Series: Game 1 of 2

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 7/17)

Game 1: Wednesday, July 17
San Diego 7Final
Los Angeles 0
Game 2: Thursday, July 18
San Diego 4Final
Los Angeles 1

Padres 7

(38-56, 14-32 away)

Dodgers 0

(55-40, 28-21 home)

    10:10 PM ET, July 17, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    SD 003004000 7 - -
    LA 000000000 0 - -

    W: B. Lawrence (8-5)

    L: O. Perez (10-6)

    Lawrence 4-hits L.A. for second career shutout

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brian Lawrence added to the frustration for the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers.


    Lawrence pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout and Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer as the San Diego Padres beat the Dodgers 7-0 on Wednesday night.

    Lawrence (8-5) struck out seven and walked one to win for the first time in six starts since June 12. He got 15 groundball outs, including a double play, and allowed only one runner as far as second base while recording his third complete game in 35 career starts.

    "They've been struggling a little bit and they're trying to get back on the right track, so maybe they were a little overanxious and swinging at some bad pitches,'' Lawrence said. "I got behind the hitters more than I usually do, but after that I made some solid pitches and got some groundball outs.''

    Lawrence's other shutout came in his second start of the season, a four-hitter against Arizona. In his next outing on April 14, he blanked the Dodgers on four hits over seven innings in a 1-0 victory at San Diego.

    Los Angeles has been shut out an NL-worst 10 times, two more than last year. The Dodgers' seventh loss in eight games, coupled with Arizona's win at Colorado, dropped them 1 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

    "We had that series a week and a half ago in Arizona where we won two out of three, and I think everybody was ready to print World Series tickets. Now we've struggled ever since the All-Star break, and people are probably wanting to make plans for the offseason,'' first baseman Eric Karros said.

    "I don't think these last eight games are indicative of the way this team's capable of playing. I think the first 87 games are a better indication of that.''

    First-time All-Star Odalis Perez (10-6) absorbed his worst beating of the season, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

    The left-hander, who came within one out of his first career shutout in a 4-1 victory over the Padres on April 20 at Dodger Stadium, lost for the third time in four starts after winning his previous five decisions.

    "Tonight was the best I felt all season warming up in the bullpen,'' said Perez, whose ERA has risen from 2.81 to 3.23 since the All-Star break. "I wasn't trying to overthrow, and everything was fine. I was throwing good pitches, but they were hitting them because they're a good team.''

    Perez stranded a runner at third base in the first by striking out Nevin and Ryan Klesko. But Mark Kotsay and Julius Matos opened the third with singles and Nevin followed with a drive into the left field pavilion on a 3-0 pitch to open the scoring.

    "Every team has certain guys you've got to let go on 3-0, and Phil's one of our guys,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

    The home run was the 13th this season allowed by Perez, tying Omar Daal for the most on the staff. The fact that Perez has walked only 20 batters in 139 1/3 innings illustrates how much he hates giving hitters a free pass.

    "No pitcher ever expects a guy to swing in that situation,'' Perez said. "You've got to throw a strike. If he hits it out, he hits it out. But he swung, he made contact and he hit the ball out of the ballpark. So what can I do?''

    Nevin is the only player in the majors to have improved his batting average, home run and RBI totals in each of the previous three seasons. But he has missed 49 of the Padres' first 94 games this season because of a strained left elbow and a fractured left arm. As a result, Nevin is hitting 25 points lower than last year (.281), with 35 fewer homers (six) and 102 fewer RBI (24).

    Wiki Gonzalez, who entered in a 3-for-26 slump after sitting out five games with a strained left hamstring, drove in two runs in the sixth with a ground-rule double over the head of left fielder Brian Jordan.

    Terry Mulholland relieved Perez and gave up two-run single by Kotsay that extended the margin to 7-0. Kotsay was 3-for-5 after going 3-for-19 on the Padres' homestand.

    Game notes

    San Diego has recorded two extra-base hits in the same inning only twice in its last 87 innings, including doubles by Gonzalez and Ron Gant in the sixth. ... The Padres are 38-56 and 18 games out of first place. They haven't been this far off the pace after 84 games since 1993, when they were 26 games out with a 36-58 mark. ... Karros and Jordan, who hit behind Shawn Green, are a combined 7-for-48 since the All-Star break. ... San Diego's Deivi Cruz ended an 0-for-16 drought with a single in the fourth. ... Paul Lo Duca broke out of a 4-for-23 spell with singles his first three times up.

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