San Diego (32-23) at Washington (23-33)

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  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Jun 3, 2007
  • TV: Ch4, MASN
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The San Diego Padres just enjoyed one of their biggest offensive games of the season. David Wells hopes his teammates saved some scoring for when he takes the mound Sunday.

Wells and the Padres look to win their seventh straight series when they wrap up their three-game set with the Washington Nationals at RFK Stadium.

San Diego (32-23) pounded out 15 hits in its 11-3 victory over the Nationals on Saturday, as it moved into a first-place tie with Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

The Padres, who plated six of their runs in the first inning, and had not scored in double figures since defeating the Diamondbacks 10-5 on April 24.

Catcher Rob Bowen, who had just six RBIs in his first 24 games this season, drove in a career-high four runs.

Shortstop Khalil Greene went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI, after going 2-for-30 (.067) in his previous eight games.

Washington (23-33) gave the Padres some help in the opening frame, when the Nationals let a pair of catchable fly balls drop in for hits.

“I’d rather see two guys collide trying to catch the ball than looking at each other,” said Nationals manager Manny Acta, whose club has dropped three of five.

San Diego has won 14 of its last 20 games, and has not lost a series since dropping three of four to Atlanta May 7-10.

However, the Padres haven’t been providing Wells (2-3, 4.74 ERA) with much support.

Wells has pitched very well in his last three starts, allowing just four runs over 20 innings, but has posted only a 1-1 record while the San Diego offense has scored only four runs for him. The Padres have scored two runs or fewer in eight of Wells’ 10 outings this season.

The 44-year-old left-hander gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings of Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

“I would never point the finger at my teammates for a lack of run support because these guys are going out there … trying to score,” Wells said. “And that’s all you can do. I threw the pitches so I’m the one to blame.”

Wells has won his last five decisions over the Washington franchise, but he hasn’t faced them since 2004, while the club was still playing in Montreal. He is 5-3 with a 2.67 lifetime ERA in nine starts against the franchise.

Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young is 5-for-11 (.455) in his career versus Wells. Young also is swinging a hot bat. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Saturday, and is 10-for-12 with five RBIs in his last three games.

Washington starter Jason Simontacchi (2-3, 5.28) tries to bounce back from his worst outing of the season.

After giving up one run in 5 1-3 innings during a win over Cincinnati on May 23, Simontacchi got knocked around Tuesday, getting tagged for season highs of six runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 10-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five career games, including two starts, against the Padres.

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D. Wells LAD vs. J. Simontacchi WAS
9-9 Record 6-7
5.43 ERA 6.37
82 K 42
42 BB 23
1.54 WHIP 1.67