SAN DIEGO — Trent Grisham was not around when the Padres and the Dodgers last dueled in September for a division title. He did not yet exist. Back then, a rivalry did.

That fall, the Padres rolled into October after a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. The final win decisively broke a tie in the standings. The Padres ended the 1996 regular season a game ahead of the Dodgers in first place. Grisham was born a month later.

On Monday at Petco Park, the 23-year-old supplied more evidence that an old feud is resurfacing. Grisham did it with his actions, which delighted the Padres and rankled the Dodgers, who fired back with words, both during and after a breakthrough sixth inning. Then, in the seventh, the Padres broke the game open.

In the end, these were the inarguable facts: The Padres beat the Dodgers 7-2. San Diego, which has won eight consecutive games for the first time since 2012, pulled to within 1 1/2 games of Los Angeles. The season series has…



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