It’s been more than five months since David Wells lost on the road.
The 41-year-old left-hander goes for his 10th straight victory away from Petco Park and seventh consecutive win overall as the San Diego Padres wrap up the season against the major league-worst Arizona Diamondbacks.
Wells, 9-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 road starts this season, hasn’t lost on the road since April 19 at San Francisco.
The burly southpaw has also won six straight decisions overall, though he didn’t receive a decision in his last two outings. Wells allowed three runs and seven hits over eight innings Wednesday, helping the Padres to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Giants.
San Diego won each of Wells’ last eight starts down the stretch, but was unable to stay in the hunt for the NL West entering the season’s final weekend.
Wells, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to play for his hometown Padres after his second stint with the New York Yankees, is topping off a strong campaign that saw San Diego win 23 more games than it did last season (64), the biggest turnaround in club history.
The Padres, who were officially eliminated from the playoff race Friday, lost 7-6 on Saturday, the team’s fourth defeat in the last 11 games.
San Diego will finish with a winning record for the first time since 1998, when it won the NL West with a 98-64 record and reached the World Series, which it lost to Wells and the Yankees in four games. The Padres were last in the division the previous two years.
The Diamondbacks had lost 10 of 12 before Saturday’s win.
Shea Hillenbrand doubled twice and scored twice for Arizona, which is wrapping up the worst season in franchise history.
World Series champions in 2001, the Diamondbacks had never lost more than 97 games in their seven-year existence. They were 65-97 in their expansion year of 1998, their only other losing season.