Dodgers 4, Padres 2
It was still nice to turn things around against his former team.
Tomko pitched seven strong innings to end his recent woes against his old club and the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the run-starved Padres their fifth straight loss, 4-2 on Saturday night.
“They’re like a completely different ballclub,” Tomko said. “Still, they have some guys who have hit me pretty good. As far as I’m concerned, if someone has a bat in his hands, he can do damage, so I don’t take anyone too lightly.”
“J.D. made a great play,” Tomko said. “In my eyes, that can change the game right there. If they get another run, it’s 3-1, and who knows what happens after that.”
Tomko (3-1) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings against the Padres, who have scored only five runs during their losing streak. A year ago, he allowed 12 earned runs in 10 2-3 innings over three starts against the Padres, going 0-1.
Drew also had an RBI single, and Nomar Garciaparra hit a solo homer and added a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers.
The RBI single by Drew was the only hit in the two-run rally that put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 in the sixth. With that, he also extended his streak of reaching base safely to 33 games, dating to June 16, and took his hitting streak to 11 games.
“It’s all nice,” said Drew, who started last season in a 0-for-25 slump. “It gives you a comfort level and lets you play the game more relaxed. In turn, hopefully, I’ll get better at-bats every day.”
As for his standout catch, Drew cited favorable conditions at sizable Petco Park.
“You have the chance to run some balls down,” Drew said. “It also plays a lot different at night. The water (from the nearby bay) comes into play, being as close as you are. It holds the ball up a little bit.”
“The last thing that you want to do is walk people when you’re up in the ballgame,” Hensley said. “When you walk guys like that, it comes back to hurt you. It’s one of the worst things that you can do.”
Hensley allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings in his longest appearance in four career starts. His previous best was 5 1-3 innings in his last outing Sunday, a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets—also the Padres’ last win.
The Dodgers set down the last 15 San Diego batters in a row.
In the fourth, the Padres took the lead for the first time in five games when they moved ahead 2-1 with a two-run rally that included a RBI triple by Mark Bellhorn, batting cleanup in a revised lineup.
“We played pretty good baseball,” Padres catcher Doug Mirabelli said. “It’s hard to get something going. We’re so sporadic right now.”
The Dodgers opened the scoring when Garciaparra hit a solo drive for his second homer of the season with two out in the fourth. Heading in, he was in a 2-for-15 slump on the road trip, but that did include a grand slam at Houston on Monday.
Garciaparra hit his sacrifice fly in the eighth off Scott Linebrink.
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne did well tossing the ball in the start of a throwing program in his recovery from right elbow surgery on April 1, said manager Grady Little, who watched the workout along with general manager Ned Colletti. The Dodgers plan to bring Gagne back gradually, Little said. … In his only two other starts, Bellhorn batted in the eighth spot. Also, Giles moved from third in the order to second. … With a first-inning single, Giles ended a streak of 20 straight Padres batters retired. … Padres LHP Shawn Estes is scheduled to begin rehabilitation on Thursday from a strained left elbow suffered on April 6.