Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 4/3)

Game 1: Thursday, April 3
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Game 2: Friday, April 4
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Game 3: Saturday, April 5
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Game 4: Sunday, April 6
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Dodgers 1

(2-2, 2-2 away)

Padres 6

(1-3, 1-3 home)

5:05 PM ET, April 3, 2003

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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W: J. Peavy (1-0)

L: K. Ishii (0-1)

Peavy strikes out career-high 11 as Padres end skid

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres looked like a whole different team on Thursday.

 Jake Peavy
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They wore camouflage jerseys to honor the military. And they won, decisively.

Jake Peavy struck out a career-high 11 and combined with two relievers on a two-hitter as the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 Thursday to snap a three-game losing streak. Mark Loretta hit a three-run triple to highlight the five-run fourth, when the Padres took their first lead of the season.

"I think it was big for this ballclub, just to get our first win and the way we did it," the 21-year-old Peavy said. "We had good pitching, we had timely hitting. There's not a lot of big-name guys on this team and we're not expected to do much, but we're going to get after it."

Peavy, making his 18th career start, humbled the Dodgers' 3-4 hitters, striking out left-handers Shawn Green and Fred McGriff three times each. Peavy (1-0) allowed one run and one hit -- Brian Jordan's second-inning homer -- in five innings. He walked five and committed one of the Padres' four errors.

McGriff struck out four times and the Dodgers, who won two of three at Arizona in their opening series, whiffed 16 times total. They stranded 10 baserunners.

Peavy said he gladly would have traded some of his strikeouts for more innings.

"I'm not a strikeout pitcher," he said. "I want to be known as a pitcher who works myself deep into ballgames and keeps my team in games and wins games.

"I think it's key to be able to believe in yourself to get a strikeout when you really need a strikeout, like with guys on third with one out. You sense moments in a game when you need to bow your back, so to speak, and get a strikeout."

Jordan said Peavy "was selectively wild, whatever you want to call it. He threw well; I give him credit. He smelled that win. He stepped it up."

Peavy said the key to getting Green and McGriff was to pitch inside, "and that opens up everything else. I was fortunate today. Just take it for what it's worth. It was a good day."

Peavy rolled his left ankle and tumbled off the mound after making a pitch to Todd Hundley in the fourth inning. He was checked by the trainers and stayed in the game.

The Padres' big inning spoiled the return of Kazuhisa Ishii, who made his first start since he was hit in the head with a line drive on Sept. 8, suffering a skull fracture and a concussion.

Ishii (0-1) was sharp the first three innings, then allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in the fourth.

"It is tough having one bad inning," Ishii said.

Brian Buchanan walked and rookie Xavier Nady doubled with one out in the fourth. Sean Burroughs hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1, and Lou Merloni walked. Gary Bennett singled to left to give the Padres their first lead this season.

Burroughs was forced at home for the second out, but Loretta hit a 1-1 pitch down the right-field line and into the Dodgers' bullpen to clear the bases. The ball rolled under the bullpen bench and it took Green a few seconds to dig it out. Loretta was 3-for-5.

"I like that corner, where they have to dig it out," said Loretta, a Padres newcomer. "It turns into an Easter egg hunt."

The Padres scored only six runs total as they were swept in their first three games by San Francisco.

Rondell White, acquired in a spring training trade with the New York Yankees, had an RBI single in the sixth for his first hit with the Padres.

Jordan homered to left with one out in the second, his third.

Ishii allowed five runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings, walked three and struck out two.

The Padres wore camouflage jerseys and olive green caps for the fourth straight year to honor the area's large Navy and Marine Corps population. Military officials say one-fifth of the Marines and sailors deployed to the war in Iraq are from bases in the San Diego area.

Game notes
L.A.'s Darren Dreifort returns to the majors Friday night on the same mound where he blew out his right elbow on June 29, 2001. Dreifort tore the medial collateral ligament and the flexor tendon and underwent the second reconstructive surgery of his career. ... Dodgers reliever Steve Colyer made his big league debut in the sixth inning. ... Padres rookie reliever Mike Bynum singled off Colyer for his first big league hit, loading the bases with two outs in the sixth. Nady then popped up. ... After the game, the Dodgers optioned Colyer to Triple-A Las Vegas and purchased the contract of 3B Ron Coomer from Vegas. They activated RHP Guillermo Mota after his four-game suspension for hitting the New York Mets' Mike Piazza with a pitch on March 12.

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