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Stauffer, Tejada lead Padres back into first place

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LOS ANGELES -- Miguel Tejada snagged the ball from his 300th career home run, a milestone insignificant to him except that it helped San Diego reclaim first place in the topsy-turvy NL West race.

Tejada's two-run homer gave the Padres a 3-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night and a half-game lead on San Francisco as they returned to the top of the standings for the first time since last Saturday.

Postseason Chase

"I'm pretty happy to do it, especially in the situation that I hit it," Tejada said. "I'm not a home run hitter, I just love to hit the ball hard."

The Giants lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-0. It was the third time the division lead changed hands since the Padres lost at St. Louis to fall out of first on Sept. 16.

Colorado lost 8-4 at Arizona, which dropped the Rockies three games behind the Padres.

"With three teams out there, it's going to be a nail-biter," Padres reliever Heath Bell said.

Tim Stauffer (5-4) allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two. The right-hander made his fourth start since being recalled from the bullpen.

"I'm not doing anything differently, just trying to throw some strikes. I didn't feel quite as sharp, but I made pitches when I needed to," he said. "It's a good team win. Got a couple runs early, a bit of a cushion and we were able to hold them off."

Bell pitched the ninth for his career-high 43rd save in 46 chances. After Bell walked Matt Kemp, the Dodgers had the potential tying run at the plate, but Jay Gibbons and Casey Blake struck out to end the game.

"Heath has a knack of making us hold our breath, but we exhale," Padres manager Bud Black said. "If you ask him, he'd prefer to go 1-2-3."

Ted Lilly (8-12) gave up three runs and eight hits, struck out eight and walked one to lose for the fourth time in his past five starts. The left-hander fell to 5-4 in 10 starts for the Dodgers, who acquired him from the Cubs at the trade deadline.

"It's frustrating when you lose, no matter how it happens. I felt like I made more than one mistake and I got away with them," he said. "It would be a lot easier to forget about some of the mistakes if we were piling up wins. We haven't won many games that I've pitched lately."

The Padres scored three runs in the third. They tied the game at 1 on shortstop Rafael Furcal's throwing error that allowed Chase Headley to score. James Loney, who had trouble handling the short hop, made a bad throw to the plate that allowed David Eckstein to advance to second base.

"That was a tough play," Black said. "The ball was in the hole and Furcal has such a good arm. I've seen him make that play. Loney tried to make the pick and it didn't happen."

Eckstein scored on Tejada's eighth home run of the season, making it 3-1.

"That was a big blow for us," Black said. "Lilly was tough on us. We had the one inning and the big home run. Other than that, he pitched well."

San Diego improved to 10-7 against the Dodgers heading into their final matchup on Thursday. The Padres have won nine of the last 11 against their rivals and six straight.

"As you get closer to the end, it's important you play sound and we did," Black said.

The Dodgers led 1-0 in the second on a fielder's choice groundout by A.J. Ellis that scored Kemp, who doubled to lead off.

That was the extent of their scoring one night after getting shut out 6-0 in the series opener and officially being eliminated from playoff contention.

Los Angeles dropped six games under .500 for the first time since April 29.

"It's tough to look good when you get shut down like this. There's a great deal of frustration," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "They're easily frustrated to a point where they let that frustration take over, instead of the fight for the nine innings, and that's something that certainly shouldn't be."

Notes

  • Former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, who serves as special adviser to owner Frank McCourt, turned 83. "Sweet" Lou Johnson, whose Game 7 home run helped the Dodgers win the 1965 World Series against Minnesota, turned 76.
  • Torre said Lilly, RHP Hiroki Kuroda and LHP Clayton Kershaw would be the starters at Colorado in the three-game series that begins Monday.
  • RHP Cesar Carrillo was claimed off outright waivers by Houston after being designated for assignment by the Padres last Saturday.
  • Bell is one save from tying Mark Davis' 44 saves in 1989 as the most by a Padres reliever other than franchise career leader Trevor Hoffman.
 
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David Eckstein congratulates Miguel Tejada on his 300th home run, a two-run shot that caps San Diego's three-run third inning.  (AP)
David Eckstein congratulates Miguel Tejada on his 300th home run, a two-run shot that caps San Diego's three-run third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

T. Stauffer
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
San Diego

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Cunningham, CF-LF4000024 .296
David Eckstein, 2B4110010 .275
Miguel Tejada, SS4132000 .271
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010001 .306
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000011 .264
    Will Venable, RF0000000 .243
Oscar Salazar, LF3010000 .242
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF1000001 .210
Yorvit Torrealba, C4020010 .278
Chase Headley, 3B3110120 .263
Tim Stauffer, P1000013 .143
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000010 .214
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000000 .227
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3339219  
a-struck out for Stauffer in the 7th
b-grounded out for Adams in the 9th
Batting
2B - Yorvit Torrealba (14, Lilly)
HR - Miguel Tejada (15, Lilly)
SH - Tim Stauffer (2)
RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (66)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (18)
CS - Yorvit Torrealba (4, 2nd base by Broxton/Ellis)
Team LOB - 6
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Stauffer (W,5-4) 6311250 1.95
Luke Gregerson (H,37) 1000000 3.44
Mike Adams (H,34) 1000110 1.79
Heath Bell (S,43) 1000120 1.84
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 95-64, Luke Gregerson 7-5, Mike Adams 19-12, Heath Bell 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 9-4, Luke Gregerson 3-0, Mike Adams 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 23, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS3000100 .297
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000001 .292
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Andre Ethier, RF4020011 .287
James Loney, 1B3000112 .271
Matt Kemp, CF3110111 .250
Jay Gibbons, LF4000012 .294
Casey Blake, 3B3000121 .246
A.J. Ellis, C3001010 .278
Ted Lilly, P2000001 .039
    Kenley Jansen, P00000001.000
   a- Ryan Theriot, PH-2B1000010 .274
Totals3013148  
a-struck out for Jansen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (25, Stauffer)
RBI - A.J. Ellis (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Blake-Carroll-Loney
E - Rafael Furcal (19, Throwing(Headley scores on Furcal's throwing error Eckstein advances t), James Loney (4, Throwing(Headley scores on Furcal's throwing error Eckstein advances t)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ted Lilly (L,8-12) 7833181 3.83
Kenley Jansen 1000000 0.79
Jonathan Broxton 1100010 3.82
IBB - Headley by Ted Lilly
HBP - Ludwick (by Kenley Jansen)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 99-71, Kenley Jansen 13-9, Jonathan Broxton 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-9, Kenley Jansen 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 29, Kenley Jansen 4, Jonathan Broxton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33728
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bill Miller