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Dodgers Finally Slip against Padres

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Bad pitching by both teams helped drag the game as if this was a Yankees-Red Sox game. At the end of this three hour, forty-eight minute hit-fest it was the Padres who stood on top 10-5. The teams combined for 26 hits and left 22 runners on base.

Ramon Ortiz in his second start for the Dodgers this season was far from inspirational giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

After giving up three runs in the first three innings, everything unraveled for Ortiz and the Dodgers in the fourth inning.

With the game tied 3-3, Everth Cabrera led off the inning with a double and went to third on pitcher Jon Garland’s sacrifice bunt. Will Venable scored Cabrera with an RBI single giving the Padres a 4-3 lead and ran off Ortiz.

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“He wasn’t good tonight,” manager Joe Torre said of Ortiz. “He wasn’t locating, he wasn’t throwing the balls where he wanted to. When that happens the results aren’t usually good.”

“My pitches were a little bit high today,” Ortiz said. “I tried to make a good pitch, but tonight they hit everything.”