Dodgers beat Padres 1-0 on Furcal’s single in 8th

The pressure was all on Javy Guerra. The 25-year-old rookie

loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning and the Los

Angeles Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead.

”The first thought is just slow it down, go in and get a

strikeout,” he said. ”Before you can get three (outs), you got to

get one. That’s how I break it down.”

Guerra did just that, earning his third save in as many chances

in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday


Chad Billingsley scattered four hits over eight innings and

Rafael Furcal singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth for the

Dodgers, who earned their second straight shutout win.

”I just made big pitches when I needed to,” Billingsley


Billingsley (8-7) struck out four and walked a season-high five.

It was the fourth consecutive start the right-hander had allowed

fewer than two runs through the first six innings and he won only

one of those games. In his previous start, Billingsley took a

shutout into the seventh inning against the Angels last Saturday.

He gave up three runs in that inning and lost 3-1.

”He’s becoming more of a complete pitcher, mixing pitches and

slowing the game down,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. ”I just reminded

him, one pitch at a time. He grinded out eight innings.”

Billingsley was pinch-hit for in the eighth by Jamey Carroll,

who sacrificed pinch-runner Trent Oeltjen to second after A.J.

Ellis led off with a single. Oeltjen was held up at third by coach

Tim Wallach on a single to right by Tony Gwynn Jr. But Furcal

singled on an 0-1 pitch to break the scoreless tie and chase Mat

Latos, who got a visit from manager Bud Black just before that


It was Furcal’s first RBI since returning from the disabled list

last Saturday and first since a three-RBI game on May 29. He came

in hitting 1 for 12 on the homestand.

”He wants to come through,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said

of Furcal. ”He takes it personally when he’s not getting on


In the ninth, Cameron Maybin led off with a double to right and

Guerra hit Anthony Rizzo on the left foot with his next pitch.

Guerra then hit Rob Johnson on his right hand with the next


”They opened the door for us,” Black said. ”Cam hit a bullet,

which was legit, and then their guy gave us a golden opportunity

that we couldn’t cash in on.”

Guerra settled down and struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Phillips

and Will Venable before Jason Bartlett’s line drive to center field

was caught by Matt Kemp to end the game and give the Dodgers their

second straight shutout.

”For a young guy, that’s really impressive. He’s obviously got

good stuff. It’s electric stuff,” Johnson said.

Latos (5-10) allowed five hits and one run in 7 1-3 innings,

struck out six and walked two to lose his second straight and

remain winless at Dodger Stadium in four career starts.

”Johnny (Rob Johnson) called an unbelievable game. To be

honest, this was his doing, not mine. He was inside my head the

whole time,” Latos said. ”It was the pitches that he wanted and

he told me exactly where it wanted it. I threw it and I executed

it. I had really good command of my fastball. I was able to put it

down and away to right-handers and left-handers. My velocity was

there and everything was really smooth.”

The Dodgers got no offense from All-Stars Andre Ethier and Kemp.

Ethier was hitless in three at-bats with a walk, while Kemp went 0

for 3 with an intentional walk.

The Padres got a runner to third base in the first inning before

Billingsley retired the final two batters. Billingsley pitched with

runners on base in every inning except the seventh, when Rizzo and

Johnson both flied out to the warning track.

The Dodgers didn’t advance a runner past first base through

seven innings.

NOTES: The Dodgers tied Atlanta for the second-most shutouts in

the NL with 10. … The Padres were shut out for the 14th time this

season. … The Dodgers fired former All-Star 1B Steve Garvey on

Friday for his attempts to try to buy the team from owner Frank

McCourt. Garvey, who worked in marketing and community relations,

had been with the organization for 30 years. … It was the fourth

time this season Billingsley pitched more than seven innings. He

didn’t win any of the first three. … The Padres recalled C Luis

Martinez from Triple-A Tucson and placed C Nick Hundley on the

15-day DL with a strained right elbow.