Miami (59-59) at Los Angeles (70-48)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Wed Aug 18, 2004
  • TV: FSFL, FSN2
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Odalis Perez could easily have 10 victories this season if the Los Angeles Dodgers could just score some runs for him.

Perez will try to win his third straight start as the first-place Dodgers complete a three-game series against the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins.

The left-hander, who is tied with Minnesota’s Brad Radke for the major league lead with 12 no-decisions, has gotten little run support this year. He’s next to last in the NL as the Dodgers score a meager 3.35 runs for him. Only Milwaukee’s Ben Sheets has gotten fewer runs when he pitches.

Perez has been stellar in August, going 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA. He outpitched Greg Maddux on Friday in an 8-1 win over the Cubs. Perez allowed one run and six hits over 6 2-3 innings.

“It’s not easy to go out and face a future Hall of Famer, but I learned when you face pitchers like that, you can’t allow more than two runs or you know you lose. So I was the one to beat Maddux,” said Perez, a teammate of Maddux while pitching for Atlanta from 1998-2001.

“That can build up your confidence.”

The Dodgers bounced back from their 4-2 loss in the opener, winning 6-1 on Tuesday.

They have won 10 of their last 15 games and maintain a 5 1/2 -game lead over San Francisco in the NL West race.

Adrian Beltre homered for the second time in three games for Los Angeles, and Steve Finley extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Finley, acquired from Arizona on July 31, finished 3-for-4 Tuesday and is batting .438 (14-for-32) during his run with two homer and nine RBIs. Against the Marlins this season, he is hitting .522 (12-for-23) with two homers and five RBIs.

The Marlins had their three-game win streak snapped and fell 5 1/2 games behind the Giants for the NL wild card.

Paul Lo Duca was 0-for-3 in his second game against the Dodgers since the July 30 trade that sent him, outfielder Juan Encarnacion and pitcher Guillermo Mota to the Marlins for Hee Seop Choi and Brad Penny.

Alex Gonzalez was 2-for-4 for Florida, giving him 12 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.462), spanning eight games. The shortstop has a homer and three RBIs over that stretch.

The Marlins have dropped 12 of their last 17 meetings at Los Angeles.

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I. Valdez Mia vs. O. Perez Was
14-9 Record 7-6
5.19 ERA 3.25
67 K 128
49 BB 44
1.48 WHIP 1.14