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Unearned run gives Dodgers 1-0 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With only six regular-season games left, the NL
West champion Los Angeles Dodgers are focusing on preparations
for the playoffs.

Zack Greinke combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and
Adrian Gonzalez scored an unearned run to lead the Dodgers over
the San Diego Padres 1-0 Sunday.

Greinke allowed both hits over five innings, lowering his ERA to
2.67. He threw just 72 pitches.

"It was just a lighter day," Greinke said. "I was fine with it."

He is 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 11 starts since a July 25 loss to
Cincinnati and 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in three starts against the
Padres this year. Greinke figures to start Game 2 of the NL
division series after ace Clayton Kershaw pitches the opener.

"It was really more of a solid five innings than anything else,"
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "His next one will be more
of a regular one."

J.P. Howell (4-1) pitched a perfect sixth, Chris Withrow walked
two over two innings and Kenley Jensen struck out the side in
the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Los Angeles threw its 21st shutout, four more than any other big
league team.

San Diego, which won 2-0 on Friday night, was held scoreless
over the final 21 innings of the three-game series.

"We didn't do well this weekend," Padres manager Bud Black said.
"We didn't get the big hit."

Andrew Cashner (10-9) took a two-hitter into the seventh when
Gonzalez singled with one out, Matt Kemp struck out and Michael
Young doubled off the right-field wall. Will Venable bobbled the
ball and Gonzalez came home after initially being held by third
base coach Tim Wallach.

"A lot of the credit goes to our pitching staff," Young said.
"They did a great job. Any time they do really well, the defense
feeds off that."

Cashner allowed four hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts
and no walks. He was coming off a two-hit shutout of Pittsburgh
in his previous start.

After throwing a career-high 175 innings, Cashner likely was
making his final start this season, according to Black.

"I made two mistakes," Cashner said. "One was foul - and the
other one to Young."

NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez started for just the third time
in 10 games. Ramirez, who has been fighting back and hamstring
ailments, was removed after six innings. ... Mattingly said he
will likely use a four-man rotation in the NL division series
and carry 11 pitchers. ... Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-7, 3.03
ERA) will oppose Giants RHP Matt Cain (8-9, 4.06) at San
Francisco when the clubs open a three-game series on Tuesday
night. ... Diamondbacks RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-9, 4.57) faces
Padres LHP Eric Stults (9-13, 4.02) on Monday night, starting
San Diego's final home series.

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