Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Friday, September 12
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LA Dodgers6
Game 2: Saturday, September 13
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LA Dodgers4
Game 3: Sunday, September 14
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LA Dodgers5

Padres 0

(58-88, 26-46 away)

Dodgers 4

(79-68, 43-31 home)

    10:10 PM ET, September 13, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: K. Brown (14-8)

    L: J. Peavy (11-11)

    Second straight shutout for L.A.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Brown and Shawn Green were the ones the Los Angeles Dodgers were counting on to lead them to their first postseason berth in seven years.

    Both appear ready to help them make the final push.

    Brown combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and Green homered as the Dodgers shut out the San Diego Padres for the second straight game, 4-0 Saturday night.

    Los Angeles' 12th victory in 16 games kept the Dodgers 3½ games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race and put them within a game of second-place Philadelphia. Despite this current stretch, they have gained ground on the wild-card leader only twice.

    "It's a little frustrating," Green said. "But at the same time, we keep winning and try to take care of our business. That's all we can do. Hopefully we'll sneak in there.

    "Florida's playing really well right now, but they've got a tough road ahead. I know they've got to play Philly quite a bit and Atlanta a few more times. So if we win our games, I think we'll have a good shot."

    One night after Wilson Alvarez beat the Padres 6-0 with a three-hitter for his first shutout in six seasons, Brown (14-8) scattered six singles over seven innings. He struck out nine, walked two and stranded six.

    The Dodgers' starting pitchers have thrown 33 consecutive scoreless innings.

    "I'm just glad to be a part of it," Brown said. "It was just a huge relief to have a couple of runs early. Thankfully, I was able to do something with it and keep them off the board."

    The turning point for the right-hander came quickly. Sean Burroughs and Mark Loretta opened the game with singles and were on second and third when Brown caught a broken-bat liner by Gary Matthews Jr. for the third out.

    "Brown seems to be particularly good at that," said Loretta, who was 3-for-3 against Brown. "When he gets in jams, he bears down and makes his best pitches."

    Tom Martin and Eric Gagne pitched a scoreless inning of relief apiece.

    It was the second time in two weeks that the Dodgers had consecutive shutouts; they beat Colorado 5-0 and 3-0 at home Aug. 30-31. The Padres were blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since July 25-26 of last season, when the Diamondbacks beat them 10-0 and 12-0 at Arizona.

    The Dodgers' 15th shutout tied them with Seattle for best in the majors and lowered their team ERA to 3.05 -- also the best in the big leagues. They haven't finished a season with an ERA under 3.00 since 1989 (2.98).

    Jake Peavy (11-11) allowed four runs and seven hits over four innings. One of the runs was unearned because of Loretta's fielding error at second base.

    Green, who has been playing with an ailing right shoulder since spring training, has homered in five of his last six games to raise his season total to 17.

    "He never makes excuses, and he never did," teammate Paul Lo Duca said. "But he's the kind of guy who can carry a team, and hopefully we can lean on him."

    Green hit a two-run shot to right in the first, then flied out to the fence in the second inning with the bases loaded. It would have been Green's second grand slam in six games.

    His next time up, Green flied out to the edge of the warning track.

    "My swing is a lot better right now, and my shoulder feels pretty good right now," Green said. "In August, I was getting a lot of hits, but I just wasn't getting any home runs."

    Alex Cora drove in the Dodgers' third run with a sacrifice fly in the third, and Lo Duca made it 4-0 in the fourth with an RBI single after Dave Roberts reached on Loretta's error and stole second.

    Game notes

    Loretta's three singles made him 10-for-28 lifetime against Brown. ... Brown, who set a Padres single-season record with 257 strikeouts in 1998, hasn't pitched in a postseason game since the '98 World Series -- when the Yankees beat him in Game 4 to complete a sweep of San Diego. ... Brown's win total is his highest since 1999, when he recorded his second consecutive 18-win season. Since then, he has been on the disabled list seven times totaling 210 days and is 40-22 in 92 starts with a 2.75 ERA. ... The Padres have been outscored 106-62 in the first inning. Last season they were outscored 119-87. ... Peavy entered the game as the only member of the Padres' rotation with a winning record, winning 10 of 15 decisions after the Padres had lost each of his previous eight starts (0-4).

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