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Padres 3, Dodgers 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres won't be making the wrong kind of history.

The NL West champions guaranteed themselves at least a .500 record by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night behind seven strong innings from Woody Williams.

There's never been a division champion in a non-strike year that's finished with a losing record. The Padres appeared capable of becoming the first the way they struggled earlier in September, but they've won three straight games and are 81-79 with two to play.

"It's not an all-important thing to us, but there is some pride involved," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We certainly didn't want to finish this year going into the postseason under .500 and have that stigma on us. More importantly, we played good baseball."

Since 1969, and excluding strike-shortened years, the 1973 New York Mets own the lowest winning percentage of a division champion by going 82-79 (.509) to win the NL East.

The Padres need to win their final two games to go 83-79 (.512). If they split their last two games, they'll finish 82-80 (.506).

"Does it really matter to us? No," said Robert Fick. "We did what we had to do to win the division. I've been on the best team in baseball going into the playoffs and it doesn't matter."

In 2003, Fick played for the Atlanta Braves, who won 101 games but lost to the Chicago Cubs in the divisional series. The New York Yankees also won 101 games that year.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, fell to 70-90. The last time they had 90 or more losses was 1992, when they lost 99.

Williams (9-12) did his part for the Padres, holding the Dodgers to three hits and one run in seven innings. Jose Cruz Jr. doubled leading off the seventh and advanced on Dioner Navarro's groundout, but Williams struck out Jayson Werth on a checked-swing third strike and then got Jason Repko swinging.

Two starts earlier, Sept. 20 at Colorado, Williams allowed nine runs and nine hits before being chased in the second inning without getting an out. With Williams making the shortest start of his career, the Padres lost 20-1.

"I'm pleased with the way things went tonight," Williams said. "I made a few mistakes and the one guy hit it out of the ballpark, but for the most part, I did what I wanted to do."

Williams will now wait to find out whether he starts Game 2 of the Padres' divisional series, against either St. Louis or Atlanta.

"If they want to give me the ball I'll be ready," he said. "If not, I'll be a cheerleader."

Williams and two relievers combined on a four-hitter. Rudy Seanez pitched a perfect eighth, and Scott Linebrink pitched the ninth for his first save in six chances, and the first of his career.

"It's fun to be the last guy in there, kind of get a chance to taste what Hoffy does every night," said Linebrink, who's normally a setup man for Trevor Hoffman. "To do that is something special, and to have him looking on made it even more special."

The Padres clinched the division Wednesday night, then rested all their regulars on Thursday night.

Six regulars were back in the lineup Friday night, including Brian Giles, who had an RBI single during the three-run third. San Diego had only five hits.

That was the Padres' only hit off Derek Lowe (12-15) that inning. San Diego also had two walks, a hit batsman and a sacrifice fly, and Cruz, the Dodgers' right fielder, committed two errors on one play.

Lowe hit rookie Paul McAnulty leading off the inning, then issued one-out walks to Mark Loretta and Fick to load the bases before Khalil Greene hit a sacrifice fly. Giles singled to right to bring in Loretta. Cruz bobbled the ball to allow Fick to take third, and his throw to third hit Fick and caromed away, allowing the runner to score and make it 3-0.

Oscar Robles homered to right leading off the fourth, his fifth.

"We're struggling to score runs right now, so anything we get is a plus," Robles said. "Unfortunately, tonight, it wasn't enough."

The Dodgers have scored just six runs in losing four straight.

"Tonight's another case of what we've been dealing with the last few days," manager Jim Tracy said. "We pitched well enough to win, but didn't hit well enough to win."

Lowe allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Notes

It was just the second time this season that someone other than Hoffman saved a game for the Padres. Akinori Otsuka also has one save. ... Padres CF Dave Roberts, sidelined since last Saturday night with a strained quad, said he'll try to play on Sunday and get two or three at-bats.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Williams
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
Los Angeles

O. Robles
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Willy Aybar, 3B3000110 .338
Antonio Perez, 2B4000001 .302
Oscar Robles, SS4121000 .272
Olmedo Saenz, 1B4000021 .264
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF3010101 .255
Dioner Navarro, C3010002 .279
Jayson Werth, LF3000013 .237
Jason Repko, CF3000011 .223
Derek Lowe, P2000010 .154
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Myrow, PH1000010 .200
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Totals30141279 
a-struck out for Osoria in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Jr. Cruz (24, Williams)
HR - Oscar Robles (5, Williams)
RBI - Oscar Robles (34)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Jose Jr. Cruz 2 (7, Missed catch, wild throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,12-15) 6.1532320 3.61
Franquelis Osoria 0.2000000 3.94
Duaner Sanchez 1000110 3.78
HBP - McAnulty (by Derek Lowe)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 95-56, Franquelis Osoria 5-3, Duaner Sanchez 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 12-5
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 28, Franquelis Osoria 2, Duaner Sanchez 4
San Diego Padres
Mark Loretta, 2B2100200 .281
Robert Fick, RF3100101 .269
    Ben Johnson, RF0000000 .229
Khalil Greene, SS3011001 .253
Brian Giles, CF4011011 .303
    Damian Jackson, CF0000000 .256
Mark Sweeney, 1B3000111 .293
Ramon Hernandez, C4010001 .291
Joe Randa, 3B4010001 .275
Paul McAnulty, LF2110002 .217
Woody Williams, P2000012 .152
   a- Xavier Nady, PH1000000 .259
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Totals283524310 
a-grounded out for Williams in the 7th
Batting
SF - Khalil Greene (6)
RBI - Khalil Greene (70), Brian Giles (83)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Giles (31)
SB - Paul McAnulty (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Sweeney-Greene
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (W,9-12) 7311241 4.85
Rudy Seanez (H,11) 1000020 2.69
Scott Linebrink (S,1) 1100010 1.83
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 110-67, Rudy Seanez 15-9, Scott Linebrink 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 6-11, Scott Linebrink 1-0
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 26, Rudy Seanez 3, Scott Linebrink 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39328
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Ed Montague