Padres 4, Dodgers 3, 10 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Eric Gagne blamed no one but himself.
Mark Loretta’s single in the top of the 10th inning drove in Gary Matthews Jr., and a throwing error scored Mark Kotsay on the same play as the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Wednesday night.
Left-fielder Mike Kinkade’s errant throw from got past both catcher David Ross and Gagne, who was backing him up.
“It was a stupid mistake,” Gagne said of his failure to immediately chase the ball to the screen. “It cost us the ballgame. That was the stupidest mistake I’ve ever seen.”
With one out and the score tied at 2, Matthews hit a broken-bat single off Gagne (1-3), and advanced to second on a wild throw by third baseman Adrian Beltre. Kotsay was then walked intentionally.
Loretta singled to left, and Kinkade’s throw home to get Matthews sailed wide and went to the backstop, allowing Kotsay to score to make it 4-2.
“Lately we feel if we stay in a game early we have a chance to win,” Loretta said.
Ross led off the bottom of the inning with his fourth homer, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dodgers from losing their fifth straight. It was the second loss for Gagne in his last two appearances.
The Padres have now won four in a row, their longest winning streak of the season.
“It’s not a very long one,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said, “but it’s nice to have one.”
After allowing Ross’ home run to open the 10th, Beck gave up a single to pinch-hitter Fred McGriff. Alex Cora popped a bunt in the air to third baseman Sean Burroughs, who doubled up pinch-runner Larry Barnes at first.
Cesar Izturis’ bouncer to the mound ended it.
“We did everything we could do to win,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “You don’t point a finger at one person. Beyond the three solo home runs there was not much of an opportunity to score.”
Prior to Kinkade’s homer in the fourth, Perez had retired 10 of 11 batters.
Ryan Klesko had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly for San Diego.
The Dodgers threatened in the seventh when Perez walked Beltre with one out. He then struck out Ross before being relieved by Jay Witasick.
Witasick gave up a single to pinch-hitter Daryle Ward, who was tagged out onpinch-hitter Alex Cora’s grounder to second to end the inning.
Perez had an interesting time at first base in the third inning. He reached on a single, was nearly doubled up on Kotsay’s liner to shortstop Izturis, overran the bag on his way back and recovered to beat Paul Lo Duca’s tag. … Tracy said he decided to start Jason Romano in center field, giving Dave Roberts a chance to rest the right hamstring he aggravated early in Tuesday night’s 7-1 loss to the Padres. … Tracy juggled his lineup for Wednesday’s game, with Romano leading off, Izturis batting second, Lo Duca playing first base and batting third, Green in the cleanup spot, JolbertCabrera in left batting sixth and Ross catching and batting eighth.