Dodgers Strike Out 13 Times in 1-0 Loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO, California--Brad Penny gave up six hits and allowed one run in his six innings of work but despite the final 1-0 score, he was never in the game. Padres' ace Jake Peavey struck out a career high 13. Penny, 3-4 on the season, doesn't have a victory in his last five quality starts. The Dodgers lost their seventh game in a row and eight of nine, falling 5 1/2 games behind San Diego. They got only one base runner to third when Penny doubled with one out in the sixth inning.

The loss, during which Los Angeles has averaged 2.14 runs per game, dropped the Dodgers closer to fourth-place San Francisco in a division that only the Padres are above the .500 mark

However, the Dodgers had chances in the final two innings. Hee-Seop Choi led off the eighth with a grounder that rolled between the legs of San Diego first baseman Phil Nevin for a two-base error, but Peavy got Jayson Werth on a grounder to third. Jason Phillips lined a shot that would have tied the game but was, instead, foul by a foot.

J.D. Drew walked in the ninth with two out and Jeff Kent singled but Olmedo Saenz, who erased Peavey's perfect game and no-hitter with a ground ball single in the fifth, lofted a pop to short left that closed out the painful loss.

The Dodgers are three games below .500 for the first time since 2003, and the losing streak is the longest since that year. They were shut out once in the first 65 games this year, and have been blanked twice in the last four games.

There is talk about getting some pitching help by trade but Dodger starters have worked six or more innings in 10 of the previous 12 games and others think that a solid bat is a much higher priority.

The Dodgers were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position on Monday night and are 6-for-43 during the seven (losing) games on the trip.

Leadoff man Cesar Izturis went 0 for 4, extending his epic slump to 2 for 46, and slipped below the .300 mark.

Penny was superb, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. But he ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up a leadoff single to Robert Fick and, with one out and Fick breaking for second, an RBI double to Brian Giles.

San Diego has collided with the coldest team in the league at a time that allows them to put the Dodgers in so deep a hole they may not recover.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta spoke to the club and said he contemplated no changes in the manager or coaching staff and noted that his plans to pick up pitching help might be changed to bolstering the offense. "I've never been involved in a club that had this many players hurt. It's affected every part of the club for a long time," he said. "We've had 15 disabling injuries and none came back after 15 days. We've lost guys for months, not weeks. I've never been around anything this widespread and lengthy. It just requires patience." He pointed out that the Dodgers could be 5-2 over the last seven games if they didn't break down defensively or could have had one more hit in the right place. …Center fielder Milton Bradley underwent an MRI on his right ring finger and received a cortisone injection. Club officials don't expect him to return before next week at the earliest. …Gagne will have an exam of his sprained elbow today by Dr. Frank Jobe. Jobe, who performed one Tommy John reconstruction on the closer's arm in 1997, could decide another is needed, ending Gagne's season. …Catcher Paul Bako may be another candidate for surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. …Wilson Alvarez is throwing 90 feet on flat ground, and is "starting to feel pretty good." But disabled outfielder Ricky Ledee's hamstring is "up and down, back and forth." …The Dodgers have agreed to terms with their second selection in this year's draft, signing Ivan DeJesus Jr., a high school senior from Puerto Rico and the son of the former Dodger and Cubs shortstop, to a 675,000 signing bonus. The Dodgers also signed their 13th pick, right-hander Steven Johnson of St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville, Md., and formally announced the signing of third baseman Josh Bell of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla.. Bell agreed to terms last week on a $212,000 bonus. Seven of the club's first 10 selections have signed. …Mike Edwards, who stole his first Major League base Sunday night, said he thought about pulling the base out of the ground and holding it up like Rickey Henderson but then "I decided it wasn't the right time." Edwards trails Henderson by 1,405 stolen bases. …Derek Lowe makes his third start of the season against the Padres tonight. Lowe did not allow an earned run over 17 innings against them in his previous two starts.