Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 4/15)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 15
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 16
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Game 3: Thursday, April 17
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Padres 3

(7-7, 2-2 away)

Dodgers 2

(5-9, 2-2 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 15, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Peavy (3-0)

    L: H. Nomo (1-3)

    S: J. Wright (1)

    Peavy picks up second win of season vs. Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy knew it would be difficult to protect late-inning leads without injured closer Trevor Hoffman.

    Bochy used four pitchers in the final two innings to preserve a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

    "It was a wild one. We used 'em all and just hung onto that one,'' Bochy said. "We got into a few jams tonight, and each guy did a good job of picking each other up. That's a great win.''

    Jake Peavy pitched shutout ball for the first six innings and Rondell White homered for the fourth time in six games, sending the Dodgers to their fourth straight loss -- all by one run.

    "We're 5-9. We've played a couple of extra-inning games and some one-run games. We can very easily be 9-5, so I don't think we can be happy with the way we played,'' catcher Paul Lo Duca said.

    Peavy (3-0) was charged with a run and five hits in six-plus innings, striking out three and walking one. The right-hander fanned a career-high 11 Dodgers in his season debut April 3.

    "It's neat to see how this kid continues to get better and better,'' Bochy said. "He did a great job tonight and he had good stuff.''

    Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy started a lineup with only three batters hitting over .237 -- excluding third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was benched with a .204 average. First baseman Fred McGriff brought a .143 average into the game and was 1-for-4.

    Both McGriff and White are in their first season with new teams. They were teammates two seasons ago with the Chicago Cubs, so White knows that McGriff -- 20 homers shy of 500 -- is just going through a phase right now.

    "He'll be OK. He's going to hit close to .300, drive in 100 runs and hit 30 homers,'' White said. "It's a crazy game, man. You can be hot for a while, you can be cold for a while. I know McGriff, and he does it every year.''

    McGriff led off the seventh with a single against Peavy, who plunked Ron Coomer with a pitch and was relieved by Mike Matthews. Jolbert Cabrera, who entered at second base during a double-switch in the sixth, drove in McGriff with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against ex-Dodger Matt Herges.

    Lo Duca opened the Dodgers' eighth with a double off Herges. Jesse Orosco came in and slipped a called third strike past Shawn Green, but Brian Jordan followed with an RBI single, trimming the Padres' lead to 3-2.

    Brandon Villafuerte gave up a two-out single by Coomer and hit Alex Cora with a pitch, loading the bases, but escaped the jam when pinch-hitter Daryle Ward grounded to first.

    Villafuerte issued a pair of one-out walks in the ninth before Jaret Wright retired Green and Jordan on foul popups to earn his first major league save.

    Hideo Nomo (1-3) allowed three runs, nine hits and six walks in 5 2-3 innings. The 34-year-old right-hander, bidding for his 100th major league victory, has lost three straight after going 15-1 over his previous 27 starts -- including a shutout at Arizona on opening day.

    "Hideo was not as sharp as we've seen him, still he only gave up three runs,'' Tracy said. "The only disappointing thing is that when you're getting the kind of pitching we are and you can't get the runs you're going to need, it's tough.''

    The Dodgers have only three runs in Nomo's last three starts, but he refused to blame anyone but himself for this loss.

    "That can't be helped,'' Nomo said of the run support. "That's just the way the game of baseball is. It's my job to be able to pitch and not allow any runs. I just had bad control tonight.''

    White, who went hitless in his first 14 at-bats this season, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with one out in the fourth when he drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field pavilion to open the scoring.

    The Padres made it 2-0 in the fifth on one-out singles by Mark Loretta, Mark Kotsay and Ryan Klesko.

    Loretta ended an 0-for-12 drought against Nomo with two singles before drawing a bases-loaded walk that extended San Diego's lead to 3-0 in the sixth.

    Tracy, desperate for some offense after watching his team lose three straight one-run decisions at San Francisco, gave Green the green light on a 3-0 pitch with two on and one out in the sixth. It almost worked, as Green sent Kotsay to the edge of the warning track in center field. The threat ended when Jordan grounded into a forceout.

    Game notes


    Dodgers hitting coach Jack Clark was back in uniform for the first time since a motorcycle spill in Phoenix on April 30 left him with a concussion, six broken ribs and nerve damage in the middle finger of his right hand. ... Klesko tried to stretch a single into a double leading off the second, but was thrown out by Green after he played the carom off the newly installed out-of-town scoreboard. ... The Padres' pitching staff had not allowed any runs in the seventh inning this season until Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

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