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Blum powers Pads past Dodgers, back into NL West race

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Los Angeles manager Grady Little still had his sense of humor intact after a rough night in which tempers flared, he and starting pitcher Brad Penny were ejected and the Dodgers were swept again by the San Diego Padres.

"The L.A. Dodgers came into San Diego. They beat us three games. We have to get the hell out of town as long as everybody is still safe," Little said after the Padres got back into the NL West race with a 7-2 win to complete a three-game sweep.

Geoff Blum had four hits and three RBI as the Padres pulled within one game of the division-leading Dodgers. Mike Cameron had three hits, including his 19th homer, and 40-year-old Woody Williams threw seven solid innings to win his third straight start.

The Dodgers have lost five of seven games since a 17-1 run vaulted them from last to first.

Little and Penny were ejected during a lengthy argument with plate umpire Rick Reed in the fifth inning.

With the Padres leading 4-2 in the fifth, Adrian Gonzalez walked on a 3-2 pitch to give San Diego runners on first and second with none out. Little came out to the mound to confer with Penny.

Penny said Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent told catcher Russell Martin that the pitch was a strike.

"The umpire said something derogatory to Kent," Penny said. "If he never would have said anything to Kent, it wouldn't have happened."

Reed confirmed that he responded to Kent.

Little turned and walked off the mound to talk to Reed.

"I'm trying to defuse the situation that could have gotten out of hand earlier than it did," Little said. "But it got out of hand anyway, so what are you going to do?"

Little returned to the mound, then went back to the dugout.

San Diego manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue with Reed that Little had made two mound visits.

"He's got to come out of that game. That was my argument," Bochy said. "If he doesn't come out, I have to protest the game."

Reed, however, said afterward that Penny would have to leave after pitching to the next batter.

The four umpires huddled for a few minutes before Reed walked toward the Dodgers' dugout to tell Little he had indeed made two mound visits.

"He understood but he wasn't real happy. He was ejected over that play," Reed said.

Reed went to the mound and handed the ball to Penny. Mixing in some expletives, the big right-hander told Reed: "If you called that a strike, that never would have happened."

Penny was tossed, and had to be pulled away by first base coach Mariano Duncan and bench coach Dave Jauss.

The entire sequence lasted about 15 minutes. San Diego scored twice off reliever Elmer Dessens to take a 6-2 lead, on an RBI single by Josh Bard and an RBI groundout by Mark Bellhorn.

Penny (13-7) walked the bases loaded with two outs in the first and allowed three runs, the first two on Blum's single to right field on a hanging curveball. When the inning ended, Penny said he told Reed: "You called a pitch a ball and you cost me three runs."

"That was the best my fastball has been all year," Penny said. "To give up six runs like that and for it to be controversial makes you more sick than anything."

Said Blum: "For him to hang a breaking ball was a gift."

Dodgers right fielder Julio Lugo was tossed in the fourth for slamming down his helmet after being called out on a close play at first base.

The defending division champion Padres have swept two straight series against the Dodgers and improved to 11-3 against Los Angeles this season, including 11 wins in their last 12 games. The teams will meet for a final time this year in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 15-18. The Padres swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles on July 24-26.

"A week or 10 days ago, I think we couldn't have hit any lower in the bottom of the pit," Williams said. The Padres have won four straight and five of six after starting the homestand by losing four straight to San Francisco.

Blum hit an RBI single in the third.

Williams (7-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none. Penny allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings, struck out five and walked four.

Los Angeles' Wilson Betemit homered leading off the third, his 14th, and rookie Andre Ethier hit an RBI triple in the fourth.

Cameron homered off Giovanni Carrara leading off the eighth.

Notes

Penny is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts against San Diego this year.

 
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The Dodgers' Brad Penny gets tossed after losing his cool on an iffy call made by the home plate ump.  (AP)
The Dodgers' Brad Penny gets tossed after losing his cool on an iffy call made by the home plate ump. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

G. Blum
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
San Diego

M. Cameron
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4010000 .284
Kenny Lofton, CF4110001 .314
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4010000 .325
Jeff Kent, 2B4010002 .266
Andre Ethier, LF4011002 .338
Julio Lugo, RF-DH2000011 .301
    Jason Repko, RF-CF2010011 .262
Wilson Betemit, 3B3111011 .272
Russell Martin, C3000020 .286
Brad Penny, P-DH2000000 .222
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- J.D. Drew, PH-RF1000010 .274
Totals33272068 
a-struck out for Beimel in the 8th
Batting
3B - Andre Ethier (7, Williams)
HR - Wilson Betemit (14, Williams)
RBI - Andre Ethier (52), Wilson Betemit (40)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (23)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Andre Ethier (5, )
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (L,13-7) 4766450 3.95
Elmer Dessens 0.2200110 4.24
Joe Beimel 2.1300010 3.57
Giovanni Carrara 1111001 4.81
IBB - Barfield by Elmer Dessens
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 101-59, Elmer Dessens 26-15, Joe Beimel 32-20, Giovanni Carrara 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 2-4, Elmer Dessens 1-0, Joe Beimel 3-3, Giovanni Carrara 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 22, Elmer Dessens 5, Joe Beimel 10, Giovanni Carrara 4
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF4110115 .306
Mike Cameron, CF5131012 .268
Brian Giles, RF4210111 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4100103 .293
Josh Bard, C4221101 .328
Geoff Blum, SS4043000 .263
Mark Bellhorn, 3B4022011 .192
Josh Barfield, 2B3000112 .275
Woody Williams, P3000023 .132
   a- Ben Johnson, PH1000000 .232
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Totals3671375718 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Williams in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Bard (16, Penny)
HR - Mike Cameron (19, Carrara)
RBI - Mike Cameron (59), Josh Bard (31), Geoff Blum 3 (23), Mark Bellhorn 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Blum 3 (12), Mark Bellhorn (8)
SB - Dave Roberts (37, 2nd base off Penny/Martin)
CS - Mike Cameron 2 (8, 2nd base by Penny/Martin, 2nd base by Beimel/Martin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barfield-Blum-Gonzalez
E - Mark Bellhorn (6, )
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (W,7-4) 7522041 3.60
Doug Brocail 1100010 4.79
Cla Meredith 1100010 1.01
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 99-67, Doug Brocail 15-10, Cla Meredith 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 6-10, Doug Brocail 2-0, Cla Meredith 1-1
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 25, Doug Brocail 4, Cla Meredith 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36613
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Laz Diaz