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L.A. Dodgers
W: A. Embree (1-0) L: T. Saito (2-2)
S: T. Hoffman (5)
HR: SD - K. Greene (5)   LA - None

Padres post fifth straight win with shutout over Dodgers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Clay Hensley allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings and had nothing to show for it, except a no-decision and four stitches to close a nasty gash on the back of his head.

Khalil Greene hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.

Hensley almost didn't make it out of the second inning. Dodgers rookie Andre Ethier hit a broken-bat grounder to shortstop Greene for the first out, but the barrel of the bat conked Hensley flush on the back of his head after he turned his back to the plate to follow the path of the ground ball.

"It was weird," Hensley said. "I heard the crowd kind of go, 'Ohhhhhhh,' before I actually got hit with the bat. Then after I got smacked, I realized what had happened. I knew the bat was broken, but I didn't know it was going my way. I thought it was going to third base."

The 26-year-old right-hander sank to his knees and rolled over on his back. Trainers worked on Hensley for several moments while Hensley sat upright on the mound. He walked to the dugout under his own power, got bandaged up on the bench during the nine-minute delay and returned to the mound as the crowd of 34,137 applauded the opposing pitcher.

"It was a pretty good gash," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was like fight night at a boxing match. He'd come in, our cut man would patch him up, and we'd send him back out. He had a headache and was still bleeding a little bit. But he had his bearings and everything, so we let him go back out. The trainers were changing bandages every inning to stop the bleeding. It was just a real gutsy effort by him."

After striking out Oscar Robles and retiring Ramon Martinez to complete the inning, Hensley hit a fly ball in the third that center fielder Kenny Lofton caught on the warning track.

"I felt a little woozy, but I also felt like I could still make my pitches," Hensley said. "They told me it was bleeding, but I told them to just patch it up and get back out there and play it by ear."

Hensley threw 77 pitches, striking out three and walking three. Three of his five big league starts have been against the Dodgers, including a 4-2 loss last Saturday at San Diego. Hensley has allowed eight earned runs and 12 hits over 22 2/3 innings in four starts since replacing Dewon Brazelton in the rotation.

Takashi Saito (2-2) entered the game after seven innings of five-hit ball by Dodgers starter Brett Tomko, surrendering a walk to Brian Giles and a single by Mike Piazza. Greene then drove a 2-2 pitch into the left field bullpen with two out for his fifth home run and first since April 11.

Alan Embree (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Padres, who have rebounded after an 8-15 start. Scott Linebrink worked a hitless eighth and Trevor Hoffman got three outs for his fifth save in as many attempts and 441st of his career, 37 behind Lee Smith's major league record.

The Dodgers didn't get through the game unscathed, either. Catcher Dioner Navarro left for a pinch-hitter in the second inning with a bruise on the back of his right wrist, shortly after getting clipped by a foul tip off the bat of Vinny Castilla. Third baseman Bill Mueller, the only Dodgers player to appear in all 29 games, left in the third because of soreness in his right knee.

Tomko struck out nine and walked two in his rematch with Hensley.

"I tweaked a couple of things in the bullpen this week, and it worked. I felt more comfortable with my off-speed stuff," Tomko said. "It would have been a lot nicer if we would have come out with the win."


  • Los Angeles 2B Jeff Kent, who has gone 10 straight games without an extra-base hit, entered the game in the eighth during a double-switch. His next home run with break a tie with Bobby Bonds for 83rd place on the career list.
  • Only one player in the Dodgers' starting lineup -- J.D. Drew -- was on their 25-man roster a year ago on this date. Oscar Robles and Dioner Navarro were still at Triple-A, and the other six were acquired during the offseason.
  • The Padres have won their first two games at Dodger Stadium this season after going 2-7 at Chavez Ravine last year.
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San Diego starter Clay Hensley gets checked after a broken bat hits him in the back of the head.  (AP)
San Diego starter Clay Hensley gets checked after a broken bat hits him in the back of the head. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

B. Tomko
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Dave Roberts, LF5010023 .253
Mike Cameron, CF5010032 .244
Brian Giles, RF3100101 .275
Mike Piazza, C4010011 .222
    Rob Bowen, PR-C0100000 .375
Mark Bellhorn, 1B3010103 .304
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Khalil Greene, SS3113101 .213
Vinny Castilla, 3B4010023 .261
Josh Barfield, 2B4020020 .273
Clay Hensley, P2000010 .125
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1000012 .231
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B1000011 .230
a-struck out for Hensley in the 7th
2B - Josh Barfield (2, Tomko)
3B - Dave Roberts (5, Tomko)
HR - Khalil Greene (5, Saito)
RBI - Khalil Greene 3 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Khalil Greene 3 (5)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
Clay Hensley 6200330 4.28
Alan Embree (W,1-0) 1000020 5.68
Scott Linebrink (H,5) 1000110 3.86
Trevor Hoffman (S,5) 1000010 1.00
WP - Scott Linebrink (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Hensley 77-42, Alan Embree 11-10, Scott Linebrink 21-12, Trevor Hoffman 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Hensley 7-7, Alan Embree 1-0
Batters Faced - Clay Hensley 22, Alan Embree 3, Scott Linebrink 4, Trevor Hoffman 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenny Lofton, CF4000012 .242
Rafael Furcal, SS3000111 .200
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3000100 .256
J.D. Drew, RF3010100 .307
Bill Mueller, 3B1000002 .271
    Sandy Alomar Jr., C3000011 .375
Andre Ethier, LF3000021 .200
Oscar Robles, 2B3000020 .154
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Dioner Navarro, C0000000 .280
   a- Ramon Martinez, PH-3B2000100 .231
Brett Tomko, P2010000 .091
    Jeff Kent, 2B1000001 .181
a-grounded out for Navarro in the 4th
CS - Rafael Furcal (2, 2nd base by Hensley/Piazza)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Robles-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - J.D. Drew (2, Misplayed grounder), Bill Mueller (5, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Tomko 7500290 3.41
Takashi Saito (L,2-2) 1233121 3.68
Jonathan Broxton 1100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 123-76, Takashi Saito 25-15, Jonathan Broxton 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 7-5, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 28, Takashi Saito 6, Jonathan Broxton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34137
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Tim Welke