San Diego (17-11) at Atlanta (13-13)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Thu May 6, 2004
  • TV: TBS
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Mike Hampton knows he needs to have better control of his pitches.

He’ll continue trying to correct that problem when the Atlanta Braves complete their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Turner Field.

Hampton, who has allowed 21 earned runs in 25 1-3 innings this season, is still searching for his first win. He had one of his strongest efforts of the season Saturday, allowing just two runs and five hits over five innings in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

His control problems, however, were evident when he walked home a run in the third. Despite that, Hampton said he was happy with his overall effort.

“I just trusted my fastball and worked both sides of the plate,” Hampton said. “For me to be successful, that’s what I have to do.”

After winning Tuesday’s series opener 4-2, the Braves could not break through against Padres left-hander David Wells on Wednesday.

Wells allowed just five hits in seven-plus innings to lead San Diego to a 2-0 victory. Brian Giles had an RBI single, and Mark Loretta knocked in the other run with a sacrifice fly.

Padres starter Brian Lawrence will look to follow Wells’ strong performance with one of his own. The 27-year-old right-hander struggled in his most recent start, giving up five runs and nine hits through five innings of a 7-6 win over the New York Mets.

He allowed all five of his runs in the first inning before settling down.

“I tried to make the pitches in the first and I missed a few spots that they hit,” Lawrence said. “I felt decent. I wasn’t getting overpowered.”

San Diego has won seven of its last nine.

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B. Lawrence LAA vs. M. Hampton Ari
15-14 Record 13-9
4.12 ERA 4.28
121 K 87
55 BB 65
1.38 WHIP 1.53