Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 22
Los Angeles 2Final
San Diego 5
Game 2: Tuesday, July 23
Los Angeles 8Final
San Diego 6
Game 3: Wednesday, July 24
Los Angeles 0Final
San Diego 8

Dodgers 0

(57-45, 28-21 away)

Padres 8

(43-58, 28-26 home)

    5:05 PM ET, July 24, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: B. Jones (7-5)

    L: K. Ishii (12-6)

    Ishii loses for fourth time in five decisions

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- If the San Diego Padres keep playing this well, they could help determine the NL West race.

    Phil Nevin

    "I just wish we were a part of it,'' Phil Nevin said after his three-run homer helped beat the staggering Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 on Wednesday.

    Although the last-place Padres came into Wednesday's games 17 games behind NL West-leading Arizona, they're 6-2 in a 12-game stretch against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. Los Angeles had led the division until hitting the wall after the All-Star break.

    After sweeping a two-game series at Dodger Stadium, the Padres came home and won two of three against Arizona and two of three against the Dodgers. They open a four-game series at Arizona on Thursday.

    "It's not like it's our goal to go out and ruin somebody's playoff hopes,'' Nevin said. "We're going out and playing good, hard baseball every day. I think we owe it to the other teams in the race to do that.''

    Ron Gant and Mark Kotsay also homered, and Bobby Jones continued an impressive stretch by Padres starters, allowing just five singles in eight innings.

    "We don't want to roll over,'' said Jones (7-5), who won for the fourth time in five decisions.

    He struck out four and walked none. Three of the hits were infield singles.

    "There's a lot of life in this club right now,'' manager Bruce Bochy said, citing the return of Nevin from the disabled list as a key factor. "They just look very determined. The rotation just looks solid now. Any time we send a guy out there, we believe we can win. It's a nice feeling.''

    The Padres handed the Dodgers their fifth straight series defeat since the All-Star break. The Dodgers have lost 11 of 14 games since the break, a slump that's cost them the NL West lead. Los Angeles has been blanked 11 times, the most in the league.

    "We have some people struggling offensively, and it begins to put a strain on other areas of your club,'' manager Jim Tracy said.

    Jones had a rough day. He slipped on a wet patch of grass and fell as he broke to cover Dave Roberts' drag bunt, which went for an infield single leading off the game, and he was hit on the right triceps by Brian Jordan's comebacker leading off the seventh.

    He came out after eight innings in part because the triceps tightened up.

    "I'm sure with the way we've been swinging, he was dying to get to us,'' L.A.'s Shawn Green said. "He's a smart pitcher and he knows how to take advantage of guys when they are struggling. He threw the ball extremely well out there.''

    Jones, who said he had his best changeup in a while, hasn't walked a batter in 22 innings over three starts since coming off the disabled list.

    "I think one reason I've been successful is I go out there with an open mind,'' Jones said. "I still have the ability to get people out at this level. If you trust your stuff and trust your abilities, good things are going to happen.''

    Nevin hit a three-run homer and Gant a two-run shot as the Padres blew open the game in the seventh off Guillermo Mota after chasing starter Kazuhisa Ishii (12-6).

    Nevin hit a 98-mph fastball and Gant a 97-mph fastball, with both homers reaching the left-field seats. Gant also had a run-scoring single, giving him seven hits and six RBI in the series.

    Kotsay had three hits, including a solo homer off Ishii with two outs in the fourth. In Ishii's only other appearance against the Padres, he threw six shutout innings in a 3-0 win at San Diego on April 12.

    Ishii lost for the fourth time in five decisions, although he does have one of just three Dodger wins since the break. Ishii allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked three.

    Jones singled leading off the seventh and Ishii was pulled after getting Kotsay to pop up. Mota came on and walked Julius Matos before allowing Nevin's homer on an 0-2 pitch. Mota then walked Ryan Klesko before serving up Gant's homer a 3-1 pitch.

    Game notes

    The Padres homered in five straight games for the first time this season. ... When reliever Brandon Villafuerte pitched one inning Tuesday night, he became the 49th player used this year by the Padres, the most in the big leagues. In 2000, the Padres set an NL record and tied the big league mark by using 56 players. Villafuerte pitched a hitless ninth Wednesday... INF Tyler Houston is to join the Dodgers in San Francisco for their three-game series starting Friday. He was obtained in a trade with Milwaukee on Tuesday.

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