Padres End Dodgers Playoff Hopes

The San Diego Padres got good news Thursday. They eliminated their rivals up the road, the LA Dodgers, by beating them 6-1.

Xavier Nady hit a one out home run off Hideo Nomo to put the Padres up in the second. Nomo (16-13) cruised until the eighth inning as the score stayed 1-0 until the bottom of then.

Brian Lawrence (10-15) gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings of scoreless work.

With the bases loaded in the sixth, Phil Nevin made a Sportscenter style diving snare at first on a sharp grounder from Jeromy Burnitz. He quickly got up and spun, throwing home to force out Paul Lo Duca in plenty of time.

The Padres broke it open in the eighth. Ramon Vasquez drove in a run with the bases loaded. After a force out at home, Khalil Greene blooped a single to left and Burnitz sailed the ball over Lo Duca's head at home plate to clear the bases. Greene got credited with two RBI's. Gary Bennett followed with a single to make the score 6-0.

Nomo ended up with five earned runs against on six hits with six walks. He failed to get a batter out in the eighth. Guillermo Mota relieved Nomo and gave up the single to Greene.

Kevin Walker and Rod Beck pitched scoreless innings and Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth and allowed a solo shot to Burnitz.

Notes:

On this date: Hoffman becomes the first Major League reliever to record four straight 40-save seasons and five overall in an 8-7 win over the Rockies on Sept. 25, 2001.

Prospect watch:

Nady went 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored and his eighth homer of the season. He did fail to drive in a run with the bases loaded.

Greene went 1-4 with two RBI's. With two on and two outs in the fourth, he struck out looking. He did clean up the mess Nady left with a bloop single to score two. Greene also committed an error on an errant throw in the sixth.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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