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Padres Flirt With First, Win Series in Chavez Revine 

The Padres took two out of three from the Dodgers but came out of the series the same way they came in, trailing the Giants by half a game. They did enjoy a day back in first when they won on Wednesday after the Cubs shut the Giants out. But a 13-0 shellacking by San Francisco over Chicago coupled with a Friar loss dropped them back in second in both the NL West, and the idle Braves, for the Wild Card. The Rockies will return home to face San Francisco after losing four straight. They have fallen 3.5 games out of first. The Padres will play the Reds in Petco Park for the next three games. Here is how the Padres fared up in Los Angeles the last three days.

September 21st, 2010 Padres 6 Dodgers 0

WP Clayton Richard (13-8) 9IP 8H 0R 0ER 2BB 6K 0HR

LP Chad Billinglsley (11-11) 5IP 6H 5R 5ER 3BB 6K 0HR

Clayton Richard shook off his three previous bad starts with a resounding performance Tuesday night, pitching a shutout and eliminating the hated Dodgers from playoff contention. Richard got a game-ending double-play to close out his first complete game of 2010.

Richard also got some great run support from his fellow teammates. Ryan Ludwick had a big hit with two outs in the top of the third, scoring Miguel Tejada and Adrian Gonzalez for a 2-0 lead. Ludwick had 4 RBI

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