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Sledge, Hoffman the heroes
Padres 2, Dodgers 1
Terrmel Sledge watches his go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning. (Francis Specker/AP)
 Sledge's go-ahead RBI
 Hoffman finishes off the Dodgers
 Branyan's homer
To ascend to the top of the National League West, the Padres really had to earn it. In a game that featured a top-notch pitchers' duel between Chris Young and Derek Lowe, Terrmel Sledge's RBI single in the ninth put San Diego ahead, and Trevor Hoffman closed it out for his 475th career save to give his club a half-game lead.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 17, 2006
San Diego (78-70)
Won 2
San Diego 2, LA Dodgers 1   LAD
LA Dodgers (78-71)
Lost 2
September 17, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
San Diego
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   2 10 1
LA Dodgers
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 4 0
Standings thru 9/17/06  |  Gameday  |  Padres Stats  |  Dodgers Stats
Roberts, LF4020111.301
Giles, RF5010015.269
Walker, 2B4020012.283
  1-Barfield, PR-2B1000003.281
Gonzalez, 1B4000024.292
Branyan, 3B4111023.225
  Alexander, 3B0000000.200
Cameron, CF3000110.264
Bard, C4010011.314
  2-Greene, PR0100000.247
  Bowen, C0000000.227
Blum, SS3020100.255
Young, P2000022.143
  a-McAnulty, PH1000000.273
  Meredith, P0000000.000
  Linebrink, P0000000.000
  b-Sledge, PH1011000.250
  Hoffman, P0000000.000

a-Flied out for Young in the 7th. b-Singled for Linebrink in the 9th.
1-Ran for Walker in the 8th. 2-Ran for Bard in the 9th.

2B: Blum (15, Lowe).
HR: Branyan (16, 6th inning off Lowe, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Roberts 2; Giles; Walker 2; Branyan 4; Bard; Blum 3; Sledge.
RBI: Branyan (34), Sledge (7).
2-out RBI: Branyan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Branyan; Giles; Barfield 2.
GIDP: Giles.
Team LOB: 10.

E: Bard (2, throw).

Furcal, SS4010110.296
Lofton, CF3010201.301
Lugo, 2B3000114.284
Kent, 1B4010001.281
Drew, RF3000111.274
Betemit, 3B3000111.266
Ethier, LF3000123.317
Martin, C4111003.287
Lowe, P2000010.100
  a-Anderson, PH1000010.280
  Beimel, P0000000.000
  Broxton, P0000000.000
  b-Garciaparra, PH1000010.305

a-Struck out for Lowe in the 7th. b-Struck out for Broxton in the 9th.

HR: Martin (9, 7th inning off Meredith, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Furcal; Lofton; Kent; Martin 4.
RBI: Martin (58).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martin; Lugo 3.
Team LOB: 10.

SB: Furcal (35, 2nd base off Meredith/Bard), Lofton 2 (27, 2nd base off Meredith/Bard, 2nd base off Young/Bard).

DP: (Lugo-Kent).

Young 6.01005403.63
Meredith (BS, 1)1.02111210.86
Linebrink (W, 7-3)1.01000203.59
Hoffman (S, 39)1.00001101.80
Lowe 7.07111913.69
Beimel 1.01000103.13
Broxton (L, 3-1)1.02112102.61

WP: Broxton.
Balk: Young.
IBB: Lofton (by Meredith), Roberts (by Broxton).
Pitches-strikes: Young 108-64, Meredith 23-14, Linebrink 20-15, Hoffman 21-11, Lowe 115-76, Beimel 15-13, Broxton 26-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Young 5-9, Meredith 1-0, Linebrink 0-1, Hoffman 0-2, Lowe 9-3, Beimel 0-2, Broxton 0-2.
Batters faced: Young 24, Meredith 6, Linebrink 4, Hoffman 4, Lowe 28, Beimel 4, Broxton 7.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Gary Cederstrom. 2B: Jim Reynolds. 3B: Kerwin Danley.
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 3 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:00.
Att: 54,601.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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