Maeda strikes out 12, drives in 2 to carry L.A.

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Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Kenta Maeda dominated on the mound and helped himself at the plate.

The right-hander struck out 12 batters and drove in both runs in leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

“It’s hard to imagine him being any better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It was really, really fun to watch. He was great all night long.”

Los Angeles wrapped up a 7-2 homestand, with four of the wins being shutouts.

Maeda gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings and reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time in the majors. He finished one short of his career high for K’s set in 2016 against San Diego.

“I was able to mix everything up tonight,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “I did have the conviction and attacked the strike zone while keeping my pitch count to a minimum.”

Maeda (5-2) had the key hit of the game, too, with a two-out, two-run bloop single to right field in the second. He became the first Dodgers pitcher to have two hits and two RBIs in a game since Zack Greinke

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