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Nomo loses to Padres for third time this season

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Once Ryan Klesko figured out Los Angeles
starter Hideo Nomo, his San Diego teammates quickly followed.

Klesko homered to lead off the Padres' six-run seventh inning
against Nomo, igniting San Diego's 7-1 victory over the Dodgers on
Tuesday night.

Nomo (9-7) allowed only two hits through six scoreless innings
but couldn't retire any of the six batters he faced in the seventh,
losing to San Diego for the third time in three starts this season.

"Klesko jump-started us there," Padres manager Bruce Bochy
said . "Nomo was on and we hadn't been doing anything."

Nomo faced just 20 batters in the first six innings, allowing
singles to Mark Kotsay in the third and Xavier Nady in the fifth.

"He made me look like I'd never swung a bat in the big leagues
in my life in my third at-bat," Kotsay said of his strikeout
leading off the sixth.

"Hideo did everything he could possibly do tonight," Dodgers
manager Jim Tracy said. "He was trying to pitch a perfect game and
he nearly did."

Then came the seventh. Klesko hit Nomo's first pitch of the
seventh inning 449 feet for his 16th homer of the season, tying the
game at 1.

Sean Burroughs followed with a single and went to third on
Nady's single. Nomo walked Gary Bennett to load the bases and then
gave up an RBI single to Donaldo Mendez to make it 2-1.

Pinch-hitter Dave Hansen knocked Nomo out when he hit a drive to
deep right-center that deflected off center fielder Jolbert
Cabrera's glove, hit the wall and ricocheted back to Cabrera.
Hansen only got a single because Bennett hesitated at second and
was held at third.

Kotsay greeted Guillermo Mota with a two-run single that made it
5-1 and Klesko added a sacrifice fly with one out to end the big
inning. Mark Loretta added an RBI single in the ninth.

Brian Lawrence (5-9) allowed one run and five hits in six
innings to get the win.

Bochy said he didn't hesitate when he decided to pinch hit
Hansen for Lawrence.

"It was fairly easy," Bochy said, "because there were no
outs. With two outs, no. I was going for the big inning and Hansen
came through."

Lawrence, with 81 pitches in six innings, had no qualms either.

"Six innings, that's a quality start," he said. "It's not a
matter of me going back out there, it's a matter of us winning the
ballgame."

Nomo gave up six runs and seven hits with nine strikeouts in
six-plus innings.

Tracy was ejected in the ninth after the Loretta's single to
left-center scored Gary Matthews on a close play at the plate.

The Dodgers scored their run on Paul Lo Duca's RBI single in the
third inning.

Game notes
Dodgers CF Dave Roberts left the game after four innings
for precautionary reasons with an aggravation of his right
hamstring and was replaced by Cabrera. ... The Dodgers placed OF
Brian Jordan (strained patella tendon of his left knee) on the
15-day DL and activated 1B Fred McGriff (right groin) from the DL.
McGriff batted cleanup. ... Injured Padres 3B Phil Nevin took
batting practice Tuesday and said he expects to rejoin the team
"in about a month."