Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/25)

Game 1: Monday, September 22
LA Dodgers5Final
San Diego9
Game 2: Tuesday, September 23
LA Dodgers2Final
San Diego1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 24
LA Dodgers2Final
in 11
San Diego1
Game 4: Thursday, September 25
LA Dodgers1Final
San Diego6

Dodgers 1

(84-74, 38-39 away)

Padres 6

(62-96, 34-44 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 25, 2003

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    SD 01000005 - 6 7 1

    W: B. Lawrence (10-15)

    L: H. Nomo (16-13)

    Lawrence's gem officially eliminates Dodgers

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Another season ended for the Los Angeles Dodgers short of the playoffs.

    The Dodgers were eliminated from the NL wild-card race as Brian Lawrence threw seven shutout innings to lead the San Diego Padres over Los Angeles 6-1 Thursday night.

    Los Angeles needed to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive after Florida clinched at least a tie for the wild card with an 8-4 win over Philadelphia.

    But the Dodgers, who have failed to reach the playoffs since 1996, were no match for Lawrence and three Padres relievers.

    "To be this close two years in a row and fall just short is frustrating," Dodgers center fielder Dave Roberts said.

    "The run shortage has been overwhelming for us," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "To try and win 1-0, 2-1 every night is darn near impossible to do."

    The Dodgers scored two runs or less for the 60th time this season.

    Hideo Nomo (16-13) kept Los Angeles close, allowing only a home run to Xavier Nady in the first inning as the Dodgers trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the eighth.

    But then the Padres broke loose against Nomo and Guillermo Mota, scoring five runs in the inning.

    "The spoiler role is not anything we're looking at," said San Diego manager Bruce Bochy. "We're just out here trying to win games."

    Lawrence (10-15) gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked one.

    Khalil Greene had a two-run single and Ramon Vazquez and Gary Bennett added RBI singles in the Padres' eighth.

    Kevin Walker, Rod Beck and Trevor Hoffman finished up for the Padres. Hoffman allowed a home run to Jeromy Burnitz for the only Los Angeles run.

    Nady's home run, his eighth, was his first homer since May 20 at Milwaukee, a span of 185 at-bats. After a midseason slump, Nady spent more than a month in the minors.

    Lawrence pitched out of the one big jam he faced with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth.

    Burnitz hit a hard grounder down the first-base line and Phil Nevin made a diving, backhanded stop. Nevin got up and forced out Paul Lo Duca at home for the second out, and Alex Cora then bounced back to Lawrence.

    "It was more of a reaction than anything," Nevin said. "I turned around and didn't think Lo Duca was running that hard."

    Game notes

    After the final game between the teams at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego finished 145-143 at home against Los Angeles. The Padres are moving into a new downtown ballpark next season.

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