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The San Diego Padres are battling the Los Angeles Dodgers, trying to repeat as National League West Division champs. Several former Portland Beavers have been in the thick of the pennant race with their parent club - in good and bad ways.

Terrmel Sledge hit a go-ahead single in Sunday's 2-1 San Diego win over the Dodgers. 'It was a dream of mine to play in Dodger Stadium,' he tells the San Diego Union-Tribune. He grew up in Granada Hills, Calif., and blew out his hamstring last year at Dodger Stadium playing for Washington. 'Now I helped us get a big win in Dodger Stadium. It's a dream come true.'

The next night, however, former Bevo closer Jon Adkins became part of history by giving up the first two of four consecutive L.A. home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Trevor Hoffman gave up the other two - it was the fourth time in major league history one team has hit four homers in a row. The Padres lost 11-10 in 10 innings on Nomar Garciaparra's walk-off homer.

Sidewinding reliever Cla Meredith, who spent part of the season in Triple-A, has been sensational, going 5-1 with a 0.82 ERA in 38 games. He recently gave up his first home run of the year. 'He's fearless. He's an inspiration to all of us,' Chris Young tells the Union-Tribune.

Stats as of Thursday: Paul McAnulty, .250; Manny Alexander, .200; Sledge, .241; Ben Johnson, .246; Adkins, 2-1, 4.03 ERA; Brian Sweeney, 2-0, 3.31; Mike Thompson, 4-5, 4.77.

- Jason Vondersmith