tried to be philosophical after the
Los Angeles Dodgers
failed for the third consecutive game to clinch their second straight NL West title.
''What's worthwhile is worth the wait,'' the manager said after his Dodgers lost 3-1 to San Diego on Tuesday night. Tony Gwynn
Jr. homered and
singled in the go-ahead run for the Padres.
The Dodgers have lost three straight since securing a playoff spot on Saturday night. Colorado didn't do the Dodgers any favors,
beating Milwaukee 7-5 in 11 innings.
Tuesday's results forced the Dodgers to keep on ice the champagne they'd lugged with them from Pittsburgh, where they lost
three of four to the Pirates, the NL's second-worst team.
, who turned 32 on Tuesday, pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-best 41st save in 47 chances, striking out
''We had a couple of opportunities with a couple of men on base and came up short,'' Torre said. ''The pitching was good.
We didn't do anything offensively.''
The last thing the Padres want is to see the hated Dodgers celebrate on their field.
''It means a lot because we are not in the hunt, we're not in the playoffs,'' Kouzmanoff said. ''It's fun to go out and try
to hurt them and try to disrupt them from being in the hunt.''
With his Hall of Fame father doing color commentary on the local cable broadcast, Gwynn hit a drive down the right-field line
with two outs in the third inning for a 1-0 lead. It was his second homer of the season.
The Dodgers tied it in the sixth when
hit a leadoff triple into the gap in right-center field and scored when rookie shortstop
That brought up Ramirez, and Padres manager
pulled rookie left-hander
, who was making his first big league start, in favor of rookie righty
(2-0), who got the slugger to hit into a double play. Kemp grounded out to end the inning.
Ramirez missed Monday's 11-1 loss at Pittsburgh with tightness in his left hamstring. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts
on Tuesday night.
walked the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth before Kouzmanoff singled up the middle to bring in
with the go-ahead run.
was thrown out trying to score from second.
Billingsley (12-11) lost for the fifth time in his last seven starts. He hasn't won since Aug. 18 against St. Louis. He allowed
two runs and two hits, struck out five and walked five in six innings.
''I threw the ball well today,'' Billingsley said. ''I had good command throughout the game; just the one pitch to
where I missed my spot. Can't do anything about that. Overall I was very happy.''
Billingsley has yielded a home run in seven of his last eight starts, and Gwynn's shot was the 17th allowed by the right-hander
this season, extending his career high.
San Diego added a run in the seventh on Hong-Chih Kuo's wild pitch.
The first two Dodgers batters of the game reached and neither scored.
singled to left to extend his hitting streak to 12 and Hudson walked. Ethier hit into a 4-3-6-5 double play, where the Padres
had Hudson in a pickle between first and second, then let him advance as they caught Furcal at third after he took a step
too many toward home, then tried to get back to the base.
The Dodgers stranded two runners in the sixth.
Ramos, making his fourth big league appearance, allowed one run and four hits in five innings.
NOTES: Torre said left-hander
will start Friday night at home against the Rockies, but beyond that, he didn't name starters for the rest of the weekend
series. However, he said LHP
, who missed three weeks with a right shoulder injury, needs to throw about 90 pitches this weekend. ... Torre will have to
cut his six-man rotation to four for the playoffs. ... Los Angeles'
both continued to sit out with injuries. ... Gonzalez walked three times to extend his career high to 113 and take over the
NL lead over
, each with 112.