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Pederson leads Dodgers to 9-4 victory over Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Joc Pederson doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Dodgers remained two games behind the Washington Nationals with three to play in the race for home-field advantage in their division series matchup.

Rookie left-hander Julio Urias went three scoreless innings in his first start since Sept. 13, allowing one hit while striking out five and walking two. Brett Anderson (1-2) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory.

Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich (5-12) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked one.