GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Stauffer was pleased with his fastball location. He was really excited about the placement of a blooper he hit in the fifth inning, though.
Stauffer pitched three-hit ball for six innings and had a two-run single, leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for their fifth straight win.
``Good placement on that one,' he said. ``I'll take it. I hope it translates to the season.'
He could've been talking about his pitches, too. Stauffer struck out two without walking a batter.
``I had a little better fastball command ... I was throwing good pitches in the zone ... with a little more life, instead of a little flat, up a little bit,' Stauffer said. ``Some guys can do that. I need to have the ball down in the zone, moving, to be successful.'
Padres manager Bud Black was impressed with Stauffer's work on the mound.
``He pitched with the fastball. It was great,' Black said. ``Love the fastball. It's the pitch that's thrown the most. How can you not love it?'
Jamey Wright, a former starter who is trying to make the Dodgers' staff as swing man, started and pitched two perfect innings.
``It makes me realize how much I've learned as a reliever about myself, compared to starting and how many pitches I wasted as a starter, throwing and throwing and throwing,' Wright said. ``I felt great. I felt I could get on the mound as soon as I played catch.
Wright has started 246 games in the big leagues but since 2007 has worked exclusively as a reliever. He made 60 appearances for Seattle last year, going 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 68 1-3 innings.
``In my mind, I feel I could go out there and set up, or close or start or do anything I was asked,' he said.
Mike MacDougal and Kenley Jansen were among those who pitched scoreless innings for the Dodgers.
Also for the Dodgers, Dee Gordon went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .343.
NOTES: The Dodgers will play a split-squad set Friday, taking on the Royals in Surprise while sending most of their regulars - including Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier - to Tucson to play the White Sox. The Tucson event will benefit victims of the shooting Jan. 8, 2011 - when former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded - including the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund. The fund was established by Dodgers scout John Green to honor his daughter. ... Ted Lilly, pitching in a minor league game for the Dodgers, gave up four runs while striking out eight in five innings. ... Dodgers infielder Luis Cruz turned a double play on a line drive up the middle by Jedd Gyorko.
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