SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t quite the statement the Padres had hoped to deliver this weekend. But the statement they made on Sunday afternoon was emphatic, nonetheless. 

The Dodgers took the first two games of this highly anticipated slugfest between the two National League heavyweights — two gut-wrenching San Diego losses, decided by razor-thin margins. The Padres wouldn’t be kept down so easily.

On Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, San Diego punched back. Eric Hosmer hit a tying double in the seventh and a go-ahead single in the eighth, as the Padres rallied from a two-run deficit for a 5-2 victory they desperately needed.

Starting pitcher Blake Snell wasn’t his sharpest in his long-awaited rematch with the Dodgers — the first time he’d faced them since Game 6 of the 2020 World Series with the Rays. But he limited the damage across five innings of two-run ball. Snell kept the Padres in it, and they rallied late.

Hosmer plated Manny Machado with an opposite-field double in the seventh. Then his two-out single in the eighth put the Padres on top. Tommy Pham broke the game open with a two-run double one batter later.