Toronto (28-38) at San Diego (33-32)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 18, 2004
  • TV: RSN, Ch4
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David Wells hasn’t had much room for error lately.

The veteran left-hander hopes for some offensive support when the slumping San Diego Padres begin a three-game interleague series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Petco Park.

Wells is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts, leaving him at 2-4 on the season. In his 10 starts, the Padres have scored just 14 runs while Wells was in the game.

Wells hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two outings, including Sunday’s 6-5, 12-inning loss in his return to Yankee Stadium. Wells allowed five hits in seven shutout innings. It was his first start against his former team since signing with the Padres during the offseason.

The Padres have dropped a season-high five straight games, including a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday.

Jay Payton, moved up from sixth to leadoff in the Padres’ order, hit a one-out triple in the fifth and scored on Mark Loretta’s sacrifice fly for San Diego’s lone run.

The Blue Jays, another of Wells’ former teams, have dropped four straight, including an 8-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Roy Halladay, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, gave up five runs and five hits over 5 1-3 innings.

With slugger Vernon Wells joining All-Star Carlos Delgado on the disabled list this week, the Blue Jays have dropped six of seven to drop 10 games below .500.

“I always feel it’s important for me to go out and pitch well. I don’t think it’s any greater because we’re missing guys,” Halladay said. “We did a good job of scoring runs today, and that should be enough to win some ballgames. We just had some tough breaks.”

Vernon Wells was placed on the DL Wednesday with a strained right calf. Delgado hopes to return to the lineup when the Blue Jays return home to face Tampa Bay on Tuesday

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