Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 22
San Diego2Final
Chi Cubs7
Game 2: Wednesday, April 23
San Diego2Final
Chi Cubs0
Game 3: Thursday, April 24
San Diego2Final
Chi Cubs1

Padres 2

(9-13, 4-8 away)

Cubs 1

(13-9, 8-5 home)

    2:20 PM ET, April 24, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: O. Perez (1-2)

    L: M. Clement (2-2)

    S: J. Wright (2)

    Perez pitches 6 1/3 scoreless innings for first win

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Oliver Perez was winless in his first four starts, struggling with his control as his ERA swelled to 9.00.

    Against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, the 21-year-old left-hander looked like a poised veteran.

    "It's great to see him full of confidence," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said after San Diego's 2-1 win. "Hopefully, it is something we can build on."

    Perez (1-2) was given a 2-0 lead in the third inning and that was all he needed. He struck out six in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and walking two as he lowered his ERA to 6.66.

    Coming in, he had walked 18 batters in 18 innings.

    "He's got a great arm, good stuff," Padres second baseman Keith Lockhart said. "It looked like he was under control today and had better command. We needed him today."

    Chicago lost consecutive games for only the second time this season -- the other was on April 10-11 against Montreal.

    Matt Clement (2-2) gave up both runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking one.

    San Diego got its runs when Ramon Vazquez singled and scored on a double by Keith Lockhart, who came around on a single by Ryan Klesko.

    "Unfortunately they strung together those three hits on me today," Clement said. "You wouldn't think in the third inning that that would cost you the game. But that's the way baseball is sometimes."

    Cubs manager Dusty Baker called Perez "effectively wild."

    "He was in and out of the zone," Baker said. "He was changing speeds, using his curve ball. He threw a good game."

    Perez gave up three hits in the Cubs first, but escaped without a run when Mark Grudzielanek grounded into a double play and Moises Alou took a called third strike with two on. Alou leaned back thinking the pitch was inside and reacted in disbelief at the call by plate umpire Terry Craft.

    Perez, now 21, then retired the next nine batters. He got out of a jam once again in the fifth when Tom Goodwin took a third strike with two outs and runners on second and third.

    After Eric Karros doubled in the seventh and Ramon Martinez singled, Luther Hackman struck out Damian Miller and Mike Matthews retired Lenny Harris on a popout.

    "We had opportunities," Baker said. "Invariably those runs are going to haunt you."

    Goodwin scored in the eighth on Grudzielanek's grounder off Jaret Wright after reaching on an infield hit, stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch. Wright finished the seven-hitter for his second save.

    Game notes
    Vazquez, San Diego's leadoff man, has reached base safely in 20 of 22 games this year. ... Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca, on the DL since March 21 because of a strained right hamstring, threw off the mound at Wrigley Field. He will be sent to Triple-A Iowa on a rehabilitation assignment.

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