The two No. 1 teams will face off in a two-game series that begins Tuesday when the Minnesota Twins visit the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers hit a season-best eight straight wins, going 30-5 since the loss on June 28. , Los Angeles is 15 1/2 games behind his second-place San Diego.
Los Angeles overtook the New York Yankees to hold the best record in the majors at 75-33.
"We treated [the Padres] like we would any other series, coming in here and playing baseball that we've been playing for two months," said Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers. Sunday's RBI singles he won 4-0. "No matter who we play against, we're going to play our game. And our game is pretty good."
The Twins lead the American League Central. The Cleveland Guardians are one game behind and the Chicago White Sox are two games behind. However, Minnesota has a lower winning percentage than the Padres with his 57-51 record.
The Dodgers and Twins meet for the second time this season. His April series for the team was best known for being left out of the finale after Clayton Kershaw pitched his seven perfect innings on his debut of the season. The Los Angeles bullpen squandered bids in history, but the Dodgers won both contests.
The Dodgers will send lefty Julio Urias (11-6, 2.57 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. After a slow start to the season, Urias has been active in his last nine games going back to June 18, going 8-0 with an ERA of 2.28. Los Angeles on Sunday saw ninth hitter Cody hit his two homers off Bellinger, and Freeman increased his major league-leading hit total to 136. His No. 2 hitter for the Dodgers, Trea Turner, was second with 134 hits, while leader Mookie Betts scored five in the series against the Padres and was second in baseball with 79 hits.
The Twins enter the series with a head start after his 10 plays at home at his plate were overturned in Sunday's replay, ultimately losing the contest.
Minnesota catcher Gary Sanchez was ruled to have illegally blocked the plate despite making a successful tag on Whit Merrifield of the Toronto Blue Jays. were allowed to score, the margin that Minnesota lost 3–2.
"It's not an embarrassment for our game, for all the players on both sides of the field. We've been working (rear end) off the whole game," he said. Twins said. Sent off manager Rocco Baldelli. "That's totally unacceptable. …
'This was one of the worst moments for a umpire in any baseball game I've ever attended, and I think it's pathetic.'"
The Twins split a four-game series against the Blue Jays and won 4-3 in a homestand that included a set against the Detroit Tigers.
The Twins are expected to send right-hander Joe Ryan (8-4, 3.67 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. After being crushed by the Padres on July 29 and giving up 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings, Ryan rebounded against the Tigers on Wednesday, having just one run in five innings and striking out nine.
Ryan, who has never played against the Dodgers, has given up two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six appearances.
– Field Level Media