Dodgers get first hit in 9th, edge Padres 1-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers got their first hit with two out in the ninth inning Saturday and still beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 when Dioner Navarro singled in Juan Uribe for the unlikely victory.
Uribe was down to his last strike when he drove a pitch from Luke Gregerson (2-2) over the head of left fielder Chris Denorfia for Los Angeles' first hit and only the second hit of the game for either team. The Padres have never had a no-hitter in their 43-year history.
Navarro then looped a 1-2 pitch into short right-center to give the Dodgers three consecutive shutout victories for the first time since July 1991. Los Angeles has won nine of its last 19 games, and seven of those victories have been shutouts — including the last five.
Aaron Harang started for San Diego and worked six innings, finishing with six strikeouts and three walks. Josh Spence came on and struck out his only batter, Andre Ethier, before Chad Qualls escaped a jam to keep the game scoreless.
Matt Kemp reached on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Jason Bartlett and James Loney was intentionally walked before Qualls retired Uribe on a foul popup and Navarro on a comebacker.
Mike Adams got out of another scrape in the eighth, retiring Tony Gwynn Jr., Rafael Furcal and Ethier after Jamey Carroll drew a leadoff walk and third baseman Chase Headley committed a throwing error on a sacrifice by pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen.
The Padres got only one hit themselves against rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and three relievers. Blake Hawksworth (2-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning after Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal each got three outs.
De La Rosa, who had no more than six strikeouts in any of his six previous big league starts, fanned seven of his first 10 batters while matching zeros with Harang through the first six innings.
The 33-year-old Harang had missed 26 games because of a bruised right foot, which occurred during his 7-2 victory over Washington on June 9. At the time of his injury, he had a string of five straight starts in which he did not allow more than two runs.
Cameron Maybin had the first hit of the game, following Denorfia's leadoff walk in the fifth with a clean single through the box. Both runners advanced on a one-out grounder by Rob Johnson, but De La Rosa escaped the jam by striking out Harang.
NOTES: On Sept. 9, 1965, Cubs LHP Bob Hendley pitched a one-hitter at Dodger Stadium — and Sandy Koufax beat him 1-0 with a perfect game. ... Kemp, who will be swinging for the fences in Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby, has homered only twice in his last 24 games and 81 at-bats. He averaged a home run every 12.3 at-bats through his first 67 games this season. ... The Dodgers gave Derek Jeter his due, replaying his 3,000th hit on the videoboard before the game while organist Nancy Bea Hefley played a rousing rendition of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Another member of the 3,000-hit club — Tony Gwynn Sr. — watched it live from a couch in the Dodgers' clubhouse, just a few feet from his son's locker. "The only time I ever said anything to (Jeter) about hitting was when he came up to me during Game 1 of the World Series in New York in '98," Gwynn recalled later in the Padres' dugout. "I was standing on second base and he said: 'Man you need to teach me how to hit.' And I said: 'Yeah, right. You're kidding me, right? You're such a good hitter.' I always thought he was a good hitter, ever since he came up. You just knew that, as consistent as he was, sooner or later he was going to get to this point." ... The Padres optioned RHP Pat Neshek to Triple-A Tucson to open a roster spot for Harang.