Offense A No-Show Again; Dodgers Lose In Ninth While Saving Broxton

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Ninth Inning Single Gives Padres Win Over Dodgers

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres posted a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles in the rubber match of a three-game series at Petco Park.

George Sherrill (1-2) came on to pitch the ninth for the Dodgers, and Scott Hairston greeted him with a single to left field. Tony Gwynn Jr. sacrificed the runner to second, and Salazar followed by delivering a grounder up the middle to plate the decisive run.

Salazar’s heroics made a winner out of Heath Bell (5-0), who tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.

Chase Headley and Yorvit Torrealba both knocked in a run for the NL West- leading Padres, who acquired former AL MVP Miguel Tejada from Baltimore before the game. Mat Latos earned a no-decision after giving up two runs — one earned — on two hits and three walks in five innings of work. He fanned seven.

James Loney homered for the Dodgers, while starter Vicente Padilla allowed two runs on four hits over four innings.

The Padres grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring single by Headley, but Loney’s eighth home run of the season tied the game in the second.

San Diego regained the lead in the fourth when Headley walked to begin the inning and came home on a double by Torrealba.

Latos, though, ran into trouble in the fifth, walking two of the first three batters. Pinch-hitter Garret Anderson then singled to left field, and Jamey Carroll was able to score the tying run after Hairston misplayed the ball.

Torrealba extended his hitting streak to 12 games…San Diego improved to 32-20 at home…Adrian Gonzalez had two hits for the Padres…Los Angeles was limited to three hits in the game.

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Padres Acquire Miguel Tejada From Orioles

Although it won’t affect today’s game, the Padres made a move today in attempt to bolster their offense, by acquiring Miguel Tejada of the Baltimore Orioles. Per Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse:

The Padres have acquired SS Miguel Tejada from the Orioles. Double-A RHP Wynn Pelzer will go to Baltimore.

The deal is pending league approval, which usually means cash is exchanging hands. Per Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun:

We believe there is a pitcher coming back to the Orioles as well as salary relief in a Tejada deal to the #Padres

The 36-year old Miguel Tejada has struggled this season with Baltimore, hitting .269/.308/.362.

Pelzer was the seventh-ranked Padres prospect heading into the season by Baseball America.

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Chad Billingsley To Start On Three Days Rest Saturday

The Dodgers announced today that Chad Billingsley would get the start in San Francisco on Saturday, on three days rest. The club was previously considering in-house candidates, which as of now really only boils down to John Ely, currently in Triple A, for the Saturday start. But Billingsley, who turned 26 today, had a relatively short outing Tuesday, throwing 84 pitches in his six scoreless innings. He was pinch hit for in the top of the seventh of a scoreless tie.

Billingsley has never had three days rest in between starts, but he did make a start once three days after a relief appearance. On April 8, 2008 in Arizona, three days after two scoreless innings in relief of Hiroki Kuroda, Billingsley lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing five runs.

Two pitchers the Dodgers are rumored to be interested in were also not likely to pitch Saturday, as Ted Lilly of the Cubs is scheduled for Sunday, and Paul Maholm of the Pirates started today.

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Today's Dodgers-Padres Lineups; Taschner Designated For Assignment

Before the game today, the Dodgers designated reliever Jack Taschner for assignment to make room for the newly acquired Scott Podsednik. Taschner retired one of the six batters he faced as a Dodger.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers
Podsednik CF
Furcal SS
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Paul LF
Carroll 3B
DeWitt 2B
Ausmus C
Padilla P

Padres
J. Hairston 2B
Denorfia RF
Gonzalez 1B
Headley 3B
Torrealba C
S. Hairston LF
Gwynn CF
Cabrera SS
Latos P

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Dodgers Seek Series Win On Getaway Day In San Diego

(Sports Network) - Mat Latos attempts to win his seventh straight decision this evening, when the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers close out a three-game series at Petco Park.

Latos, who had recently been sidelined with a strained left oblique brought on by a sneeze, has won his last six decisions and is 11-4 with a 2.48 earned run average on the year. He returned from the disabled list to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, holding them to two runs and seven hits in six innings.

"I thought he threw the ball well from the first inning on," Padres manager Bud Black said of Latos in his return. "Hopefully he'll do what he's done all year."

Latos has allowed just three runs over his last five starts and has also allowed two runs or less in 13 of his last 14 outings. He lost to the Dodgers in his only career start against them, which took place last season.

San Diego evened this series at a game apiece on Wednesday, as Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in three runs and Clayton Richard was solid in six innings on the mound, helping the Padres to a 6-1 win.

Richard (8-5) gave up one run on four hits for the Padres, who bounced back from a 2-0 loss in the opener of this series. He also struck out six and walked one.

Chris Denorfia, Nick Hundley, and Adrian Gonzalez each had an RBI for NL West- leading San Diego, which has won four of five.

"We really don't put that much pressure on ourselves," Hairston said. "We just got out and have fun. Maybe this team doesn't know any better, but that's a good thing."

Jamey Carroll knocked in the lone run for the Dodgers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Hiroki Kuroda (8-9) went six-plus frames in the start, giving up three runs on four hits to take the loss. He also fanned five batters and walked two.

"He had good stuff today. We just couldn't get a win for him," Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said of Kuroda afterward.

Getting the call for the Dodgers tonight will be righty Vicente Padilla, who is 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA. Padilla did not get a decision on Friday against the New York Mets, but allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits in seven innings of his team's 6-1 loss.

Padilla has faced the Padres 16 times (seven starts) and is 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA.

Los Angeles has won five of seven over the Padres this year, including a three-game sweep at Petco Park from May 14-16.

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