Colorado (57-77) at San Diego (72-62)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 4, 2004
  • TV: KTVD, Ch4
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Dennis Tankersley is winless in five starts this season. The San Diego Padres have to figure he’s due.

Tankersley will take the mound when the playoff-hopeful Padres meet the Colorado Rockies in the middle game of their series at Petco Park.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who made four starts with the Padres earlier this season, was recalled from Triple-A Portland to start against Montreal on Aug. 27. He allowed six runs—five earned—and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 10-3 loss.

“He was wild,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was erratic. He was behind too much.”

Bochy will hope for a better effort this time as the Padres try to close the gap on the wild card-leading Chicago Cubs, who did not play Friday and are off Saturday due to Hurricane Frances in Florida. San Diego currently trails Chicago by 1 1/2 games.

Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning Friday, helping the Padres rally from a five-run deficit for a 7-6 win over the Rockies in the series opener.

The seven runs matched the Padres’ total in their previous three games, as they were swept on the road by league-leading St. Louis.

Vinny Castilla homered twice and drove in four runs for the Rockies, who fell to 2-8 on their 12-game road trip. Colorado had lost nine straight before winning its previous two games against San Francisco.

The Rockies will give the ball to Shawn Estes, who will be trying for his first win in four starts.

The 31-year-old left-hander is coming off one of his worst outings of the season, allowing eight runs and 10 hits over five innings in an 8-4 loss to Florida on Sunday.

“They hit every mistake I threw,” said Estes, who lost on the road for the first time since May 23.

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S. Estes Was vs. D. Tankersley SD
15-8 Record 0-5
5.84 ERA 5.14
117 K 29
105 BB 17
1.62 WHIP 1.49