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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: L.A. rallies behind Chris Capuano

The Dodgers lowered their magic number to clinch the National League West to 18. The Dodgers finished August 23-6.

Stephen Dunn

Chris Capuano pitched seven strong innings and the Dodgers rallied behind him. One second baseman drove in another in the eighth inning on Saturday night to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Padres and their third straight victory.

Skip Schumaker, starting at second base for Mark Ellis, doubled to open the eighth inning. One out later, Ellis was used as a pinch hitter and singled him home for what proved to be the winning run.

Capuano turned in his best performance in four weeks, pitching seven innings. Capuano's eight hits allowed were mostly scattered, though Ronny Cedeno hit one over the wall in right center field for his first home run of the season in the fourth inning.

The Padres might have added another run in the fourth were it not for the arm of Yasiel Puig in right field, erasing Rene Rivera at home plate:

Andrew Cashner made it seem as if that 1-0 lead would hold, as he pitched scoreless ball through the sixth inning. The Dodgers finally got to him in the seventh, as singles by Jerry Hairston, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez tied the game.

Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless eighth inning for his first win as a Dodger. He is the 16th Dodgers pitcher to record a victory in 2013. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season.

Saturday particulars

Home run: Ronny Cedeno (1)

WP - Brian Wilson (1-0): 1 IP, 2 hits

LP - Nick Vincent (3-2): 1 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout

Sv - Kenley Jansen (23): 1 IP, 3 strikeouts