Dodgers 6, Padres 3

James Loney went 3 for 4, his third consecutive three-hit game, and he was 9 for 13 in the series with two home runs, five runs scored and eight RBI. Kent went 2 for 4. Furcal went 1 for 3, but he also was on base three times because he reached on a fielder’s choice twice, and that allowed him to steal three bases, go from first to third on a single by Pierre and score three runs. Now that’s what a leadoff man is SUPPOSED to do, and what Furcal would have been doing all year if he hadn’t suffered that sprained left ankle late in spring training that still hasn’t fully healed. David Wells pitched five shutout innings (one hit) before tiring in the sixth and giving up a couple of homers, but the bullpen took care of the rest. Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito combined to retire the final nine Padres batters in order, with Saito getting his 38th save. Dodgers go to 77-69 and pull within 1 1/2 games of the Pods in the wild card, tied with Philly and a game ahead of Colorado. Dodgers still trail AZ by 5 1/2 in the division, but the two teams play six more times, starting tonight at the stadium. Hold onto your hats, folks, because this ride isn’t going to end anytime soon.

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