San Diego (77-67) at Los Angeles (83-60)

Cloudy Currently: Los Angeles, CA
Temp: 59° F
  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Tue Sep 14, 2004
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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.

Phil Nevin homered twice and drove in four runs Monday, and David Wells won his fifth consecutive decision as San Diego recorded a 9-7 victory in the series opener.

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.

Shawn Green hit two solo homers, and Jayson Werth added a two-run shot for Los Angeles, which saw its lead over second-place San Francisco shrink to 4 1/2 games in the West.

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.

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J. Germano Sea vs. J. Lima NYM
1-2 Record 13-5
8.86 ERA 4.07
16 K 93
14 BB 34
2.11 WHIP 1.24