Padres 6, Dodgers 1
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Another season ended for the Los Angeles Dodgers short of the playoffs.
Los Angeles needed to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive after Florida clinched at least a tie for the wild card with an 8-4 win over Philadelphia.
But the Dodgers, who have failed to reach the playoffs since 1996, were no match for Lawrence and three Padres relievers.
“To be this close two years in a row and fall just short is frustrating,” Dodgers center fielder Dave Roberts said.
“The run shortage has been overwhelming for us,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. “To try and win 1-0, 2-1 every night is darn near impossible to do.”
The Dodgers scored two runs or less for the 60th time this season.
But then the Padres broke loose against Nomo and Guillermo Mota, scoring five runs in the inning.
“The spoiler role is not anything we’re looking at,” said San Diego manager Bruce Bochy. “We’re just out here trying to win games.”
Lawrence (10-15) gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked one.
Nady’s home run, his eighth, was his first homer since May 20 at Milwaukee, a span of 185 at-bats. After a midseason slump, Nady spent more than a month in the minors.
Lawrence pitched out of the one big jam he faced with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth.
Burnitz hit a hard grounder down the first-base line and Phil Nevin made a diving, backhanded stop. Nevin got up and forced out Paul Lo Duca at home for the second out, and Alex Cora then bounced back to Lawrence.
“It was more of a reaction than anything,” Nevin said. “I turned aroundand didn’t think Lo Duca was running that hard.”
After the final game between the teams at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego finished 145-143 at home against Los Angeles. The Padres are moving into a newdowntown ballpark next season.