After going 10-15 last season, Lawrence is off to an 8-4 start in 2004. However, he is coming off a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday in which he allowed all five runs in five innings. Lawrence had given up just a combined two earned runs in his previous three starts.
“He’s been so solid this year,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday. “He was just a little bit off tonight. He was close to getting us through the fifth there without his best stuff.”
San Diego ended its season-high six-game losing streak on Saturday, rallying to beat Toronto 3-2.
“We were aware of the kind of funk we were in,” said San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman, who earned his 367th career save, moving him into a tie for fourth place all-time. “Any win’s important, but to come back in the fashion we did tonight and even up the series, was big.”
Hoffman said he wasn’t thinking about his spot on the career list.
“Not to discredit it at all, but after six losses in a row, our focus and my focus was definitely on getting us a win. Ultimately, good things individually will happen, but for me personally there’s more of a grind in, ‘Let’s get this victory for the club.”’
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, Sean Burroughs hit a leadoff double to left, then alertly advanced on Mark Loretta’s groundout to third, delaying his break until Eric Hinske threw to first. Burroughs scored the tying run on Brian Giles’ single to left, and Giles scored the winning run on Ryan Klesko’s double to right. Second baseman Orlando Hudson’s relay throw from short right short-hopped catcher Gregg Zaun and Giles scored standing up.
Giles was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Blue Jays can be happy with the performance of pitcher Josh Towers, who held the Padres to just five hits and one run in seven innings. Opponents had been hitting .370 against Towers, who hadn’t pitched in nine days.
“I felt kind of tired,” he said. “I hung a couple of sliders in the seventh and I just felt like I shouldn’t have been out there” for the eighth. I feel bad saying that but I wanted to win the game.”