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San Diego 8, Los Angeles 3

4/14/2004

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adam Eaton got all the help he needed from his
San Diego Padres' teammates.

Eaton allowed two runs in seven innings, and the Padres had a
six-run fourth inning in their 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to have a little cushion and finally get on top,"
said Easton, staked to a 6-1 edge. "Then, once you get that kind
of lead, you just want to throw strikes and make them earn it."

Eaton (1-0) allowed six hits, struck out six and didn't walk a
batter in his second start of the season, both against the Dodgers.
In his first start, he gave up one run in eight innings.

"You always have questions on how they are going to approach
the game the second time," Easton said. "You have to make them
adjust to you. Right now, it seems I'm a little ahead of them with
the adjustments that I'm making. As long as I keep throwing the
ball like I am, I feel that I can get a lot of guys out."

The Padres matched their biggest inning of the season when they
scored six runs in the fourth on six hits off Jeff Weaver (0-1).
They put together five hits in a row following a leadoff walk in
the process of taking a 6-1 lead.

Ramon Hernandez had the fifth straight hit, a two-run single
with the bases loaded. With two out, Sean Burroughs added an RBI
single to chase Weaver.

"Obviously, you don't want to walk the first guy in the
inning," Weaver said. "That kind of throws a wrench in the whole
thing. Then it was simply not making an in-inning adjustment. It
was pretty obvious that they were sitting offspeed or I was showing
something from the stretch that they were recognizing offspeed."

In his only other start this season, Weaver allowed just one run
on eight hits in seven innings without getting a decision against
the Padres in Los Angeles. On Tuesday night, he gave up six runs on
eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

"Weaver just had one bad inning," Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca
said. "He was throwing the ball really well. He just left some
pitches in the middle of the plate."

San Diego's Mark Loretta added a two-run double in the seventh
off Darren Dreifort, extending his season-long hitting streak to
seven games. Burroughs had two singles to keep his season-long
streak going as well.

"This is the first night that our offense really clicked on all
cylinders," Loretta said. "We didn't get any home runs, but we
got a lot of base hits, getting the ball in the gaps and scoring
runs."

Shawn Green hit his second homer of the season for the Dodgers
in the seventh to cut it to 6-2.

Lo Duca extended his season-long hitting streak to seven games
with a RBI single to open the scoring in the second. With that, the
Dodgers also recorded their first run in 10 innings against Eaton
this season.

Eaton recorded the first stolen base in the four-game history of
Petco Park on the front end of a double steal in the seventh ahead
of Loretta's double.

The win improved Eaton's career record to 5-1 against Los
Angeles with a 2.13 ERA.

"Being able to throw a curve ball for a strike is a big part of
my game right now," Eaton said. "It's definitely location,
location, location, just like real estate."

The Padres also scored six runs against the Dodgers in the fifth
inning of an 8-2 victory in the first game of the season.

"The big inning did it for us (again)," Padres manager Bruce
Bochy said. "We had a lot of good at-bats in that inning."

Game notes
Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth was placed on the disabled
list retroactive to April 6 because of a strained oblique muscle.
In his only appearance this season, he struck out as a pinch-hitter
on Opening Day. To take Werth's spot, the Dodgers recalled
outfielder Chin-Feng Chen from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... San Diego's
David Wells, not used to batting over the previous eight seasons in
the American League, sneaked into the batting cage a day before his
next scheduled start, but left feeling some sting from the bat.
"You can get yourself hurt out there," Wells said.