Hoffman gets Kent to strike out with bases loaded to preserve victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brad Penny must wonder what's wrong when it comes to pitching against Jake Peavy. The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace couldn't even beat him on a night when the reigning Cy Young winner didn't have his best stuff.

Peavy got the best of Penny for the second time in a week, and Trevor Hoffman struck out Jeff Kent with the bases loaded to finish the San Diego Padres' 7-5 win over the Dodgers on Friday night and send them to their fourth straight loss.

The Dodgers scored once against Hoffman and put the tying run in scoring position before baseball's career saves leader fanned Kent with a changeup for his third save of the season and record 527th of his career.

"I couldn't be more happy with the outcome of this game, figuring a way to get a win out of that," Peavy said. "I didn't have anything, really. I knew early it was going to be one of those nights where I'd have to change speeds, focus on location and try to figure it out pitch by pitch."

Peavy (3-0) continued his success against Padres' NL West rivals, improving to 11-1 in 20 career starts against the Dodgers with a 2.31 ERA. The right-hander has won his last nine decisions against them -- including last Saturday's two-hitter at Petco Park.

"I told these guys, `What a difference five days makes.' I mean, I had just about everything working five days ago. Tonight everything was real flat," Peavy said. "I just had to try to battle enough to get some outs."

National League pitchers coming off Cy Young seasons are now 7-0 with two no-decisions against the Dodgers since Sept. 9, 2003, when Edwin Jackson beat Randy Johnson at Arizona in his major league debut. The Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young winner, was 4-0 against Los Angeles in 2007.

Also, no reigning Cy Young winner in either league has been charged with a loss at Dodger Stadium since way back on June 5, 1993, when Kevin Gross beat Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves 5-1.

"I love pitching here and I love the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium," Peavy said. "I love competing against the Dodgers because they're a great team that we'll have to contend with all year. But that being said, I'm going to be just as excited for every one of my starts. You have to have that mentality when you only get to play every five days."

Peavy allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings. He hasn't lost to the Dodgers in 15 starts dating to Sept. 13, 2003, and is 5-0 in his seven career starts against Penny -- who was third in the Cy Young voting last year with a 16-4 record and 3.03 ERA.

"I don't care. I beat myself tonight," Penny said. "All night, they hit a lot of singles and played base-to-base. It's not easy to win playing base-to-base but they did. They didn't try to do too much, they just put the ball in play and it worked out for them."

Penny (1-2) gave up four runs over six innings and allowed 10 hits -- all singles. The right-hander surrendered four runs in the fourth inning of the rematch with Peavy, after giving up four in the first inning of their previous matchup.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre can't explain why the Peavy-Penny rivalry has become so one-sided.

"You really can't concern yourself with who you're pitching against," Torre said. "I remember Bob Gibson and Tom Seaver going against each other when Seaver was a young pitcher, and early in his career he wasn't as (successful) as he was later because he was pitching against Gibson -- and Gibson was pitching against the Mets."

The Padres took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Josh Bard, Brian Giles, Tadahito Iguchi and Adrian Gonzalez. The last three came with two outs after Peavy bunted into a force at third base.

Andre Ethier drove in the Dodgers' first two runs with a sacrifice fly and a groundout. James Loney homered in the sixth, and Rafael Furcal scored his third run of the game on a safety squeeze bunt in the seventh by Juan Pierre, who made it interesting with his RBI single against Hoffman.

Game notes
Jim Edmonds' seventh-inning double ended a string of 31 consecutive hits by the Padres that were singles. It's the second-longest such streak in franchise history. The longest was 39 straight singles in September 1978. ... 3B Nomar Garciaparra, who began the season on the DL for the second time in three seasons with the Dodgers because of a broken bone in his right hand, will leave for Sacramento on Saturday to begin a rehab assignment immediately with Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Andruw Jones, dropped down to the seventh spot for the first time with the Dodgers, was 0-for-3 against Peavy and is 1-for-22 lifetime against him.