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SD@LAD: Ethier singles, extends his hit streak to 27

LOS ANGELES -- Aside from Andre Ethier extending his hitting streak to 27 games with a line-drive single off the glove of Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe in the bottom of the seventh, there was little for Dodgers fans to cheer about Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

For the second straight game, the Dodgers' bats were muted by a Padres starter, and one inning of offense was enough to carry the Padres to a 7-0 win in the rubber game between these National League West rivals.

The Dodgers were shut out for the third time this season.

"We didn't really square up any balls," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Some days a guy does that to you and you feel like you're hitting the ball pretty good, and hitting the ball all over the field. ... But today, we didn't really square up a bunch of balls."

The Dodgers only scored five runs in the three-game series, and a common problem throughout the weekend was their struggles with runners in scoring position as they went 1-for-15. In two of the three times the Dodgers put a runner on base in the first six innings, an ensuing double play erased any hope of getting a run across. Juan Uribe grounded into one in the fourth with runners on first and second, while Aaron Miles' double-play ball ended the sixth.

"That's a big lineup over there ... you don't want to give them extra outs," said shortstop Jason Bartlett of the double plays.

Padres right-hander Dustin Moseley was latest pitcher responsible for limiting the Dodgers to just a handful of baserunners. Moseley primarily relied on a combination of cutters, sinkers and curveballs to induce the Dodgers into pop flies and weak ground balls.

Moseley entered Sunday's game with a 0-3 record, but owned an impressive 1.99 ERA; his poor record the result of just two runs of support in five starts.

"He did a good job running, staying out of the strike zone," Ethier said. "Had good movement on this pitches and was able to keep guys off-balance. And when he got ahead, he was able to have guys chase."

In similar fashion to Hiroki Kuroda's outing from the previous night, Jon Garland was undone by one bad series.

Garland walked Nick Hundley to begin the second inning and then proceeded to give up three consecutive singles to Orlando Hudson, Cameron Maybin and Hawpe as the Padres jumped ahead 3-0.

None of the three hits were particularly well struck, and Garland blamed the runs on the initial walk to Hundley.

"What killed me that inning was that leadoff walk," Garland said. "I think I had him 0-2 or 1-2 and ended up walking him. That gives them the opportunity to put that hit-and-run on. And if that hit-and-run's not on, I don't think that Orlando even swings at that pitch that he hit. And they were able to kind of bloop a couple of more hits in there that ended up scoring a couple more." Garland got into trouble again in the third when Chase Headley walked and advanced to third with one out on a steal and Dioner Navarro's throwing error. Garland, however, struck out two of the next three batters to escape with Headley stranded at third.

Garland held the Padres in check for the next three innings, at one point retiring nine consecutive batters, five via a strikeout. Garland finished with a season-best eight strikeouts in six innings.

"He's going to keep himself in the game," Mattingly said. "If he's struggling with something, he'll just basically almost invent stuff. He'll just change what he's doing and do something different."

Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who was activated from the disabled list before Sunday's game, had a poor ninth inning for the Dodgers. Kuo walked the first batter he saw, gave up two singles, hit Will Venable in the upper back, and was charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning.

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