Cincinnati (52-64) at San Diego (45-73)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
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  • Game info: 5:00 pm EDT Sun Aug 10, 2003
  • TV: KUSI
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Danny Graves hopes to end his seven-start winless streak as the Cincinnati Reds conclude their three-game series with the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.

Graves has not won a decision since July 1, going 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA during his slide. The right-hander has struggled all season to make the transition from closer to starter. He is 4-12 with a 5.34 ERA this season after having 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA as the Reds’ closer in 2002.

Graves, who turned 30 on Thursday, has been victimized by the home run, allowing 26 in 24 appearances, two behind major league leader Ryan Franklin of Seattle.

Graves has had success in his career against San Diego, going 2-0 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA in 16 appearances, including one start.

Reggie Taylor’s second career grand slam helped Aaron Harang to his first NL victory as the Reds snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Padres 9-5 on Saturday.

Taylor, who entered as a pinch runner in the seventh, was in a 1-for-27 slump before Saturday’s grand slam.

Brian Lawrence will try to get San Diego back on track on Sunday. Lawrence has struggled through his worst season as a pro, going 5-14 with a 4.73 ERA.

The right-hander is trying to avoid becoming the first pitcher in the NL to lose 15 games. Detroit’s Mike Maroth (6-16) and Jeremy Bonderman (5-15) are the only pitchers in the majors with at least 15 losses.

Lawrence is 3-7 at home despite a 3.49 ERA at Qualcomm this season.

STANDINGS: Reds - 5th place, 10 GB, NL Central. Padres - 5th place, 28 GB, NL West.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Graves (4-12, 5.34 ERA). The right-hander suffered a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday, yielding four runs and six hits in six innings.

PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Lawrence (5-14, 4.73 ERA). Lawrence allowed one run and six hits over six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 5.77 ERA over his last five starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .297 avg. and 61 RBIs; Adam Dunn, 26 HRs, 67 runs and 8 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .324 avg. and 52 runs; Ryan Klesko, 20 HRs and 60 RBIs; Ramon Vazquez, 9 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Reds, 3-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - Opponents are hitting .295 against RHP Graves. … SS Barry Larkin is 9-for-16 (.563) in his last four games. … Cincinnati’s 5.17 ERA is the highest in the NL. Padres - OF Klesko is 4-for-11 with a home run lifetime against Graves. … RHP Rod Beck is 15-for-15 in save opportunities. He’s also 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA. … INF Phil Nevin went 0-for-5 on Saturday, lowering his batting average from .259 to .237. Nevin has three home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 games since coming back from a shoulder injury.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 25-33 on the road; Padres - 23-36 at home.

INJURIES: Reds - OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Acevedo (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Ryan Dempster (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL. Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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D. Graves Hou vs. B. Lawrence LAA
4-15 Record 10-15
5.33 ERA 4.19
60 K 116
41 BB 57
1.45 WHIP 1.25