By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

A few weeks ago the San Fransisco Giants had a five game lead over Los Angeles in the N.L. West. L.A. then caught fire and reeled off eight straight.  

However, “The hated ones” kept pace and the lead is only three games at press time.  

The team traveled to San Diego for a three-game set with the Padres. 

Will Smith got the Dodgers on the board first as he ripped a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence for a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers went on to defeat the Padres 5-0. 

In the bottom of the 4th Pollack playing left with a runner on first the Gold Glover  tracked down a shot to left off the bat of Manny Machado he leaped and battled some fans for the ball and came down with it in the web pulled it from the stands to rob the All-Star of a homer. 

“The last time I tried to rob a home I embarrassed myself.” said Pollock. “I just tried to time it right.”  

Justin Turner singled with one out in the seventh, he went to third on a hustling double to right centerfield by Corey Seager. 

Jose Urias (14-3) got the going five giving up just one hit and striking out four. Phil Bickford had a 1,2,3, sixth inning. 

Alex Vesia had a scoreless seventh inning. The San Diego native felt good to be home,” said Vesia. 

“This means so much more to me, I’m speechless.” 

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and got the save, his fifth in his last five appearances. 

The win was the 14th in the last 16 games for the “Men in Blue. 

DODGER NOTES: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw a light session while the team was in San Diego, He felt no discomfort. He is scheduled to return to action in September. Mookie Betts hit two homers in a simulated game this week and “Felt good coming out of it.”