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Padres blank listless Dodgers; L.A.'s magic number stays at 1

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SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers need another victory or a Colorado Rockies loss to clinch the NL West title. That final step is proving to be a tricky one.

Los Angeles matched its season high with its fourth consecutive loss Wednesday night, managing only one hit in a 5-0 loss to Clayton Richard and the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers failed once again to secure its second successive division title for the first time since 1977-78. They beat Pittsburgh 8-4 on Saturday night to wrap up a playoff berth.

  Playoff Race | Rockies 10, Brewers 6

"There's really not a lot to be said," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. "It's an interesting situation because we haven't clinched the division but we're still going to the playoffs. We certainly don't want to finish the season on a bum note because momentum-wise it doesn't help you in the postseason."

The Dodgers' lead was trimmed to 2½ games by Colorado, which beat Milwaukee 10-6 and now controls its destiny. The Rockies host the Brewers on Thursday before finishing the season with three games against the Dodgers in Southern California.

Los Angeles' lead for the home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs was cut to a half-game on Philadelphia, which beat Houston 10-3 to clinch the East title.

"You want to win the division, absolutely," pitcher Jon Garland said. "It means a lot to everyone on the team, the organization, fans. But it doesn't matter if we have home field or not because you have to win on the road. If you can't win on the road, you're not going to be successful."

The Dodgers had a six-game lead with seven games remaining after winning on Saturday. Los Angeles has dropped six of eight overall, all on the road to sub-.500 teams.

"We'll be OK," Matt Kemp said. "As soon as we win a game, all the talk will be over and we can get ready for the playoffs. We control what happens to us."

Kemp's first-inning single was the only hit against the trio of Richard (5-2), Mike Adams and rookie Luke Gregerson. Five of San Diego's eight shutouts have come in September.

Richard, a rookie left-hander acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the Jake Peavy trade, walked three, struck out two and allowed only one runner to reach second.

"You never want anyone celebrating on your home field," Richard said. "I know we're not in position to celebrate, but we wanted to postpone their party."

Los Angeles has had champagne on ice since Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Unable to wrap up the division to this point, the Dodgers could clinch on their day off if the Rockies lose to the Brewers.

"We'll take a day off, which we need, get home and loosen up a little bit," Garland said. "We'll be fine."

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a three-run homer for San Diego, which has gone 10-4 in September against NL West playoff contenders Los Angeles, Colorado and San Francisco.

"We talked about playing contending teams tough," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's a measuring stick."

The Dodgers (93-66), who are in the playoffs for the third time in four seasons, have scored one run or fewer four times in their past six games.

Kouzmanoff hit his 18th home run off Garland (11-13) in the third inning to put the Padres ahead 4-0.

Rookie Everth Cabrera scored a run on a bizarre play in the fourth. Third baseman Mark Loretta collided with Cabrera in a rundown. As Loretta fell to the turf, he grabbed Cabrera's leg while the rookie was attempting to get back to third. Loretta was charged with an error and Cabrera was awarded home on the obstruction call.

Garland allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • When asked if the club will celebrate Friday if the Rockies lose Thursday, Torre said: "Yeah, I'm not going to invite everybody over to my house."
  • San Diego has thrown three combined one-hitters this season and has 23 one-hitters in its history. The Padres are one of four clubs who have never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter.
  • Torre said LHP Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday against Colorado.
  • Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda reported a stiff neck after running on Tuesday.
  • Los Angeles 3B Casey Blake (strained left hamstring) missed his eighth consecutive game and Ronnie Belliard (groin) sat out his second successive game.
 
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The frustration shows on Manny Ramirez's face. L.A. is held hitless in the final 8 1/3 innings.  (US Presswire)
The frustration shows on Manny Ramirez's face. L.A. is held hitless in the final 8 1/3 innings. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Richard
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3000111 .267
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000012 .285
Manny Ramirez, LF2000221 .294
Matt Kemp, CF3010101 .301
James Loney, 1B4000013 .283
Mark Loretta, 3B3000000 .228
Andre Ethier, RF2000100 .271
Russell Martin, C3000001 .250
Jon Garland, P1000010 .086
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .200
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .333
   a- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .305
    Vicente Padilla, P0000000 .154
   b- Jim Thome, PH1000011 .247
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .231
Totals2701057  
a-grounded out for Mota in the 6th
b-struck out for Padilla in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Hudson-Loney, Martin-Furcal
PB - Russell Martin (3)
E - Mark Loretta (2, Interference)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jon Garland (L,11-13) 3.1754141 4.01
Scott Elbert 1000210 4.66
Guillermo Mota 0.2100110 3.50
Vicente Padilla 2000120 4.55
Jeff Weaver 1100120 3.65
IBB - Cabrera by Guillermo Mota
WP - Scott Elbert (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 67-41, Scott Elbert 26-13, Guillermo Mota 17-10, Vicente Padilla 26-14, Jeff Weaver 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 2-4, Scott Elbert 2-0, Vicente Padilla 1-2, Jeff Weaver 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 18, Scott Elbert 5, Guillermo Mota 4, Vicente Padilla 6, Jeff Weaver 5
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4110113 .269
David Eckstein, 2B4110123 .262
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2000211 .274
Chase Headley, LF4121001 .264
Will Venable, RF4000023 .263
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4113002 .257
Nick Hundley, C4030010 .246
Everth Cabrera, SS3110112 .259
Clayton Richard, P3000024 .087
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH0000100 .219
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Totals32594610  
a-walked (passed ball) for Adams in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Hundley (15, Garland)
3B - Everth Cabrera (8, Garland)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (18, Garland)
RBI - Chase Headley (63), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (88)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (41)
SB - Nick Hundley (5, 2nd base off Mota/Martin), Everth Cabrera (25, 2nd base off Weaver/Martin)
CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (7, 2nd base by Padilla/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Cabrera-Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - Everth Cabrera (21, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard (W,9-5) 7100320 4.41
Mike Adams 1000120 0.77
Luke Gregerson 1000130 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 103-59, Mike Adams 22-12, Luke Gregerson 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 12-6
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 24, Mike Adams 4, Luke Gregerson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25469
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Greg Gibson