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Dodgers 3, Padres 2

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SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman's sluggish start this season is beginning to look a lot like the end of last year.

Hoffman was charged with his second loss in his last three games, allowing Chin-lung Hu's tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Hoffman, baseball's career leader with 526 saves, also picked up the loss on Tuesday when he blew a save against Houston. He dropped to 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA in four games this season.

Hoffman had two blown saves in three games at the end of last season, including that epic 13-inning loss at Colorado on Oct. 1 in the wild-card tiebreaker game.

"I just have to start doing my job a little better and things will get even better," Hoffman said.

Hu's hit drove in Russell Martin, who led off the ninth with a walk and went to second on a groundout. Martin scored without a throw.

"I took the first pitch and he threw it down the middle," Hu said. "I was looking for (changeup) on the next pitch and I was ready for that."

Jonathan Broxton (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Takashi Saito got three outs for his first save.

"He got inside of the pitch enough to keep it fair," Hoffman said. "It's a game of inches and I wasn't able to get the changeup down where he was going to swing over it."

The Dodgers took two of three from the Padres and continue their first road trip under new manager Joe Torre with three at Arizona starting Monday.

"It's great to come on the road and win a series, especially against a quality opponent," Torre said.

The Dodgers pushed across a run in the seventh to tie it at 2. Andre Ethier led off with a single, stole second and scored on Martin's double that fell between Scott Hairston and Jim Edmonds in left-center field.

Ethier made it 1-0 in the second inning with a leadoff home run against Chris Young. It was only the second homer this season for Los Angeles.

"The pitch to Ethier I didn't locate very well," Young said. "Then in the seventh, he had a tough at-bat and I thought I had him struck out. But he fouled off the ball. He was able to get a hit, you have to give him credit."

Young held the Dodgers to two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, walked three and hit a batter with a pitch.

Derek Lowe pitched six innings for Los Angeles, allowing two runs and five hits. He finished with six strikeouts and one walk.

San Diego tied it in the third, but a base-running blunder by Brian Giles cost the Padres a run.

Giles hit a one-out double and went to third on Tadahito Iguchi's infield single that was knocked down by Hu at second base. But when Giles rounded too far around the base, Hu threw behind him and Giles was tagged out by Blake DeWitt. Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI double to right field.

"I was just trying to knock the ball down," Hu said. "I knew had I no chance at first base, but I saw that (Giles) went too far past third. If I made a good throw, I knew I had him."

Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in the Padres' other run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Notes

The home run Young gave up to Ethier equaled the total number of home runs he allowed last season in 13 starts at spacious Petco Park covering 85 1/3 innings. ... Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa returned after serving a three-game suspension. Bowa was ejected Tuesday night after he ignored warnings from umpire crew chief Ed Montague not to leave the third-base coaching box during a game against San Francisco. Bowa, who had to be restrained by Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer, was suspended because he repeatedly bumped Torre into Montague as he argued. ... Umpire crew chief Tim Tschida missed the game with an inner ear infection.

 
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Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

T. Iguchi
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF4000002 .091
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Kent, PH1000001 .176
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Rafael Furcal, SS3020110 .435
James Loney, 1B4010013 .381
Andruw Jones, CF4000033 .136
Andre Ethier, RF-LF4221001 .273
Russell Martin, C2111210 .095
Blake Dewitt, 3B4000002 .278
Chin-lung Hu, 2B4011021 .333
Derek Lowe, P2000010 .000
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH0000100 .333
    Matt Kemp, PR-RF1000011 .125
Totals33373410  
a-grounded out for Broxton in the 9th
b-walked for Lowe in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (3, C. Young), Russell Martin (1, C. Young)
HR - Andre Ethier (1, C. Young)
RBI - Andre Ethier (3), Russell Martin (3), Chin-lung Hu (1)
SB - Rafael Furcal (1, 2nd base off Bell/Bard), Andre Ethier (1, 2nd base off C. Young/Bard)
PK - James Loney (1, C. Young)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Rafael Furcal (2, Throwing), Russell Martin (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Scott Proctor 0.1000100 0.00
Joe Beimel 0.1000100 0.00
Jonathan Broxton (W,1-0) 1.1100010 0.00
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Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 88-48, Scott Proctor 11-6, Joe Beimel 8-4, Jonathan Broxton 20-13, Takashi Saito 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-5, Scott Proctor 1-0, Takashi Saito 2-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 24, Scott Proctor 2, Joe Beimel 2, Jonathan Broxton 6, Takashi Saito 3
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4010102 .292
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4220002 .321
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3021012 .259
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3001002 .286
Jim Edmonds, CF4010013 .250
Khalil Greene, SS4000023 .286
Scott Hairston, LF3000112 .280
Josh Bard, C3000000 .278
Chris Young, P2000020 .000
   a- Tony Clark, PH0000100 .333
    Callix Crabbe, PR0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
   b- Paul McAnulty, PH1000000 .333
Totals3126237  
a-walked for C. Young in the 7th
b-grounded out for Hoffman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (1, Lowe), Adrian Gonzalez (2, Lowe)
SF - Kevin Kouzmanoff (1)
SH - Josh Bard (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (4), Kevin Kouzmanoff (4)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (1)
SB - Tadahito Iguchi (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
Chris Young 7522381 2.13
Heath Bell 1100010 0.00
Trevor Hoffman (L,0-2) 1111110 12.27
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Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 116-74, Heath Bell 19-12, Trevor Hoffman 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 1-11, Heath Bell 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 28, Heath Bell 4, Trevor Hoffman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44165
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Jim Joyce