right-handed dustin may (4-1, 2.68 earned run average) will open the opener for the Dodgers against the left-hander Blake Snell (1-5, 4.89 ERA). With the help of the bullpen, May defeated Snell and the Padres a week ago in San Diego when he hit six in six innings 2-1 Dodgers win. Snell also pitched six innings and knocked out six in the loss.
The Padres went into their 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins Thursday with a .205 average and runners in the scoring position, the worst in the majors. And before Thursday, San Diego was nine to 67 (.134) in eight games, with runners finishing second and third.
The Dodgers (23-15, .605) lead Arizona in the National League West by 2 1/2 games. San Diego is in third place with a record of 19-19, .500 and four games behind first place.