Dustin Moseley #26 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Dustin Moseley pitched seven shutout innings for his first victory of 2011, Brad Hawpe doubled his RBI total for the season with a two-run single, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-0 on Sunday.
Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 27 games when he led off the Dodgers' seventh with a single up the first base line and off the glove of Hawpe as he tried to backhand it behind the bag. It is the second-longest streak by a Dodger since the club relocated to Los Angeles in 1958, and is five shy of Willie Davis' franchise-record 31-game run in 1969.
Moseley (1-3) gave up three hits and walked three. He struck out six and allowed just two runners as far as second base. The right-hander was winless in five April starts despite a 1.99 ERA, with his teammates getting shut out in each of his first three outings and totaling just four runs for him altogether — including a pair of no-decisions that went extra innings.
Jon Garland (1-2) gave up three runs in five innings. He struck out eight and walked four — one more than his combined total in 20 innings over his three previous starts this season.
The Padres scored their first three runs in the second with an RBI single by Cameron Maybin and a two-run single by Hawpe with none out.
That was the last hit by the Padres until the ninth, when they broke it open with an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jorge Cantu, a sacrifice fly by Jason Bartlett and a two-run double by Chase Headley against Mike MacDougal. All four runs were charged to Hong-Chih Kuo, who was activated from the disabled list before the game.
Six of Hawpe's 12 hits this season have come against the Dodgers in 17 at-bats. He is 6 for 54 against everyone else. The seven-year veteran, who helped lead Colorado to an pennant in 2007 with 29 homers, 116 RBIs and a .291 average, has no homers and just four RBIs in 71 at-bats with the Padres after signing a one-year, $3 million contract in January as a free agent.
Hawpe, an All-Star in 2009, has a .352 lifetime average against the Dodgers and a .362 mark at Chavez Ravine — the second-highest ever by a visiting player with at least 120 at-bats here behind Roberto Clemente's .377 mark.
Ethier had 40 hits in April, tying the franchise record for that month, which he shared with Mike Piazza and Rafael Furcal. The All-Star right fielder is trying to become the eighth player since the turn of the century with a hitting streak of at least 30 games during one season. That list includes Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Luis Castillo, Albert Pujols, Willy Taveras, Moises Alou and Ryan Zimmerman.
Notes: The Dodgers are scheduled to face Cubs starters James Russell, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano in a series that begins Monday night at Chavez Ravine. Ethier is 0 for 1 lifetime against Russell, 7 for 19 with a home run against Dempster, and 7 for 16 against Zambrano. ... Ethier came in 3 for 3 lifetime against Moseley with a solo home run on April 9 at San Diego. ... The Padres won a series for only the second time this season, after taking two of three at St. Louis to open the schedule.