MLB: San Diego 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

Sept. 22, 2010 at 1:01 AM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- San Diego's Clayton Richard pitched a 6-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday and kept the Padres on the Giants' heels in the National League West.

The Padres finished the night a half game behind the Giants, behind Richard's eight-hit complete game and four RBI by Ryan Ludwick.

The loss officially eliminated lame-duck Manager Joe Torre and the Dodgers from playoff contention.

Richard (13-8) struck out six and walked two in ending a personal three-game losing streak.

Chad Billingsley (11-11) took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits over five innings. Billingsley struck out six, but he also hit two batters in San Diego's three-run sixth inning.

Ludwick was 1-for-4 had a two-run single in the sixth inning. He drove in his other runs by being plunked by Billingsley in the sixth and on a fielder's choice in the ninth.

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