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Nevin's infield single drives in winning run

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- While the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers
have been busy in the trade market, San Diego pretty much stood
pat.

And that's just fine by the Padres.

"We have a great clubhouse, a great group of guys," said Phil
Nevin, who called Padres general manager Kevin Towers on Saturday
to thank him for not making a major trade.

Nevin's infield single drove in the go-ahead run in a two-run
eighth inning to give San Diego a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on
Saturday night.

The emotional victory seemed to also signal a moral victory in
the Padres' clubhouse.

"Our team didn't need to be disrupted," Nevin said. "I think
we have too good of a group down here. I'm not saying that we're
going to win it, but I like the guys we have."

Towers was booed during a pregame ceremony, which did not sit
well with Nevin.

"The fans booing him before the game, that wasn't right,"
Nevin said. "At the end of the year, they're going to be cheering
him."

Towers was only able to pull off two minor deals before
Saturday's trading deadline. The only addition to the Padres' major
league roster was bringing in Dave Hansen, a utility player and
pinch hitter, from Seattle.

Jay Payton and Mark Loretta also had RBI for the Padres, who
overcame a home run by Dodgers starting pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii and
pulled within 2½ games of Los Angeles.

Akinori Otsuka (6-2) got the final out of the eighth inning for
the win, and Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th
save in 32 chances.

The Dodgers were 45-0 in games they've led after seven innings
before San Diego's comeback.

"My emotions were going crazy," Padres starting pitcher Jake
Peavy said. "It was a very emotional game. It was a must-win, one
we couldn't give up. It was fun to be a part of, a total team
effort. This team has such character. We have good chemistry
rolling. I will take the 25 guys we have in this clubhouse."

Terrence Long led off the eighth with a single off Darren
Dreifort and moved to second on Khalil Greene's sacrifice.
Pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs walked and Loretta followed with a
single to center to tie it. Burroughs took third base on center
fielder Milton Bradley's error.

Nevin then hit a slow roller up the third-base line that scored
Burroughs when third baseman Adrian Beltre was unable to field it,
putting San Diego ahead 3-2.

"The first two pitches (from Dreifort), I was looking for and I
didn't do anything with them," Nevin said. "The last one, I just
got a piece of it."

Dreifort (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits with two walks in
one inning.

"We were ready to bring (closer Eric) Gagne in, even with the
runner at second base," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "But with
five outs at the end of July and two months to go, that was too
much of a reach."

The Dodgers wasted a strong outing by Ishii, who allowed four
hits over 6 1-3 innings -- and hit his first career homer.

"I've been feeling a little more confident with my batting,"
said Ishii, who had two singles in his last start at Colorado.

Ishii struck out seven and walked three before he left with
runners on first and second. Giovanni Carrara relieved and got
Ramon Hernandez to hit into an inning-ending double play on a
comebacker to the mound on the first pitch.

Ishii's home run was his first in 121 at-bats. He came in
hitting only .135 (4-for-35), but hit an 0-1 fastball from Peavy a
few rows deep into the right-field seats.

It was one of the few mistakes made by Peavy, who allowed two
runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings as the Padres beat the Dodgers
for only the fourth time in 11 games this season.

Peavy left after giving up Shawn Green's two-out double in the
eighth, but Otsuka came in and struck out Hee Seop Choi.

Choi started in his first game with the Dodgers after being part
of Friday's six-player trade with the Florida Marlins.

Los Angeles got on the board early with a leadoff single by
Cesar Izturis in the first inning, followed by Jayson Werth's
run-scoring single.

The Padres tied it in the second on Payton's two-out single that
scored Nevin, who doubled.

Game notes
Tracy said he didn't want to use newly acquired Steve
Finley because he wasn't warmed up. "If he went out and pulled a
hamstring, you'd kill yourself," Tracy said. ... Peavy has allowed
two or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 15 starts. ... The Dodgers
have homered in 22 of 24 games, and have 123 this season -- already
just one shy of last year's total.