Dodgers take third series in succession

The Dodgers improved to 6-3 after winning their series with the Padres at San Diego but may have lost Shawn Green. Green, who has missed only seven games in four years as a Dodger and played all last season with a bad shoulder, left the 7-5 win in the fifth inning with tightness in his right groin suffered while scoring from second in a four-run third inning.

Hideo Nomo (2-1), who spotted the Padres a three-run lead, fought on to earn the win. Nomo gave up six hits and three earned runs, walking two without a strikeout while throwing 50 strikes in 84 pitches. Two of the first four hitters he faced hit home runs and he was gone after five innings. Wilson Alvarez shut down the Padres the next two. Tom Martin faced two batters in the eighth inning and both scored when Guillermo Mota allowed a two-out single in the eighth.

Eric Gagné got a ground ball to end the eighth and retired the side in the ninth for his 65th consecutive save over three seasons and 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings over two seasons.

Juan Encarnacion had three hits and two RBI, Milton Bradley had two hits, two RBI and two runs and Alex Cora had a pair of extra-base hits and scored twice. The Dodgers took two of three in San Diego after losing seven of 10 last year.

San Diego held a 3-0 lead after two but Alex Cora opened the third with his second triple of the year. He scored on Dave Roberts' sacrifice fly. Cesar Izturis singled with two out and scored Bradley doubled to left. Green bounced a single to right to tie the score and Paul Lo Duca and Encarnacion added singles. Green limped home with the fifth run and left the game.

Robin Ventura replaced Green and doubled home Bradley, who had walked, and was then singled in by Encarnacion in the seventh.

Alex Cora sparked the offense with a triple, double, two runs and a walk as the Dodgers produced 11 hits.

Dodger Blue Notes--The Dodgers now move to San Francisco. They were 6-13 against the Giants last year and were swept in the first series of the season against the Giants in San Francisco, losing each game by a run. They lost each of their first five games played in San Francisco by one run and were 2-8 overall at Pac Bell Park. ... Green has reached base seven of his last eight plate appearances. ... Juan Encarnacion is 5-for-9 in the last two games. ... Paul Lo Duca went 1-for-5 and has hit in all nine games. ... Wilson Alvarez pitched two scoreless innings for a total of seven innings and a 1.29 ERA. ... Guillermo Mota allowed both inherited runners to score. ... Milton Bradley has 10 hits, but nine strikeouts.

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