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San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 3-0. Even Petco Park couldn’t contain Ted Lilly who gave up his third career homer at Petco Park, the place where offense goes to die. It looked like Lilly would record only his second game in his last eight where he didn’t give up a home run. Then the sixth inning came around and blew that to hell.

Jason Bartlett is a light-hitting player with an exception of a 14-homer 2009 season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Well he stepped to the plate to lead off the sixth inning and sent the ball just over the left field wall for his second home run of the season.

And the Dodgers offense was… Well they threatened in the seventh inning when Dioner Navarro and Tony Gwynn, Jr. hit back-to-back singles. But since it’s the baseball thing to do to have one of the better hitters in your lineup create outs, that’s just what the Dodgers did. Jamey Carroll laid down a bunt to put runners in scoring position.

After Casey Blake was intentionally walked, Dee Gordon lined back to the box and Aaron Miles was paralyzed on a high curveball to end the inning scoreless.

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The Padres added two more runs in the late innings to give them the insurance runs to avoid the sweep. The Dodgers once again are 10 games under .500 and head over to the Arizona Diamondbacks who are fighting for first place in the division.

Minnesota Twins defeat LA Angels 11-4. In a 4-4 tie with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Hisanori Takahashi relieved a struggling Joel Pineiro. Takahashi evidently didn’t like those inherited runners: he gave up a grand slam to Michael Cuddyer to clear the bases clean. Unfortunately it also cleared the Angels’ chances to win the game.

Portland Timbers defeat LA Galaxy 3-0.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

Minnesota Twins at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.