Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Los Angeles 4Final
San Diego 8
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
Los Angeles 5Final
San Diego 3
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
Los Angeles 4Final
San Diego 3

Dodgers 4

(86-68, 44-35 away)

Padres 8

(65-89, 41-38 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 20, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    LA 001201000 4 - -
    SD 00510020 - 8 - -

    W: B. Tomko (10-10)

    L: A. Ashby (9-13)

    Padres' five-run third dooms Ashby, Dodgers

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Andy Ashby's September meltdown continued just when the Los Angeles Dodgers could least afford it.

    Andy Ashby
    Ashby

    Ashby fell apart against his old team in the third inning and the San Diego Padres beat Los Angeles 8-4 Friday night, dropping the Dodgers two games behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

    Ashby (9-13) allowed five runs on six straight hits without getting an out in the third to fall behind 5-1. The Dodgers and the Giants, who won 5-1 at Milwaukee, have eight games left apiece, none against each other.

    "It is not a crippling defeat,'' manager Jim Tracy said. "It is a crippling defeat if the Giants win out. The likelihood of that, I don't think is all that good.''

    The Dodgers have lost 11 of 16 games since Sept. 4. Last-place San Diego, which started the night a season-high 30½ games behind Arizona, has won six of its last seven games against Los Angeles and leads the season series 8-5.

    San Diego leadoff hitter Ramon Vazquez, a rookie, matched his career-high with four hits, including a single to start San Diego's third-inning barrage and an RBI double in the seventh. Phil Nevin and Brian Buchanan each had two RBI.

    Ashby lost his fourth straight start and fell to 0-3 in four starts against San Diego this year, with a 7.45 ERA.

    Ashby allowed hits to all six batters he faced in the third. Ryan Klesko hit an RBI double into the right-field corner, Nevin followed with a two-run double into the gap in right-center and, after rookie Sean Burroughs singled to left, Gene Kingsale chased Ashby with an RBI single to center. Buchanan greeted Giovanni Carrara with an RBI single.

    Ashby was gone by the time reporters were allowed in the clubhouse.

    "We got beat in the third inning tonight. That's all there is to it,'' Tracy said. "He hasn't had a good start his last three or four times out.''

    The Padres said the third inning was contagious.

    "Sometimes those things happen where one guys feeds off another and before you now it, you've put together a big inning,'' said Mark Kotsay, who singled and scored in the third.

    Ashby's two innings marked his shortest start since he worked a career-low one inning for San Diego on opening day 1999 against Colorado. In his previous three starts, Ashby failed to pitch longer than five innings.

    "He was leaving his pitches over the plate and we got some good looks.''

    The Dodgers never recovered, even with solo homers by Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek off Brett Tomko (10-10) that pulled the Dodgers to 5-3 in the fourth. It was Karros' 13th and Grudzielanek's ninth.

    San Diego added a run in the fourth when catcher Paul Lo Duca's throw back to Karros on a double-play attempt sailed over the first baseman's head. L.A. pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade hit an RBI single in the sixth and Buchanan and Vazquez had RBI doubles in San Diego's seventh.

    With one out in the top of the third, Los Angeles took a 1-0 on Shawn Green's grounder when the Padres couldn't turn a double play. Third baseman Nevin's throw was to the right side of the bag and Burroughs didn't get off a good throw to first.

    Tomko allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked three.

    Game notes


    Vazquez finished 4-for-5. In his last nine games, he had been 3-for-32. ... Ashby, who tied a career high with 13 losses, has allowed 16 earned runs and 33 hits in four starts against the Padres this season. ... Buchanan and Tom Lampkin were the only Padres regulars not to get a hit off Ashby. ... Karros played his 1,594th game, passing Maury Wills for 10th place on the Dodgers' all-time list, and fourth among L.A. Dodgers.

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