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Behind starter Vicente Padilla’s sterling eight innings of work and the offense jumping on Chicago Cubs’ starter Carlos Silva, the Dodgers finished out the last game before the All Star Break with an exclamation point shutting out the Cubs 7-0.

Vicente Padilla (4-2) had a no-hitter going through the first five innings, the only blemish a lead-off walk to Aramis Ramirez to lead off the second inning which was erased on a double play ball hit by Xavier Nady. It was only when Starlin Castro doubled to lead off the sixth inning that Padilla realized he had been tossing a no-no.

“I gave up a hit and looked up at the scoreboard and realized it was the first hit,” Padilla said through translator Kenji Nimura.

When asked to attribute his turnaround the last several games, Padilla answered, “Luck.”

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Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre was very pleased with Padilla’s outing but held his breath.

“You keep your fingers crossed,” Torre said. “The game this year in the first half where he probably threw the best was the game after which he come out and said his arm was bothering him.”