With time not on their side, the wild card-contending Los Angeles Dodgers can't afford another subpar performance against the San Diego Padres.
The Dodgers have the additional challenge of visiting Petco Park, where San Diego has been terrific for the past two months, as they attempt to cut their playoff deficit Tuesday night.
With only nine games remaining, Los Angeles (79-74) has a small margin for error as it seeks its first playoff berth since 2009. The Dodgers put themselves in that position by dropping 10 of 14 entering a three-game set at Cincinnati over the weekend.
They would take two of three from the NL Central champions for their first series win since August, and Adrian Gonzalez snapped a 25-game homerless drought with two solo shots in a 5-3 victory Sunday.
"Just win, man, that's all that matters," said Gonzalez, who hadn't homered since his first at-bat with the team Aug. 25. "We can't go out there and win a series anymore. We've got to go out there and try to swe...