Phillies 2, Dodgers 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Either Vicente Padilla didn’t realize how valuable his latest start was or he was simply being modest.
Padilla pitched eight shutout innings and Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies ended a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
“I think I did my job,” Padilla said. “We had the lead and it was the bullpen’s job to get the win. It was a big win. I don’t care about the score.”
Padilla (10-8) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked one, and gave much-needed rest to a weary bullpen that has struggled recently.
The Phillies’ bullpen accounted for three of the four losses during the skid and have showed signs of being worn down.
Padilla gave them eight strong innings before telling manager Larry Bowa he was too tired to pitch the ninth.
“I think he knew what he had to do,” Bowa said. “He was on the trip with us. He saw the games.”
Kazuhisa Ishii (9-5) took the loss for the Dodgers, who were shut out for the second time in their last five games—and the eighth time this season. They have scored just three runs in their last five.
“I don’t have a lot to say,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “Our guy made one bad pitch. He pitched a great game and the bullpen did its job again.”
The one bad pitch by Ishii came in the second inning. Mike Lieberthal hit a leadoff single to right, and Abreu then lined a 3-1 pitch to center field that barely cleared the wall for his 17th homer.
“I wanted to throw an outside fastball,” Ishii said. “But I guess I didn’t get it in the right spot. It was a 3-1 count and I should have been more aggressive.”
The Dodgers had runners on first and second with no outs in the fourth after Shawn Green singled and Paul Lo Duca was hit by a pitch. But Padilla ended the threat by getting Jeromy Burnitz and Adrian Beltre to fly out to left and retiring Larry Barnes on a soft grounder to first.
Los Angeles had just three baserunners the rest of the way, and two of them were hit by pitches. Dave Roberts got the only other hit for Los Angeles.
“He’s got a real good sinker and he was getting the ball over,” Lo Duca said of Padilla.
Nick Punto made a pair of diving stops to help Padilla. Punto ended the third inning with a lunge to his left to stop a two-out grounder. He also made an over-the-shoulder diving catch on pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade’s liner to short center in the eighth.
“You know when he’s breaking bats, he’s got his good stuff,” Punto said. “And he broke a few bats tonight.”
Ishii allowed just three hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in sixinnings.
Lo Duca went 0-for-3, and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. 2B Alex Cora ended an 0-for-8 drought in the third inning with a single to center. … Marlon Byrd’s bunt single in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … Mesa’s save was just his fourth opportunity since June 9. … Placido Polanco was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore left quadriceps and Punto started at 2B in his place. … Padilla became the fourth Phillies pitcher to win 10 games this season. The last time that happened was1993.