The struggling Dodgers failed to clinch the division title for a fourth consecutive game Wednesday night, staggering to a 5-0, one-hit loss to the Padres.
The Dodgers finished a trip against also-rans Washington, Pittsburgh and San Diego at 3-6 while losing five of their past six and scoring two runs in the past three games.
The Dodgers lead the incoming second-place Rockies by 2 1/2 games and now hold only a one-game lead over Philadelphia for home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Dodgers once led the division by as much as 9 1/2 games. They are off Thursday while the Rockies play the Brewers.
Jon Garland, whose playoff role is undetermined, didn't help his chances by allowing a three-run homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff and five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. The only hit off Padres starter Clayton Richard in seven innings was Matt Kemp's first-inning bouncing single to left field.