The San Diego Padres have their sights set on a playoff spot.
The Padres will try to improve their positioning in the tight NL wild-card race when they continue their four-game series with the West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres have won three of four to move within two games of San Francisco in the wild-card race, but they also trail the Chicago Cubs by 1 1/2 games and Houston by one.
Nevin hit a solo homer to trigger a five-run fourth inning, and then added a three-run shot in the seventh. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 40 chances.
The Dodgers have lost two straight following a five-game winning streak. They’ll be counting on right-hander Jose Lima to turn in a strong performance against the Padres.
Lima allowed three runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings Thursday in a 5-3 win over Arizona. He struck out four and walked one.
“I knew if I kept the ballclub close, we’d come back and score some runs,” Lima said. “I just wanted to keep the ball down and get some strikes.”
The 31-year-old right-hander was winless in his previous four starts, going 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA.