Lowe Lowers the Boom, ERA Against Padres

Derek Lowe continued to baffle the Padres, giving them one run in 7.2 innings and dropping his ERA against the league leaders to 0.88 this season, earning his 10th victory 3-1. Oscar Robles provided the offense he needed with a two-run double in the first inning, then scoring the third run of the game on a passed ball.

After the three-run first, Lowe (10-13) cruised through the San Diego lineup until he tired n the eighth inning and with out gave up a run on three singles. The one run he allowed snapped his streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings.

Duaner Sanchez walked the bases loaded, then bailed him out of the inning, recording his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Willy Aybar, getting his first major league start, opened the game with a four-pitch walk. Hee-Seop Choi singled him to second and when Robles smacked a double to right, Aybar scored his first major league run.

On the relay, Choi also scored on the play when the ball was mishandled by the Padre second baseman.

With two out, Robles scampered home on a passed ball to make it 3-0.

That was pretty much it for the Dodger offense. Aybar, on a night of 'firsts', collected his first hit in the third and his first extra base hit -- a double -- in the fifth.

Jayson Repko collected the fifth, and final, Dodger run in the seventh, beating out and infield hit.

Lowe gave up singles to open the second, third and fourth innings but double plays got him out of trouble twice. He had allowed four hits going into the eighth and got the first two outs on third strikes before the tank started to show empty.

Three straight singles chased the first Padres run across the plate and also chased Lowe off the mound, handing the ball to Duaner Sanchez, who ended the eighth and sailed 1-2-3 through the ninth for his sixth save.

A win by the Padres would have moved nine games ahead of the Dodgers with 21 games, but still lead by seven with the third game of the series this afternoon.

Through the rest of September, Los Angeles will play 17 consecutive games against sub-.500 teams before finishing the season with three games in San Diego.

Dodger Blue Notes-- All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis will undergo Tommy John surgery Sept. 16 to repair his throwing elbow. Izturis, on the DL since Aug. 23 due to back pain, underwent an MRI and then got the news that he was out for the season and a most of next year. Manager Jim Tracy, no stranger to inventive lineups, penciled in Willy Aybar batting leadoff, while Hee-Seop Choi batted second, dropping Oscar Robles to the No. 3 hole. …The Dodgers' Minor League system was ranked best in the National League and second-best in the Major Leagues by USA TODAY Sports Weekly in its Sept. 7-13 issue. …The Dodgers moved over 1,000 individual games spent on the DL this year (1,001) Friday. …Brad Penny (6-9, 3.82 ERA) will face former Dodger Chan Ho Park (4-2, 6.37 ERA) as the Dodgers and Padres conclude their three-game series today.

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