He’ll try to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season when the Padres conclude a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.
The 28-year-old right-hander allowed five runs and 12 hits over 4 1-3 innings Tuesday in a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He had earned complete-game victories in his previous two starts, allowing one run and 11 hits over 18 innings.
He admitted that his best pitch—the sinker—was not working Tuesday, limiting his effectiveness.
“If I go out there without it, I’m already at a disadvantage,” Lawrence said. “I can’t throw a flat 84 mph fastball and that’s basically what I had.
“I tried to move it in and out the best I could and I thought I was going to get through with limited damage, but they ended up getting me.”
Lawrence will hope for a better result as the Padres try to avoid losing for the fifth time in six games.
San Diego managed just four hits in an 8-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday, falling two games behind the idle Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.
Todd Helton also homered for Colorado, which improved to 3-8 on its 12-game road trip.