The loss dumped the Dodgers back into third place as the ever-churning division continues to punish each other, a condition that will probably continue all season long. That leaves the standings this way:
N.L. West w-l pct gb San Diego 45-33 .577 -- Arizona 46-35 .568 0.5 Los Angeles 45-34 .563 1.0Tsao's rehab inning at Las Vegas (one inning, one run) was apparently good enough for the Dodgers and he was handed a ticked to Los Angeles. They designated good-guy Marlon Anderson for assignment and have 10 days to trade, release or attempt to talk him into dropping down to AAA.
The Dodgers got to Padres starter Chris Young for seven hits and a pair of runs but the big fourth was an obstacle they could not jump over. They tried, chipping away and when they scored three in the eighth and one in the ninth, it looked as if they might make it, getting the tying run to second in the ninth.
Kuo slid to 1-4 and his earned run average swelled to 7.42 after allowing six hits and six earned runs, all coming in the fourth inning. Errors by Rafael Furcal and James Loney didn't help.
The Dodgers did run wild on the bases, stealing five bases against Young and scoring twice in the first two innings but they trailed 7-2 going into the bottom of the eighth.
Pierre stole three, his season's best, and running his total to 29. Furcal nabbed his eighth and Martin boosted his L.A. catcher's record to 14.
The Dodgers scored in the first when Juan Pierre singled with one out in the first inning, stole second and third and scored on a groundout by Jeff Kent. In the third, Pierre, who has three hits, singled to score Furcal who had singled and stolen his eighth base.
Trailing 7-2, Russell Martin led off with double, followed by a Kent single. Wit one out Nomar Garciaparra, who had three hits in the game, and Loney knocked in runs. In the ninth, Furcal doubled and scored on a groundout by Martin, putting the Dodgers behind by just one run. Kent followed with a two-out double but Trevor Hoffman weathered the rally to pick up his 22nd save of the season.
The Padres are 6-4 against the Dodgers this season, including 2-2 in Los Angeles.
A pair of aces face each other tonight when when Brad Penny (10-1, 2.04 ERA) takes on and Jake Peavy (9-2, 2.14) in the second game of a three-game series.
Score by innings San Diego 010 600 000-7 Los Angeles 101 000 031-6 Los Angeles Furcal ss 5 2 2 0 .274 Pierre cf 5 1 3 1 .277 Martin c 4 1 1 1 .298 Kent 2b 5 1 2 1 .269 Gonzalez lf 5 0 0 0 .295 Garciaparra 3b 4 1 3 1 .273 Loney 1b 4 0 2 1 .478 Kemp rf 4 0 0 0 .393 Kuo p 1 0 0 0 .167 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ethier ph 1 0 0 0 .276 Hendrickson p 0 0 0 0 .000 Abreu ph 1 0 1 0 .264 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Betemit ph 1 0 0 0 .194 Tsao p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 40 6 14 6 San Diego 35 7 9 6 Error- Loney (3), Furcal (10). 2B- Martin (19), Furcal (14), Kent (18). RBI- Kent (39), Pierre (18), Garciaparra(39), Loney (14), Kemp (8), Martin (52). LOB- Los Angeles 8, San Diego 7. SB- Pierre 3 (29), Furcal (8), Martin (14). Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kuo (1-4) 3.1 6 7-6 3 3 7.42 Seanez 0.2 1 0-0 0 0 3.38 Hendrickson 3.0 2 0-0 1 2 4.08 Beimel 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 4.50 Tsao 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 2.34 T- 3:25. Att- 52,050.Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers hated to designate Marlon Anderson for assignment to make room for Tsao. Anderson, who helped the Dodgers make the playoffs last season, was mainly used as a pinch-hitter this season and was hitting .231 (6-for-26) with three runs scored and two RBIs. ...The Padres added Milton Bradley to their roster by trade and he will be in uniform on Sunday. Former Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta acquired him for the Dodgers and now DePodesta is a special assistant in the San Diego front office. ...Nomar Garciaparra made his third start at the third base for the Dodgers and his first at Dodger Stadium. He broke out of an 0-for-15 slump[ with three hits. ...Randy Wolf, who had two hits on Thursday, raised the pitching staff's batting average to .160, the fourth-best mark in the National League behind the Mets (.192), Cardinals (.181) and Phillies (.165). ...Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt turned 53 yesterday. He shares his birthday with former Dodgers Pedro Guerrero and Wilbert Robinson. It also marked the 17th anniversary of Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela's no-hitter against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium. In winning 6-0 on June 29, 1990, the southpaw walked three batters and struck out seven. On that same Friday night, Dave Stewart, a former Dodger, tossed a no-hitter for Oakland at Toronto. Today is the 45th anniversary of Sandy Koufax's National League-record fourth no-hitter. On June 30, 1962, the Hall of Famer recorded 13 strikeouts in no-hitting the New York Mets. ...Since Bill Mueller took over as Dodger hitting coach, the team has posted a .295 batting average, .367 on-base percentage and .434 slugging percentage in 13 games. Prior to that, those figures were .260-.329-.381. ...Loney singled in the fourth inning and now has an eight-game hitting streak. Loney is now hitting .478 overall and .548 (17-for-31) during the streak. Martin doubled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games, which ties his season high. Martin is hitting .350 (14-for-40) during those nine contests. ...An announced crowd of 52,050 made the 14th time the club has gone over 50,000 in attendance this season.