SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Josh Beckett lost for the third time in six starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose playoff chances were dealt a blow in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
With eight games to play, the Dodgers are tied with Milwaukee, 4 games behind St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot. St. Louis beat Houston 4-0 and Cincinnati beat the Brewers 4-2.
The Padres scratched out two runs against Beckett (1-3) and made two nice defensive plays. Left fielder Chris Denorfia threw out Shane Victorino at the plate in the second inning, and third baseman Chase Headley made a heads-up play that helped erase Matt Kemp in the sixth, when the Dodgers failed to score after loading the bases with two outs.
Padres closer Huston Street got in and out of trouble in the ninth for his 23rd save in as many chances. Street allowed A.J. Ellis' RBI double to the gap in right-center and then put runners on the corners with one out. He struck out Andre Ethier and got Kemp to f...