SAN DIEGO -- Brett Tomko pitched seven strong innings to end his recent woes against his former club and the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the run-starved San Diego Padres their fifth straight loss, 4-2, on Saturday night.
J.D. Drew had a RBI single and prevented a run from scoring with a standout catch, and Nomar Garciaparra hit a solo homer and added a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers.
Tomko (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings against the Padres, who have scored only five runs during their losing streak. A member of the San Diego staff in 2002, Tomko allowed 12 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings over three starts against the Padres last season, going 0-1.
Drew's RBI single was the only hit in the two-run rally that put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 in the sixth. With that, he also extended his streak of reaching base safely to 33 games, dating to June 16, and took his hitting streak to 11 games.
To start the inning, the Padres' Clay Hensley (1-2) issued back-to-back walks to Rafael Furcal and Kenny Lofton. Drew then singled and Jeff Kent followed with a sacrifice fly.
Hensley allowed three runs on three hits over seven innings in his longest appearance in four career starts. His previous best was 5 1/3 innings in his last outing Sunday, a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets -- also the Padres' last win.
Takashi Saito pitched the eighth and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his eighth save in nine opportunities.
The Dodgers set down the last 15 San Diego batters in a row.
In the fourth, the Padres took the lead for the first time in five games when they moved head 2-1 with a two-run rally that included a RBI triple by Mark Bellhorn, batting cleanup in a revised lineup.
Mike Cameron broke a 0-for-13 slump with a one-out single and scored on Bellhorn's triple to the right-field fence. Adrian Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly.
Drew made a running catch of a drive in right-center field for the final out in the fifth to deny Brian Giles an RBI extra-base hit.
The Dodgers opened the scoring when Garciaparra hit a solo shot for his second homer of the season with two out in the fourth. Into the night, he was a 2-for-15 slump on the road trip, but that did include a grand slam at Houston on Monday.
Garciaparra hit his sacrifice fly in the eighth off Scott Linebrink.
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne did well tossing the ball in the start of a throwing program in his recovery from right elbow surgery on April 1, said manager Grady Little, who witnessed the workout along with general manager Ned Colletti. The Dodgers plan to bring Gagne back gradually, Little noted. ... In his only two other starts, Bellhorn batted in the eighth spot. Also, Giles moved from third in the order to second. ... With a first-inning single, Giles ended a streak of 20 straight Padres batters retired. ... Padres LHP Shawn Estes is scheduled to begin rehabilitation on Thursday from a strained left elbow suffered on April 6.