,”
said Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer. “They outplayed us. Sometimes that’s
baseball, but we have to find the identity of our team. Losing three games this
weekend is not where we wanted to be.”The Padres gave left-hander Robbie Erlin
(3-4) the early lead with a solo home run from Franmil Reyes in the second and
Hunter Renfroe’s RBI single in the third.Turner tied it up with a two-run double
in the fifth. Machado added his 31st home run of the season, and his seventh in
35 games with the Dodgers.After a pair of walks and a wild pitch, Turner drove
in two more in the sixth with a single to left off reliever Robert Stock. He
tied his career-high for RBIs with a run-scoring double in the eighth. It’s the
fifth time he’s driven in five runs in one game.“I feel like I’m in a pretty
good spot right now,” Turner said. “I haven’t had any problems with the wrist.
It’s going good and I’m seeing the ball pretty well at the plate.”RYU BACKIn his
third start back since missing over three months with a torn groin, Ryu gave up
11 hits in his 5 2/3 innings Ian Desmond
, but held the Padres to two runs.“I did give up a lot of
hits, but I was able to control the damage,” Ryu said.Said Turner: “That’s what
we’re counting on. We’re glad to have him back in there. He’s been throwing the
ball great. He’s a pitcher. He knows how to pitch. He changes his height,
changes in and out, and has command of four pitches. When you do that, it’s
pretty tough on pitchers. He’s good for us.”PADRES LOSING WOESSan Diego fell to
50-83 on the year, 23½ games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.Renfroe ,
who added a solo homer in the ninth, said it’s been a continually challenging
season.“Baseball is a frustrating game, that’s why it’s the hardest game in the
world,” he said. “We are in a bad stretch right now but we cannot get
frustrated. You have to battle and grind it out everyday. It sucks to lose and
it sucks to have a losing season but we’re having growing pains.”TRAINER’S
ROOMPadres: As he ran from second to third base Saturday night, 3B Wil Myers was
drilled on his side by a Renfroe line drive. Myers was an automatic out, but
remained in the game and started Sunday. The play likely cost the Padres a run
in the eventual 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Dodgers.Dodgers: The Dodgers are off
Monday and when they resume play Tuesday at Texas expect to have both RHP Ross
Stripling (back) and OF Joc Pederson (knee) back. Stripling is expected to join
the bullpen. Pederson did pinch hit Saturday and Sunday David Dahl
, but was held out of the lineup.UP NEXTPadres: After an
off-day Monday, the Padres return home with RHP Jacob Nix (1-2, 6.17) scheduled
to start against the Mariners. In his first three starts, he has a groundout
percentage of 61.0 percent.Dodgers: After their off-day, RHP Walker Buehler
(6-4, 2.96) is scheduled to start Tuesday at Texas. The rookie threw seven
scoreless innings and struck out a career-high nine in his last start against
the Cardinals. The Boston Red Sox haven't been playing their best baseball of
late, but they remain favorites to win the 2018 World Series.OddsShark posted
the latest Fall Classic odds Monday ,
with Boston coming in at +350 (7-2) to win the title. The Red Sox have an
MLB-best 98-46 record and have spent most of the regular season lapping their
competition.The defending champion Houston Astros come in just behind Boston at
+400 (4-1). Those are far and away the two best odds, as the Chicago Cubs are
the National League favorites at +650 (13-2).All it takes is one look at run
differentials to see why Boston and Houston are the favorites. The Astros have
outscored their opponents by an MLB-best 239 runs. The Red Sox are 20 runs
behind that number at 219, and no other team in baseball is better than plus-150
(New York Yankees).The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the NL in run differential and
are +700 (7-1) to win the World Series despite being in danger of missing the
playoffs. The Dodgers are 0.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for first place
in the NL West and would not win a wild-card spot if the season ended today.
They are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card.The
Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks probably represent the best dice-roll odds.
St. Louis is +2600 (26-1) despite being a wild-card team at the moment. The
Diamondbacks are +2200 (22-1) and are only 2.5 games out of first place in the
NL West.The Cardinals and Atlanta Braves have the exact same record (79-64), but
Atlanta is +1200 (12-1) and has only scored 20 more runs this season than St.
Louis.Colorado is probably the worst bet on the board at +1400 (14-1), given the
team has been outscored this season (minus-11 run differential) and feels
likelier to miss the playoffs than make a deep run.
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