Padres 2, Dodgers 1
SAN DIEGO (AP)—On a night when the San Diego Padres won another one-run game, the NL West leaders got more bad news.
Woody Williams pitched 6 2-3 solid innings and Robert Fick drove in two runs to lead the injury-plagued Padres to a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday, handing the Dodgers their eighth straight loss.
The win was the Padres’ fourth in a row, and it increased their record in one-run games to an NL-best 17-5. But with second baseman Mark Loretta already out until after the All-Star break, the Padres revealed after the game that first baseman Phil Nevin strained his oblique muscle during batting practice.
Nevin was a late scratch from the starting lineup. And although manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t speculate about how much time Nevin might miss, he didn’t sound optimistic.
“In that area, you are concerned,” Bochy said.
Nevin is batting .268 with nine homers and a team-leading 47 RBIs.
In addition, Bochy said right-hander Adam Eaton, who has missed one start with a strained flexor tendon in his right middle finger, will miss his next start as well and could be another candidate for the disabled list.
“We’re probably going to have to get another pitcher up here,” Bochy said.
Earlier in the day, the Dodgers received their own bad news when they learned closer Eric Gagne will have season-ending surgery to fix a sprained ligament in his right elbow. The 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner had a second MRI on Tuesday and doctors concluded he needs Tommy John surgery.
The operation is scheduled for Friday.
Williams (3-5), who earned his first win in nearly two months, spent a month on the disabled list earlier this season with the same type of injury that Nevin has. The oblique muscle, located near the rib cage, can be a painful problem.
“I find myself being awfully careful still,” said Williams, who was making his third start since being activated on June 5. The win was his first in five starts since April 25 against San Francisco.
The Padres are still trying to decide what to do with catcher Ramon Hernandez, who hurt his wrist while sliding on Friday in Minnesota and has not played since. If he does not improve soon, he might be put on the DL.
“We have been overcoming a lot and still maintaining our lead,” said Brian Giles, who tied his franchise record by reaching base for the 11th consecutive time with three walks and a single. Giles leads the majors with 54 walks.
The Padres maintained their 4 1/2 -game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Williams turned in a solid performance by allowing one run and five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
“We are winning a lot of low-scoring, close games in our ballpark with pitching and defense,” Giles said. “That’s been the key.”
The Dodgers are going in the opposite direction.
“I feel bad for our pitchers,” catcher Jason Phillips said. “They’re throwing great ballgames and we can’t support them.”
Los Angeles has scored just 16 runs during the losing streak and has been shut out twice in the last five games. Jake Peavy and Hoffman combined on a two-hitter in the Padres’ 1-0 win Monday night.
Fick drove in both San Diego runs with a single in the fourth inning off Derek Lowe (5-8).
Lowe allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. Ranked third in the NL in fewest walks per nine innings (1.57), he uncharacteristically walked four with five strikeouts.
Lowe escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third when he struck out Mark Sweeney. But the right-hander couldn’t get out of a jam in the fourth.
Sean Burroughs led off with a walk. Khalil Greene and Damian Jackson followed with singles. Burroughs attempted to score from second on Jackson’s hit, but left fielder Jayson Werth’s throw was on the fly to Phillips, who tagged out Burroughs.
Williams sacrificed the runners over, and after a walk to Dave Roberts, Fick lined a single to right field to put San Diego ahead 2-0.
Bochy was ejected by plate umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing a called strike against pinch-hitter Geoff Blum in the eighth. … The last time the Dodgers lost eight straight was May 2004.