Padres rookie Xavier Nady goes 3-4
The San Diego Padres beat the LA Dodgers today 9-5 in a game that pushed LA 3-1/2 games behind Florida in the wild-card race, with seven games left and three teams in between.
Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Padres scored the game's first seven runs behind Mike Bynum who recorded the win. Bynum (1-3) allowed three runs and six hits, struck out six and walked none.
All the runs on Bynum came in the third. He allowed three extra base hits in the inning and one single.
Perez left the game after getting a blood blister on his left hand, trailing 4-0 after allowing hits to the first five batters he faced. Perez (12-12) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one.
Xavier Nady went 3-for-4, driving in runs in the second and fourth innings.
Brian Giles drove in two runs, one in the first on an infield single and another in the fifth. Brain Buchanon was thrown out at home trying to score from second on Giles single.
Two other runners were plated on wild pitches. One in the second by Edwin Jackson scored Sean Burroughs and Masao Kida plated Gary Matthews Jr. in the seventh with a wild pitch of his own. Matthews had doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Burroughs.
Paul Lo Duca singled in a run in the seventh and doubled in another run in the ninth off Trevor Hoffman. It was the first run Hoffman has allowed since returning to the Padres on September 7th from offseason shoulder surgery.
Mark Loretta singled twice to give him 184 hits this season, which tied Roberto Alomar's team record set in 1989. Good call Kim.
Khalil Greene was held out of Monday's lineup with Ramon Vazquez getting the start at short and batting eighth. Greene is nursing a hip bruise that he aggravated this weekend.
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