Colorado (57-76) at San Diego (71-62)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 3, 2004
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David Wells knows what it takes to reach the postseason. He thinks the San Diego Padres can do it.

Wells will try to win his fourth consecutive decision when the Padres open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.

The 41-year-old left-hander, who owns two World Series rings from his days with the New York Yankees, has been to the playoffs nine times in his career. As he tries to get there again, he’ll hope to continue pitching as he did in his last outing.

Wells allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings in an 11-3 win over the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

“It’s a big boost for a pitching staff when you get some run support, and that’s how you jell,” Wells said. “When you score runs and the pitching does well, it gives the team a lot of hope.”

With a single in the fourth inning, he also picked up his first RBI in his 100th career at-bat.

“That’s something where I’m just like everyone else,” Wells said. “I want to go out there and put the bat on the ball and try to make something happen. I got a pitch that I got lucky with. It was down and in and the bat just hit the ball.”

Wells will now try to use his arm and bat to help San Diego end a three-game losing streak. The Padres are third in the NL wild-card race—two games behind the wild-card-leading Chicago Cubs.

The Padres return home after finishing 5-4 on road trip to New York, Montreal and St. Louis. They closed the swing by dropping three straight to the Cardinals, including a 7-2 loss on Thursday.

“We knew coming in here we had to play our best ball, and we didn’t do it,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “We need to regroup and head home.”

After dropping a season-high eight straight games, the Rockies have rallied to win two straight against the San Francisco Giants.

Vinny Castilla hit a two-run homer Thursday, and Matt Holliday drove in two runs to lead Colorado to a 6-5 win over San Francisco.

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5.51 ERA 3.73
133 K 101
101 BB 20
1.70 WHIP 1.14