San Diego (70-59) at Washington (55-74)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 29, 2004
  • TV: Ch4
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Unbeaten on the road over the last four months, David Wells will be on the mound when the playoff-hopeful San Diego Padres complete a three-game series in Montreal against the Expos.

Wells, who signed a $1.25 million, one-year contract in the offseason after spending the previous two seasons with the New York Yankees, hasn’t lost on the road since April 9, his only defeat away from Petco Park this season.

The 41-year-old left-hander won his fifth straight road game Tuesday, beating the New York Mets 3-1. He went 8 2-3 innings, allowing one run and four hits. Wells didn’t issue a walk for the 12th time this season as he won his sixth decision in his last eight overall.

Wells, who has a team-low 3.48 ERA, is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 road starts this year.

“He’s a pleasure to watch,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s a complete pitcher with command on both sides of the plate. He knows what he’s doing.”

Like Wells, the Padres have been at their best on the road. They are 37-26 away from Petco, compared to 33-33 in their new ballpark.

San Diego improved to 5-1 on its 10-game trip with Saturday’s 5-2 victory.

The Padres got homers from Phil Nevin and Ramon Hernandez as they pulled within one game of the wild card-leading Chicago Cubs. They remained five games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race.

Tony Batista and Brian Schneider had an RBI apiece for the Expos, who have dropped eight of 14 following a season-high seven-game winning streak.

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D. Wells LAD vs. S. Kim SF
12-8 Record 4-6
3.73 ERA 4.58
101 K 87
20 BB 55
1.14 WHIP 1.47