San Diego (69-58) at Washington (54-73)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 27, 2004
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The San Diego Padres will continue their push for the postseason as they open a three-game series with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.

The Padres began a 10-game road trip by taking four straight from the New York Mets to move within two games of the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild card.

Adam Eaton allowed just two hits over seven innings in San Diego’s 10-3 win on Thursday, retiring 19 of his last 21 batters he faced. The Padres outscored the Mets 26-8 during the sweep, with their pitching staff holding New York to just 22 hits.

First baseman Phil Nevin had a double Thursday to continue his torrid hitting. Nevin is batting .357 (45-for-126) since the All-Star break. He went 9-for-19 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs against the Mets as San Diego remained within five games of NL West-leading Los Angeles.

The Padres are hoping Dennis Tankersley can continue their run of good pitching.

Tankersley, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Portland on Tuesday after Sterling Hitchcock was put on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 3.20 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts, for the Padres this season.

San Diego has won all four meetings with Montreal this year.

The Expos are 2-2 on their 13-game homestand.

Montreal starter Livan Hernandez homered, but gave up eight runs—six earned—as the Expos suffered a 10-3 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Plate umpire Kevin Kelley warned both benches immediately after the Dodgers’ Masao Kida hit Alex Gonzalez with a pitch in the eighth inning.

Gonzalez, who left the game with a bruised left wrist, went for X-rays and Expos manager Frank Robinson wasn’t optimistic about the results.

“It’s too early to tell but it certainly didn’t hit him in a good spot,” Robinson said. “There’s not much meat there for protection. That’s pretty much bone and he feels pretty bad right now, so that’s not a good sign.”

Gonzalez is batting .240 with seven home runs this season with the Marlins and Expos.

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D. Tankersley Was vs. S. Downs CWS
0-5 Record 3-6
5.14 ERA 5.14
29 K 38
17 BB 23
1.49 WHIP 1.62