Los Angeles (59-42) at San Diego (57-45)

Partly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 30, 2004
  • TV: KCOP, Ch4
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Adam Eaton has made a habit of shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He’ll try to do it again as the San Diego Padres try to make up ground on the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Eaton is 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 13 career starts against the Dodgers. He has dominated them this season as well, going 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three outings, including a 3-0 victory Sunday.

The 26-year-old right-hander allowed one hit through seven innings to help the Padres avert a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.

“They were feeling good after (a 12-2 win on Saturday), so I could have put some money down that they were going to have a letdown,” said Eaton, who retired the first 10 batters he faced. “Each game is different and each game is going to have a different story. … We came back ready to play.”

Eaton has bounced back from six straight losing decisions from April 18-May 31, going 5-2 with a 2.64 in his last nine outings.

Los Angeles holds a 2 1/2 -game lead over the second-place Padres, and has won 11 of the previous 15 meetings from its division rivals. Eaton hopes to help San Diego cut into the deficit right away.

“Any time you’re going against the team that is ahead of you it’s going to be a big game,” said Eaton.

The Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Thursday, taking three of four from San Francisco.

Phil Nevin singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Padres claimed sole possession of second place in the division. Nevin is batting .436 (17-for-39) with four homers, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored in July.

Jayson Werth homered and made a running catch in left field to help the Dodgers hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. David Ross also homered for Los Angeles, which has won 13 of its last 17 overall, and 10 of 13 on the road.

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13-13 Record 11-14
4.01 ERA 4.61
153 K 153
67 BB 52
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