It’s been four seasons since Kevin Brown last won 14 games.
Brown, who was limited by injuries during the previous two seasons, is having his finest year since he went 18-9 in 1999. However, the 38-year-old right-hander has just one win in his past four starts, going 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA.
On Monday, Brown gave up three runs and four hits over six innings, but did not earn a decision in the Dodgers’ 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Brown will now look to help the Dodgers close in on the NL wild-card lead. Los Angeles, which has won six of eight, trails the wild card-leading Florida Marlins by 3 1/2 games.
Shawn Green also added a solo homer for the Dodgers.
The last-place Padres have lost five of their last seven. They need seven wins in their final 16 games to match last season’s record of 66-96.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 30 1/2 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 2nd place, 11 1/2 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (11-10, 4.15 ERA). Peavy has allowed just two earned runs over 12 innings in winning his last two starts. On Sunday, he gave up one run and two hits over six innings in a 7-1 win over the Houston Astros. The 22-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four career games against the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Brown (13-8, 2.44 ERA). In 17 career games against his former team, Brown is 9-5 with a 3.05 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .319 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 21 HRs; Brian Giles, 77 RBIs and 81 runs; Gary Matthews Jr., 12 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .281 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 27 HRs; Beltre, 77 RBIs; Green, 77 runs; Dave Roberts, 36 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Padres, 9-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - CF Mark Kotsay is batting .150 (3-for-20) in his career against RHP Brown. … 2B Loretta needs 18 hits in the Padres’ final 16 games to break Roberto Alomar’s single-season franchise record of 184 by a second baseman. … Opposing batters are 1-for-21 (.047) against RHP Rod Beck with runners in scoring position. Dodgers - RF Green is batting .167 (2-for-12) in his career against RHP Peavy. … CF Roberts returned to the lineup Friday after missing seven games because of a stiff neck. … RHP Eric Gagne has had three strikeouts in an inning in eight of his major league-leading 50 saves this season—and at least one in all but three saves.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 27-45 on the road; Dodgers - 42-31 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - 1B Klesko (shoulder), 15-day DL. Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.