The Dodgers had their chance at a second straight sweep of the Padres Wednesday night in San Diego. The only problem is, runs are needed to win, and the Dodgers went down quietly in defeat, falling 3-0 in the series finale at Petco Park. The Padres scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings for the victory.
Ted Lilly had one of his better outings of the season, allowing just one run in six innings. Sure, the run was a home run by Jason Bartlett, the 24th allowed by Lilly this season, but that was the only thing he gave up, and struck out seven. But that run was enough to hang the loss on Lilly (7-11), who has yet to win back-to-back starts this season.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh inning, down just 1-0 at the time, but failed to score. Dee Gordon hit a soft line drive back to the pitcher and Aaron Miles struck out looking to end the frame, and Padres pitchers retired the final eight Dodger batters of the night to close out the win.
Tim Stauffer pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings for his seventh win of the season. Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 31st save. The Dodgers were shutout for the 12th time this season. The Dodgers are off Thursday, and travel to Phoenix for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks.
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