Padres Continue Their Dominance

San Diego has won 20 of the last 29 meetings with the Dodgers and their 3-1 victory in 12 innings was a throw-back game without the flannel uniforms. Nomar Garciaparra hit his second homer of the season for the only Dodger run and the sixth Dodger pitcher, Brett Tomko, coughed up a pair of runs and took the loss.

In a game that would have pleased John McGraw, Brad Penny and Jake Peavey went head-to-head in a meeting of what might be the best two pitchers in the National League and when they each left the game after five innings, the score was as tied as their lines:
	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Peavey	7.0  5  1-1  1  6  2.09
Penny	7.0  5  1-1  2  7  2.00
When the game went to the bullpens, the similarity continued with each allowing only a single hit through the 11th but then the fatal change came. Brett Tomko was pounded in the top of the 11th, the Dodgers went quietly, and San Diego had a two-game lead in the N.L. West.

"It was a great game and it was fun to be a part of it," Penny said. "We felt coming in that it was going to be a close game."

Peavey's quotes were as similar as the game had been, "That was fun. I'm glad our team came out on top. It was supposed to be good pitching, and we got good pitching. I respect the heck out of Brad and I've been around him a lot. I like to see him do well -- just not against us."

A game like this can tip quickly one way or the other if a mistake is made and the Dodgers blinked this time in the 11th inning.

Catcher Russell Martin walked with one out and stole second, his 15th of the season. With Jeff Kent at the plate and the count 3-1, Martin gambled and took a shot at third base. He was gunned down, ending the final L.A. threat.

The Padres scored their only run off Penny in the second inning on back-to-back doubles to Mike Cameron and Josh Bard. The Dodgers, or actually Nomar Garciaparra, got to Peavey in the fifth when the new third baseman tipped a shot into the right-center field seats to tie the game. It was his second of the year and his first in 232 at-bats. It was only the second home run Peavey has surrendered this season.

Penny left for a pinch hitter in the seventh with the bases loaded but Olmedo Saenz struck out and each team turned the game over to their bullpen.

Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton, Takashi Saito and Chin-hui Tsao allowed a single hit through 11 innings.

A snake-bit Tomko (1-6) allowed a ground ball single up the middle to Khalil Greene, he was bunted to second and Jose Cruz Jr. and Geoff Blum smacked back-to-back RBI doubles to put the game on ice.

"I think you have to give a lot of credit to Peavy over there. That was a well pitched game by two good pitchers," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "When you play ballgames like that, you can't afford not to capitalize on every opportunity you get."

The Dodgers chance to avoid a sweep is in the hands of Chad Billingsley (4-0, 4.01 ERA) who will face the Padres' Justin Germano (5-1, 2.67) in the finale of the three-game series this afternoon.
 Score by innings
San Diego	010 000 000 002-3
Los Angeles	000 010 000 000-1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .270
Pierre cf	4  0  1  0  .277
Martin c	5  0  1  0  .296
Kent 2b	        4  0  0  0  .265
 Kemp pr-rf	0  0  0  0  .393
Gonzalez lf	4  0  1  0  .294
 Tomko p	0  0  0  0  .000
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .440
Ethier rf-lf	5  0  1  0  .276
Penny p	        2  0  0  0  .226
 Saenz ph	1  0  0  0  .219
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Betemit ph	1  0  0  0  .192
 Tsao p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Abreu 2b	1  0  0  0  .282
   Totals	40 1 6 1
   San Diego	42 3 9 3

 HR- Garciaparra (2). RBI- Garciaparra (40).
S- Pierre. SB- Martin (15), Pierre (30),
Gonzalez (5). CS- Martin (3). LOB- Los Angeles
8, San Diego 8. 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Penny	        7.0  5  1-1  2  7  2.00
Beimel	        0.2  1  0-0  0  1  4.41
Broxton	        1.1  0  0-0  1  1  .307
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.34
Tsao	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  2.70
Tomko (1-6)	1.0  3  2-2  0  1  5.85
 T- 3:36. Att- 53,736.
Kuo Sent Out For Adjustments-- Left-hander Hong- Chih Kuo was sent to Las Vegas before the game. He allowed seven runs — six in one inning — on six hits in his last start and the Dodgers hope he can get straightened out in Nevada. In his last three starts, Kuo had given up 18 runs on 16 hits in just 10.1 innings

Kuo is 1-4 with a 7.42 ERA in six starts with the Dodgers this season. No one is certain if his problem was mechanical or not, but obviously something needs to change.

The Dodgers recalled D.J. Houlton, who has been a starter all season, from Las Vegas, but start, rather he will work out of the bullpen. Mark Hendrickson is the favorite to take Kou's spot for at least one start.

Houlton started 14 games in Las Vegas and was 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 80.2 2/3 innings. He in the Dodger the rotation and bullpen in 2005, going 6-9 with a 5.16 ERA.

Buehrle Rumor Surfaces Again-- According to Ken Rosenthal, reporting on the Fox national pregame show today, Mark Buehrle's contract extension with the White Sox has fallen through because the club wouldn't give him a no-trade clause.

Buehrle, an eight-year Major League veteran, is 5-4, 3.33 this season in 15 starts after recording a 97-66 record coming into the season. He has won in double figures since 2001 and his best season was in 2001 when he went 19-12. Last year he slipped below .500 for the first time in his career, finishing 12-13 with a 4.99 ERA.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Infielder Ramon Martinez, recovering from a back injury, will be sent to Las Vegas for a rehab assignment on Monday. His return will give the Dodgers another tough decision as to who gets the ticket to AAA.