Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, July 2
Kansas City5Final
San Diego7
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Kansas City4Final
San Diego5
Game 3: Sunday, July 4
Kansas City1Final
San Diego7

Royals 1

(29-50, 10-26 away)

Padres 7

(44-37, 23-17 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 4, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    KC 000000001 1 6 0
    SD 00020230 - 7 13 0

    W: D. Wells (4-5)

    L: M. Wood (1-1)

    San Diego 7, Kansas City 1

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sweeping the lowly Kansas City Royals turned out to be pretty painful for the San Diego Padres.

    The Padres' 7-1 win Sunday was marred when first baseman Phil Nevin left with suspected torn cartilage in his right knee and David Wells had another impressive start interrupted when he fouled a ball off the inside of his right ankle.

    Nevin was taken for an MRI. If he has torn cartilage, he'll require arthroscopic surgery and could be out for a minimum of two weeks. Ryan Klesko will move from left field to first base starting Monday night, when the Padres host Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros.

    Wells (4-5) fouled a ball off his ankle in the sixth and hobbled around in pain. He was tended to by a trainer and finished his at-bat, striking out swinging, but didn't go out for the seventh.

    "I've been throwing pitches and guys have been fouling stuff off their feet for years and now I got the first taste of it," said Wells, who expects to be able to make his next start.

    Until signing with the Padres in the offseason, the 41-year-old lefty spent the majority of his career in the AL and didn't have to bat. His only other NL experience was with Cincinnati in the second half of the 1995 season.

    "It was stinging pretty good," Wells said. "I've got sensitive feet, I guess. But I felt great pitching. You don't want to come out of ballgames like that, especially when you're just throwing strike after strike after strike, and you're making your pitches and having some short innings."

    Wells, who won consecutive starts for the second time this season, struck out a season-high seven and allowed four runs in six innings. He didn't walk a batter.

    Nevin, the cleanup hitter, was forced out two innings earlier.

    Nevin singled to center field off rookie Mike Wood in the fourth and looked OK as he broke out of the box, but then began limping a few steps down the line. He was checked out by trainers at first base and left the game. Nevin walked gingerly as he went down the dugout steps.

    Nevin missed a game at Arizona last week with a sore right knee.

    "He's been feeling it a little bit there," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been getting treatment. They thought it was a piece of cartilage moving around, and it looks like it moved in a tough spot there."

    The Padres won for the 10th time in 13 games and swept consecutive home series, dating to their last homestand, for the first time since 1999.

    The Royals, just 10-26 on the road, fell a season-high 21 games under .500.

    Wells and two relievers combined on a six-hitter against the Royals, who at 29-50 have the AL's worst record. Ricky Stone allowed Ken Harvey's 10th homer of the season in the ninth, ending the shutout bid.

    "It's tough, but we must continue to teach the young guys how to play the game," manager Tony Pena said. "We are going to make mistakes, and you saw the results today."

    Wells retired the first nine Royals batters before Jose Bautista singled to right leading off the fourth. Rookie shortstop Khalil Greene then made a great play on Tony Graffanino's grounder to start a double play, diving to his right to catch the ball and rolling over and throwing to second baseman Mark Loretta.

    Greene hit an RBI double off rookie Wood (1-1) before Wells came up to bat in the sixth, and Mark Loretta added a sacrifice fly to give the Padres a 4-0 lead.

    San Diego scored three runs in the seventh off Rudy Seanez. Sean Burroughs had an RBI infield single and Terrence Long and rookie Humberto Quintero each hit a sacrifice fly.

    Quintero had two RBI, and Ryan Klesko and Jeff Cirillo, who replaced Nevin, each scored twice.

    Wood, making his third big league start, allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in five-plus innings. He struck out six and walked four. ^Notes:@ Harvey and Padres 2B Mark Loretta were picked as reserves to the All-Star teams. ... Royals 1B Mike Sweeney sat out again with a stiff back. ... Darren Bragg, signed as a free agent Saturday night, had a pinch-hit infield single in his Padres debut. ... Stone also made his Padres' debut. ... General manager Kevin Towers said the Padres have asked the Diamondbacks what it would take to acquire center fielder Steve Finley, who played for San Diego from 1995-98. The Padres are waiting to hear back. "We've got several other things we're working on," Towers said.

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