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Los Angeles at San Diego

L.A. Dodgers
San Diego
W: J. Broxton (1-0) L: C. Park (12-8)
S: D. Sanchez (8)
HR: LA - J. Repko (8)   SD - None

Dodgers 2, Padres 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- If the San Diego Padres truly are excited about going to the playoffs, they sure didn't show it with their bats Saturday night.

As a result, the Padres will go into the playoffs with a dubious distinction -- they'll have the lowest winning percentage for a division winner in a non-strike season.

Edwin Jackson and five relievers combined on a three-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat NL West champion San Diego 2-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Padres' four-game winning streak.

The Padres fell to 81-80. If they beat the Dodgers in Sunday's finale, they'll finish 82-80 (.506). If they lose, they'll be .500.

Since 1969, and excluding strike-shortened years, the previous lowest winning percentage for a division champion was by the 1973 New York Mets, who won the NL East at 82-79 (.509).

"Sure we'd like to win these last two here, but it didn't happen," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We can't be concerned with that, or what's going to be said. It is what it is. We're going to the postseason and we're excited about it."

Even with seven regulars in the lineup, San Diego's offense was back to being anemic.

"These games are tough to judge, because we're trying not to look ahead to Tuesday, but you kind of get that feeling," said Brian Giles, referring to their playoff opener, which will be at either St. Louis or Atlanta.

"It's a mental grind, even when you're done going through the mental grind. It's tough to grind it out."

The only Padres' run came courtesy of starting pitcher Chan Ho Park, who hit an RBI single off Jackson with two outs in the fifth to tie the game at 1. Park's opposite-field hit to right scored Joe Randa, who doubled down the left-field line with one out.

The Padres didn't have a hit after that.

Rookie Jonathan Broxton (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth for his first major league win. Duaner Sanchez pitched the ninth for his eight save in 12 chances.

Park (4-3) was chased after Willy Aybar doubled in the go-ahead run for the Dodgers with one out in the seventh.

Park also allowed Jason Repko's homer leading off the fifth, his eighth.

Jackson left the game with a stiff back after the fifth. He allowed one run and three hits, walked one and had no strikeouts.

"Even though I can out when I did, it was a 1-1 game and we had a chance to win," Jackson said.

"We pitched very well tonight," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "I'm extremely pleased with the way Edwin Jackson performed. The bullpen did an outstanding job."

Park gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out three.


CF Dave Roberts, sidelined for a week with a strained left quad, is expected to play long enough Sunday to get two or three at-bats. Manager Bruce Bochy expects his other regulars to each get a few at-bats. ... Although the Padres don't yet know their divisional-round opponent, they will fly to St. Louis after Sunday afternoon's game and have a workout there on Monday. If Philadelphia forces a playoff for the wild card with Houston and wins, the Padres would then fly to Atlanta. ... Weather reports for both St. Louis and Atlanta are posted in the Padres' clubhouse. ... The Padres took an extra half hour of batting practice Saturday and also worked on bunt defense and pickoffs.

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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Repko
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
San Diego

J. Randa
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 43096
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Paul Emmel