San Diego (75-67) at Colorado (62-79)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Denver, CO
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 12, 2004
  • TV: Ch4, KTVD
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The San Diego Padres will try to recover from their worst loss of the season and keep pace in the NL wild-card race when they close out their four-game set with the Colorado Rockies.

Losers of eight of 12, the Padres were routed 13-2 on Saturday.

“This shouldn’t happen this time of the year,” Padres center fielder Jay Payton said. “Every loss hurts and we know we have to win almost every game.”

San Diego is 2 1/2 games behind wild-card leaders San Francisco and Chicago with 20 games to play.

In Saturday’s loss, starter Adam Eaton gave up seven runs and a career-high 12 hits in five innings.

“Eaton had buzzard’s luck,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “Not many hard hit balls, but a lot that found holes.”

Brian Giles could play a big role in Sunday’s outcome, as he is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) with a home run, four RBIs and nine walks against Colorado’s starter, right-hander Jamey Wright.

After Sunday’s game, the Padres will continue their 11-game road trip with a four-game series with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matt Holliday and Clint Barmes had three RBIs apiece for the Rockies, who had 18 hits, their season high for a nine-inning game.

Garrett Atkins hit his first career homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, Barmes was 3-for-5 and every position player had a hit for Colorado, which has won seven of 10—all against teams still in the playoff race.

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J. Peavy Bos vs. J. Wright LAD
15-6 Record 2-3
2.27 ERA 4.12
173 K 41
53 BB 45
1.20 WHIP 1.61