San Francisco (88-55) at San Diego (58-86)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 11, 2003
  • TV: KTVU, Ch4
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The San Francisco Giants have not had much trouble with the San Diego Padres this season.

They’ll look to continue their dominance of their NL West rivals when they meet in the finale of a three-game series at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Giants have won 11 of their 14 meetings with the Padres this season. They have outscored them 15-4 in the series’ first two games, hitting eight homers.

Edgardo Alfonzo hit a two-run homer and Ray Durham and Jose Cruz Jr. each added a solo shot on Wednesday to lead the Giants to a 7-1 win.

“They are definitely the team no matter what we do,” Padres starter Brian Lawrence said. “We can’t beat them.”

The Giants have won seven of their last nine, and their magic number to clinch the NL West is eight.

Any combination of eight wins by the Giants or losses by the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers will secure the division title for San Francisco.

Jerome Williams will try to help the Giants move closer to that goal. The rookie right-hander has lasted into the seventh inning in three straight starts. On Friday, he gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings in an 8-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Padres, who have lost four of five, need eight wins in their final 18 games to better last season’s mark of 66-96.

STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Padres - 5th place, 30 1/2 GB, NL West.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Williams (6-4, 3.45 ERA). Williams lost his only previous start against the Padres, giving up two runs and seven hits over seven innings in a 2-1 defeat on July 26.

PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Adam Eaton (8-10, 4.18 ERA). Eaton had allowed no more than four earned runs in five consecutive starts before struggling against the Houston Astros on Friday. He gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings in a 5-4 loss. The 25-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA in six career games against the Giants.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Barry Bonds, .347 avg., 40 HRs, 82 RBIs and 99 runs; Eric Young, 25 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .318 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 21 HRs; Brian Giles, 77 RBIs and 81 runs; Gary Matthews, 11 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Giants, 11-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - CF Marquis Grissom is 1-for-17 (.059) in his career against RHP Eaton. … LF Bonds has 39 homers at Qualcomm Stadium, his highest total at any road park. … C Benito Santiago was back in the lineup Wednesday after he was a late scratch on Tuesday due to the flu. Padres - RHP Trevor Hoffman has made three relief appearances since coming off the disabled list Sept. 2. Hoffman, who had two offseason surgeries on his right shoulder, has allowed one hit in three scoreless innings. … 2B Loretta is 1-for-15 (.067) over his last four games. … San Diego has lost 22 of its last 31 at home against the Giants dating to the 2000 season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 39-34 on the road; Padres - 31-42 at home.

INJURIES: Giants - RHP Jesse Foppert (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 60-day DL. Padres - 1B Klesko (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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88 K 146
49 BB 68
1.26 WHIP 1.32