Trevor Hoffman Struggles Again for Pads

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Trevor Hoffman was charged with his second loss in his last three games, allowing Chin-lung Hu's tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Hoffman, baseball's career leader with 526 saves, also picked up the loss on Tuesday when he blew a save against Houston. He dropped to 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA in four games this season.

Hoffman had two blown saves in three games at the end of last season, including that epic 13-inning loss at Colorado on Oct. 1 in the wild-card tiebreaker game.

Hu's hit drove in Russell Martin, who led off the ninth with a walk and went to second on a groundout. Martin scored without a throw.

Jonathan Broxton (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Takashi Saito got three outs for his first save.

The Dodgers pushed across a run in the seventh to tie it at 2. Andre Ethier led off with a single, stole second and scored on Martin's double that fell between Scott Hairston and Jim Edmonds in left-center field.

Ethier made it 1-0 in the second inning with a leadoff home run against Chris Young. It was only the second homer this season for Los Angeles.

Young held the Dodgers to two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, walked three and hit a batter with a pitch.

Derek Lowe pitched six innings for Los Angeles, allowing two runs and five hits. He finished with six strikeouts and one walk.

San Diego tied it in the third, but a base-running blunder by Brian Giles cost the Padres a run.

Giles hit a one-out double and went to third on Tadahito Iguchi's infield single that was knocked down by Hu at second base. But when Giles rounded too far around the base, Hu threw behind him and Giles was tagged out by Blake DeWitt. Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI double to right field.

Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in the Padres' other run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.


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