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Seo, three relievers combine on two-hitter against Pads

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jae Seo quickly solved his pitching problems.
Of course, it helped that he was facing the reeling San Diego
Padres.

Seo and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and J.D. Drew
had a two-run single to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 win
over the Padres on Friday night.

The defending NL West champion Padres have lost four straight
and seven of 10. Their offense finally bottomed out, with their
last 19 batters being retired. The first five batters in San
Diego's order went 0-for-16, with four walks.

"I think you've got a club that is pressing as bad as it can
right now," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's frustrating
for all of us, believe me."

San Diego entered the game last in the majors in home batting
average, .210, and lost for the 10th time in 13 games at Petco Park
this season. They've been shut out twice in three games and have
been held to two or fewer runs in seven of their last eight games,
all at home.

"This has gone on quite a while now," Bochy said. "It's
probably the longest one I've seen a club go through. Hopefully,
when we come out of it, we'll come out if it for a long time,
too."

Seo (1-2) came in with a 7.64 ERA, having lasted only 3 2-3
innings in his previous start, a 5-4 loss to Arizona last Saturday.

All he needed to get better was a crack at the Padres, who
wasted a nice effort by Chris Young.

Seo went six innings, striking out four and walking four. He
allowed a single by Adrian Gonzalez and a double by Khalil Greene,
both in the second inning. After issuing consecutive two-out walks
to Brian Giles and Mike Piazza in the third, Seo retired the last
10 batters he faced.

"The difference was just the level of confidence," Seo said
through an interpreter.

He said he spoke three days earlier with manager Grady Little,
who encouraged him to work inning by inning and not look ahead.

"After the second inning, that boosted up my confidence," he
said.

"Jae pitched a heck of a game," Little said. "The location of
his pitches is a simple thing for that guy. He's not a guy who's
going to blow anyone away with his velocity, so it makes his
location that much more important," Little said.

Tim Hamulack pitched a perfect seventh, Takashi Saito a perfect
eighth and Danys Baez a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight
chances.

Drew has reached base safely in all 20 games in which he's
played this season, and 32 straight dating to last season. His
two-run single was the third straight hit off Alan Embree opening
the eighth.

"Jae threw the ball great and the game was moving along
quick," Drew said. "When you get that kind of thing, you hope you
generate enough offense, and we had a run to give him a lead when
he left, and it was nice to get those two to kind of solidify
things and give our bullpen a chance to work."

Nomar Garciaparra hit a leadoff double to center in the fifth
and scored on Dioner Navarro's one-out single to left.

Young (2-2) struck out seven while allowing one run and five
hits in 6 2-3 innings. He started three days after he began taking
medication for a circulation problem in his right thumb that had
caused it to feel numb in earlier starts. He walked two.

Young said his thumb bothered him as the game went on.

"I think that's only natural," he said. "All in all, I felt
it was a non-factor for the most part."

Game notes
The Padres had their projected opening day lineup on the
field for the first time this season. CF Mike Cameron started the
season on the disabled list and was activated on Sunday. But with
other starters getting days off this week, it took until Friday
night for the projected lineup to be on the field. ... Navarro, the
Dodgers' catcher, got his first career stolen base in the ninth.