Colorado (58-77) at San Diego (72-63)

Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
Temp: 69° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 5, 2004
  • TV: KTVD, Ch4
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With the San Diego Padres trying to remain in the playoff race, Brian Lawrence knows he can’t afford many bad outings.

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.

Shawn Estes pitched seven solid innings and had two hits, and J.D. Closser hit his first career homer to lead the Rockies to their third win in four games.

Todd Helton also homered for Colorado, which improved to 3-8 on its 12-game road trip.

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3-2 Record 15-14
5.15 ERA 4.12
32 K 121
13 BB 55
1.50 WHIP 1.38