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Greene's HR fuels Padres' fifth straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clay Hensley allowed just two hits over six
scoreless innings and had nothing to show for it, except a
no-decision and four stitches to close a nasty gash on the back of
his head.

Khalil Greene hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning,
lifting the San Diego Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.

Hensley almost didn't make it out of the second inning. Dodgers
rookie Andre Ethier hit a broken-bat grounder to shortstop Greene
for the first out, but the barrel of the bat conked Hensley flush
on the back of his head after he turned his back to the plate to
follow the path of the ground ball.

"It was weird," Hensley said. "I heard the crowd kind of go,
'Ohhhhhhh,' before I actually got hit with the bat. Then after I
got smacked, I realized what had happened. I knew the bat was
broken, but I didn't know it was going my way. I thought it was
going to third base."

The 26-year-old right-hander sank to his knees and rolled over
on his back. Trainers worked on Hensley for several moments while
Hensley sat upright on the mound. He walked to the dugout under his
own power, got bandaged up on the bench during the 9-minute delay
and returned to the mound as the crowd of 34,137 applauded the
opposing pitcher.

"It was a pretty good gash," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It
was like fight night at a boxing match. He'd come in, our cut man
would patch him up, and we'd send him back out. He had a headache
and was still bleeding a little bit. But he had his bearings and
everything, so we let him go back out. The trainers were changing
bandages every inning to stop the bleeding. It was just a real
gutsy effort by him."

After striking out Oscar Robles and retiring Ramon Martinez to
complete the inning, Hensley hit a fly ball in the third that
center fielder Kenny Lofton caught on the warning track.

"I felt a little woozy, but I also felt like I could still make
my pitches," Hensley said. "They told me it was bleeding, but I
told them to just patch it up and get back out there and play it by
ear."

Hensley threw 77 pitches, striking out three and walking three.
Three of his five big league starts have been against the Dodgers,
including a 4-2 loss last Saturday at San Diego. Hensley has
allowed eight earned runs and 12 hits over 22 2/3 innings in four
starts since replacing Dewon Brazelton in the rotation.

Takashi Saito (2-2) entered the game after seven innings of
five-hit ball by Dodgers starter Brett Tomko, surrendering a walk
to Brian Giles and a single by Mike Piazza. Greene then drove a 2-2
pitch into the left field bullpen with two out for his fifth home
run and first since April 11.

Alan Embree (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning for the
Padres, who have rebounded after an 8-15 start. Scott Linebrink
worked a hitless eighth and Trevor Hoffman got three outs for his
fifth save in as many attempts and 441st of his career, 37 behind
Lee Smith's major league record.

The Dodgers didn't get through the game unscathed, either.
Catcher Dioner Navarro left for a pinch-hitter in the second inning
with a bruise on the back of his right wrist, shortly after getting
clipped by a foul tip off the bat of Vinny Castilla. Third baseman
Bill Mueller, the only Dodgers player to appear in all 29 games,
left in the third because of soreness in his right knee.

Tomko struck out nine and walked two in his rematch with
Hensley.

"I tweaked a couple of things in the bullpen this week, and it
worked. I felt more comfortable with my off-speed stuff," Tomko
said. "It would have been a lot nicer if we would have come out
with the win."

Game notes
Los Angeles 2B Jeff Kent, who has gone 10 straight games
without an extra-base hit, entered the game in the eighth during a
double-switch. His next home run with break a tie with Bobby Bonds
for 83rd place on the career list. ... Only one player in the
Dodgers' starting lineup -- J.D. Drew -- was on their 25-man roster a
year ago on this date. Oscar Robles and Dioner Navarro were still
at Triple-A, and the other six were acquired during the offseason.
... The Padres have won their first two games at Dodger Stadium
this season after going 2-7 at Chavez Ravine last year.