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Martin draws walk in ninth to push Dodgers past Padres

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LOS ANGELES -- Russell Martin didn't need a hit to get the game-winning RBI, which was good for the Los Angeles Dodgers because he's been in quite a slump.

Martin was in a 2-for-23 funk when Duaner Sanchez walked him with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. The Dodgers' two-time All-Star catcher is batting .198 in 21 games with just 12 RBI.

"He's fighting it right now," manager Joe Torre said. "I just think that maybe he has too many things going on in his mind on the mechanical part of it. He's frustrated by his hitting, but the catching part has really taken up most of his time. I mean, he's already here when I get here -- sitting in the video room with the pitchers, doing a lot of things that didn't go on last year. And it's paying off for us as a team. I know that."

The defending NL West champions are 8-0 at home for the first time since 1947, when the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first eight games at Ebbets Field. The year before, they set a franchise record by winning their first nine games on Bedford Avenue.

Jake Peavy, who came in 13-2 lifetime against the Dodgers with a 2.39 ERA, allowed just two hits and a walk over eight innings before Sanchez (1-1) gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Rafael Furcal. Orlando Hudson bunted into a force play, then advanced on a wild pitch to Manny Ramirez.

Sanchez walked Ramirez intentionally, then struck out James Loney before loading the bases with a walk to Matt Kemp. Martin fouled off several two-strike pitches before the 3-2 pitch.

"It might not have been pretty, but I'll take it," Martin said. "At 3-2, the hitter has the advantage because the pitcher has to throw a strike. I just tried to battle on every pitch."

Jonathan Broxton (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning for the win.

Peavy had eight strikeouts in his longest outing at Dodger Stadium. The two-time All-Star was coming off consecutive losses against San Francisco and Pittsburgh, giving up 11 earned runs over 11 innings.

"Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong side of the score tonight. But I've pitched in tight ballgames my whole career, so it's nothing new to me," the 2007 NL Cy Young winner said. "These are tough to swallow. We needed this one, against a team that we're trying to show we're as good as."

Torre again had his starting pitcher bat eighth in the lineup ahead of center fielder Juan Pierre, two nights after employing that same formula for the first time in 28 seasons as a big league manager. Pierre was 1-for-3 with a two-out single in the third -- the Dodgers' only hit until Hudson singled with two out in the sixth.

Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' 21-year-old left-hander, matched zeros with Peavy through seven innings and allowed four hits before giving way to Ronald Belisario after 99 pitches.

In his previous two outings, both on the road, Kershaw gave up 15 runs over nine innings of work in losses to Houston and Colorado. This effort was a much-needed shot in the arm for the Dodgers' overworked bullpen, after starters Eric Stults and rookie James McDonald lasted a combined 4 1/3 innings over the previous two games.

"As well as Peavy was pitching, it forced me to concentrate and make quality pitches just to compete with him," Kershaw said.

The Padres got a runner as far as second base three times against Kershaw, including the fourth and fifth innings, when Scott Hairston and Kevin Kouzmanoff led off with doubles.

"We can't buy a win right now," Padres second baseman David Eckstein said after the Padres' ninth loss in 11 games. "When you've got a guy like Peavy going out there and pitching like that for you, you've got to find a way to score some runs -- because we're a club that can't waste that type of performance."

Notes

  • This is the Padres 14th 1-0 loss to the Dodgers all-time and ninth at Chavez Ravine. The last one was Sept. 27, 2002 at Los Angeles.
  • Gonzalez was 0-for-4, ending his 12-game hitting streak. He was hitless in three at-bats against Kershaw and is 2-for-13 lifetime against him.
 
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The Dodgers form a posse to welcome Russell Martin after he guts out the winning walk. (US Presswire)
The Dodgers form a posse to welcome Russell Martin after he guts out the winning walk. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
 

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San Diego Padres
David Eckstein, 2B4000000 .284
Brian Giles, RF3000100 .157
Scott Hairston, CF3010010 .386
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000112 .321
Chase Headley, LF4010004 .264
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3010111 .247
Henry Blanco, C4010013 .179
Chris Burke, SS3000003 .200
   a- Jody Gerut, PH1000010 .246
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Jake Peavy, P3000011 .000
    Luis Rodriguez, SS0000000 .245
Totals3104036  
a-struck out for Burke in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scott Hairston (5, Kershaw), Kevin Kouzmanoff (3, Kershaw)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy 8200180 4.58
Duaner Sanchez (L,1-1) 0.2111310 6.75
IBB - Ramirez by Duaner Sanchez
WP - Duaner Sanchez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 115-79, Duaner Sanchez 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-10, Duaner Sanchez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 27, Duaner Sanchez 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4010011 .250
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110001 .333
Manny Ramirez, LF2000221 .363
James Loney, 1B4000013 .298
Matt Kemp, RF-CF3000131 .313
Russell Martin, C3001100 .198
Casey Blake, 3B3000010 .234
Clayton Kershaw, P2000010 .111
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-RF1000000 .302
Juan Pierre, CF3010000 .391
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals2913149  
a-flied out for Ohman in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Russell Martin (12)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (8)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Blake-Hudson-Loney
E - Rafael Furcal (5, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 7400230 5.46
Ronald Belisario 0.1000100 3.38
Will Ohman 0.2000010 4.15
Jonathan Broxton (W,3-0) 1000020 0.75
HBP - Hairston (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 99-61, Ronald Belisario 13-6, Will Ohman 7-5, Jonathan Broxton 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 10-8, Will Ohman 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 27, Ronald Belisario 3, Will Ohman 2, Jonathan Broxton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 47210
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Wegner