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Kenley Jansen and Dodgers are burned by Melvin Upton's ninth-inning homer

Kenley Jansen and Dodgers are burned by Melvin Upton's ninth-inning homer

The last pillar of the Dodgers bullpen, the lone reliable man in this tinderbox assembled by the team's president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, crumbled at 11:07 p.m. on Friday. That was the moment Kenley Jensen yielded a walk-off, two-run home run to Padres outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr., to usher the Dodgers toward a stunning, 7-6 defeat.

Manager Dave Roberts had called upon Jansen to collect a four-out save, a common task for him during this season. Jansen handled the first out with ease. But after a bloop single to open the ninth, Upton walloped a 92-mph cutter for Jansen’s first blown save of the season.

The loss felt crushing after the roller-coaster...

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