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San Diego 8, Los Angeles 5

7/9/2003

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Mark Loretta went 4-for-4 with three runs and
Sean Burroughs had three RBI as the San Diego Padres beat the Los
Angeles Dodgers for the fifth straight time, 8-5 on Tuesday night.

This two-game sweep followed a three-game sweep at Dodger
Stadium last week. The Padres scored 33 runs in those five games
against the Dodgers, whose 2.90 team ERA is the best in the big
leagues. The last-place Padres have beaten their rivals nine times
in 12 games this season.

The Dodgers, whose .240 team batting average is better only than
Detroit's, have lost 13 of their last 15. It was just the third
time in that span that the Dodgers scored more than three runs.

All-Star Rondell White drove in two runs as the Padres piled it
on against Wilson Alvarez (0-1), who was making his first start
since last July 14, while with Tampa Bay.

Alvarez, making the spot start in place of Kevin Brown, allowed
six runs and eight hits in four innings. Brown missed the start
because of a lower abdominal strain and the Dodgers don't know if
he'll be able to pitch at Colorado on Sunday.

Adam Eaton (4-7) beat the Dodgers in consecutive starts and
improved to 4-1 in his career against LA. It was just his third win
in his last nine decisions. He allowed six hits and four runs -- one
earned -- in 6 2-3 innings, with four strikeouts and one walk.

Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his eighth save in as many
chances. He allowed two singles and a walk, loading the bases with
two outs, before getting All-Star Paul Lo Duca on a game-ending
groundout to second.

Loretta hit an RBI triple and had three singles, including an
RBI base hit in the seventh. Gary Bennett hit an RBI single in the
eighth.

Burroughs hit an RBI single in the first and a two-run single in
the third that fell in just in front of diving right fielder Shawn
Green to give the Padres a 4-1 lead.

The Padres made it 6-1 in the fifth. Gary Matthews Jr. drew a
leadoff walk and scored on Mark Loretta's RBI triple to
right-center. Green had a shot at the ball, but it glanced off his
glove. White followed with a single to score Loretta.

Green hit a solo homer with two outs in the sixth, his 10th, to
straightaway center field. After the Dodgers chased Eaton by
closing to 6-4 in the seventh, Green came up with runners on first
and third and two outs. Reliever Jay Witasick got him to ground
out.

Pinch-hitter Daryle Ward hit a sacrifice fly and Alex Cora an
RBI single in the seventh. The Dodgers pulled to 7-5 on Adrian
Beltre's RBI groundout in the eighth.

The Dodgers' scored their first run in the second when, with Lo
Duca aboard on a leadoff double, Eaton committed two errors on
Beltre's chopper.

Game notes
Matthews, Loretta and White -- the top of San Diego's order
-- went 7-for-11 with four RBI and six runs scored. ... Burroughs
also drove in three runs May 16 against Atlanta. ... Dodgers
manager Jim Tracy said Brown played "vigorous catch" in the
outfield on Monday, but the team isn't sure about his mobility and
thus his ability to field his position if he were to start on
Sunday. ... Padres slugger Phil Nevin will begin a minor league
rehab assignment on Monday and plans to rejoin the big league club
on July 29 in Pittsburgh if everything goes well. Nevin has been
out since dislocating his left shoulder diving for a ball in left
field on March 7 during a spring training game.