LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Tony Gwynn #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after he is thrown out at second base to start a double play during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Nothing Goes Right For Dodgers In Sunday Loss To Padres

The Dodgers scored five runs in three games against the Padres over the weekend.

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Andre Ethier Extends Hitting Streak To 27 Games, But Dodgers Get Blasted By Padres, 7-0

Andre Ethier extended his career-high hitting streak to 27 games on Sunday, but that was the lone highlight for the Dodgers, who dropped their series finale to the Padres 7-0 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers, who had trouble scoring all weekend, managed just three hits in seven innings off Dustin Moseley, who picked up his first win of the season for San Diego. The Dodgers were shutout for the third time this season.

Ethier got his hit on an infield hit in the seventh inning, a hard grounder to Brad Hawpe at first base. Hawpe knocked down the ball while diving toward the foul line, but couldn't make a play on Ethier. The streak is the second longest by a Dodger since they moved to Los Angeles. Ethier tied Duke Snider (1953) and Joe Medwick (1942) for the third longest streak by a Dodger, including their Brooklyn days.

The Dodgers scored just five runs in three games against the Padres over the weekend, and were really just a Tony Gwynn Jr. diving catch (on Friday night) away from being swept by the team with the worst offense in baseball. Jon Garland got hung with the loss Sunday, allowing three runs in six innings. Hong-Chih Kuo struggled in his first game back from the disabled list, retiring just one of the five batters he faced, allowing four runs in the ninth inning.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres: Hong-Chih Kuo Activated From Disabled List, Starting Lineups, Etc

The Dodgers before Sunday's game with the Padres activated relief pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo from the disabled list. Kuo, who set a Dodgers franchise record with a 1.20 ERA last season, has had trouble throwing strikes this season and was on the disabled list with a lower back strain. To make room for Kuo, the Dodgers optioned Kenley Jansen to Double A.

Jansen had a pair of bad outings this season, and at times has had trouble with control of his offspeed pitches, but he also has 22 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings, so the Dodger bullpen will miss his arm. Really, the only reason Jansen is being sent down is because he has options, while mop-up man Lance Cormier remains on the roster. Here are today's starting lineups:

Padres (10-17)

Venable RF
Bartlett SS
Headley 3B
Hundley C
Hudson 2B
Maybin CF
Hawpe 1B
Patterson LF
Moseley P

Dodgers (14-14)

Gwynn LF
Miles 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Carroll SS
Garland P

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Garland, Dodgers Look To Win Series With Padres

The Dodgers try to take the series finale with the Padres on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, and will do so sending former Padre Jon Garland to the hill. Dustin Moseley gets the start for San Diego. Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket.

Andre Ethier is sitting on a 26-game hitting streak, which is the second-longest hitting streak ever by a Los Angeles Dodger. Willie Davis holds the franchise record with a 31-game hitting streak in 1969. The 26-game streak was an MLB record for April, but today is the first day of May.

Garland is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts this season, including allowing just two runs in 16 innings over his last two starts. Over the last 13 games, Dodgers starting pitchers have a 2.77 ERA and have averaged 6.74 innings per start.

Moseley is 0-3 this season, but has a 1.99 ERA. He hasn't benefited from Petco Park, either, as he has a 3.75 ERA at home this season and a 0.92 ERA on the road. The five runs scored by the Padres last night represented just the third time in the last 12 games that San Diego scored more than two runs.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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