San Diego (8-8) at Arizona (8-8)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Phoenix, AZ
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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Fri Apr 22, 2005
  • TV: Ch4
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With the San Diego Padres offense starting to turn around, Tim Redding hopes to earn his first victory in the opener of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.

Redding has lost both his starts this season for the Padres, who acquired him March 28 from the Houston after he failed to earn a spot in the Astros’ rotation.

The 27-year-old right-hander gave up five runs—including three homers— and six hits in five innings in San Diego’s 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

“I feel like I threw the ball better than I did the first time out, but going five innings is embarrassing for me because I’m not a five-inning pitcher,” said Redding, who struck out six and walked one but threw 99 pitches.

Redding also lost his first start, a 6-3 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 10, as he allowed five hits and four unearned runs in five innings.

The Padres are showing signs of breaking out of their slump, having won three of their last four games since a four-game skid and combining for 18 runs in the victories.

Ryan Klesko had three hits two RBIs as the Padres beat the Dodgers 6-1 on Thursday, ending Los Angeles’ eight-game win streak. Klesko went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .264 for San Diego, which had 15 hits.

Dave Roberts and Mark Loretta also had two hits each and scored a combined three runs while catcher Ramon Hernandez continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Diamondbacks return home after a 4-3 loss in 13 innings to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Chad Tracy hit a three-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who concluded their road trip 2-5.

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T. Redding Tor vs. B. Halsey NYY
0-6 Record 8-12
10.57 ERA 4.61
19 K 82
17 BB 39
1.99 WHIP 1.44