Colorado, which hasn’t won a series in Denver since beating Florida in three straight from Aug. 19-21, took the series opener from San Diego 6-5 on Friday night.
Making his pitch for a spot in next year’s rotation, Rockies right-hander Scott Elarton won for the first time in three months, allowing one run and three hits over six innings in his first victory in six starts since June 8.
He was sent to the minor leagues on June 27 because of ineffectiveness and was recalled Sept. 5.
San Diego is limping toward the finish, having dropped seven of its last eight games.
“We’re still trying to win games,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We haven’t played all that well lately but we still want to go out there and win.”
The Padres need six wins in their last nine games to match last year’s 66-92 record.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 34 1/2 GB, NL West. Rockies - 4th place, 25 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Lawrence (8-15, 4.35 ERA). In his last start, the right-hander allowed four runs—two earned—and eight hits over five innings in an 8-7 loss at San Francisco on Monday, but didn’t figure in the decision. He has made eight career starts against the Rockies, going 4-3 with a 6.29 ERA.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (12-13, 5.11 ERA). The right-hander allowed five runs and 12 hits over five innings of a 5-0 loss to Arizona on Sunday. Jennings has made seven career starts against San Diego, going 2-2 with a 5.75 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .322 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 21 HRs; Brian Giles, 82 RBIs and 85 runs; Gary Matthews, 12 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .355 avg. and 128 runs; Preston Wilson, 34 HRs, 136 RBIs and 12 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 9-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - Lawrence’s 15 losses and 25 home runs allowed are both career worsts. … OF Nevin is 4-for-10 in his career against RHP Jennings. Rockies - INF Juan Uribe is hitting .381 (8-for-21) in his career against RHP Lawrence. … Left-handed batters are hitting .323 against RHP Jennings this season. … 3B Chris Stynes is 1-for-7 in his career against RHP Lawrence.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 28-51 on the road; Rockies - 47-29 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - 1B Ryan Klesko (shoulder), 15-day DL. Rockies - C Bobby Estalella (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Shawn Chacon (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.