Colorado (18-31) at San Diego (28-22)

Partly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
Temp: 76° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon May 31, 2004
  • TV: FSRM, Ch4
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After a successful road trip, the San Diego Padres return home to Petco Park to host the struggling Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series.

The Padres wrapped up their season-high 12-game trip with a 7-5 mark after Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. San Diego won three of its four series during the trip, giving it 10 series wins this season. Last year, San Diego didn’t win its 10th series until Aug. 10.

One reason for the Padres’ success on the trip was the play of third baseman Sean Burroughs, who hit safely in all 12 games. Burroughs hit .354 (17-for-48) during the trip, raising his average to .332.

The Rockies come in mired in a deep slump after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to San Francisco. Colorado, which totaled just six runs in getting swept by the Giants over the weekend, has lost four straight and 10 of its last 11.

Colorado’s lineup will have a new look Monday, with second baseman Aaron Miles occupying the leadoff spot. Miles, who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, hit .258 with three homers and 11 RBIs during his first stint with the Rockies earlier this year.

“We’re looking for juice in the leadoff spot. So we’re going to run him out there on top,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Miles replaces Luis Gonzalez, who will become a utility player off the bench for Colorado. Gonzalez had been batting leadoff despite a .299 on-base percentage. He was also thrown out on all four of his steal attempts.

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