SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres continue to look good while the rival Los Angeles Dodgers scuffle.
Josh Beckett lost for the third time in six starts with the Dodgers, whose playoff chances were dealt a blow in a 2-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday night.
With eight games to play, the Dodgers are tied with Milwaukee, 4½ games behind St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot. St. Louis beat Houston 4-0 and Cincinnati beat the Brewers 4-2.
The Padres scratched out two runs against Beckett (1-3) and made two nice defensive plays. Left fielder Chris Denorfia threw out Shane Victorino at the plate in the second inning, and third baseman Chase Headley made a heads-up play that helped erase Matt Kemp in the sixth, when the Dodgers failed to score after loading the bases with two outs.
"We are putting together complete games," Denorfia said. "I think you are seeing signs of good things to come."
Padres closer Huston Street got in and out of trouble in the ninth for his 23rd save in as many chances. Street allowed A.J. Ellis' RBI double to the gap in right-center and then put runners on the corners with one out. He struck out Andre Ethier and got Kemp to fly out to right to end it.
The benches emptied briefly after San Diego's Everth Cabrera slid into second baseman Mark Ellis trying to break up a double play in the seventh. Order was quickly restored, with Kemp acting as a peacemaker, and both benches were warned.
Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez played at Petco Park for the first time since he was traded from San Diego to Boston in December 2010. He was booed before each of his at-bats. Gonzalez, obtained in a blockbuster trade with Boston on Aug. 25, singled twice.
San Diego's defense came up big.
Victorino singled to right with one out in the second, stole second and tried to score on Luis Cruz's single to left but was thrown out by Denorfia.
In the sixth, Kemp was hit by a pitch on the left arm by Edinson Volquez with one out and advanced on Gonzalez's single to center. Headley ran in to bare-hand Hanley Ramirez's high chopper. Seeing he had no play at first, Headley turned and threw to shortstop Cabrera, who came over to cover the bag. Kemp had turned for home and Cabrera chased him down for the second out. Victorino walked before Cruz forced him at second to end the inning.