San Diego (65-63) at Colorado (60-68)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 26, 2006
  • TV: Ch4, FSRM
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The San Diego Padres look to shake their struggles at Coors Field and even their series with the Colorado Rockies when the three-game set continues on Saturday.

The Padres (65-63) lost Friday’s series opener 13-5, snapping their four-game winning streak. After giving up just four runs in its last four games, San Diego allowed the Rockies’ (60-68) first six hitters in the order to go a combined 16-for-23 with 12 runs scored and 11 RBIs.

“We were off tonight,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We just had an overall off night.”

Despite the loss, San Diego remained one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West after the Dodgers lost to Arizona 9-7 in 15 innings on Friday.

The Padres own the second-best road record in the NL at 32-27, but have lost four of their last five at Coors Field. The are just 5-9 against Colorado this season.

Clay Hensley (7-10, 4.07 ERA) makes his scheduled start Saturday, after making an unexpected appearance out of the bullpen in his last outing.

Hensley, scratched from his start last Saturday after feeling pain in his left buttock, allowed one run and four hits in four innings in a 2-1 win over Arizona Sunday after starter Chris Young left after one inning with a strained muscle in his upper back.

“He saved us,” Bochy said. “He was a little sore, but he gave us a great effort.”

Hensley has been pitching well lately, although it is not reflected in his record. He has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his last seven outings, but is just 2-3 in that stretch.

The right-hander has struggled on the road this season, going just 1-5 with a 4.88 ERA in 15 outings. He is also 0-5 with a 6.66 ERA in his last nine road starts.

The second-year pitcher is 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in six career games against Colorado.

The Rockies counter with Jason Jennings (7-10, 3.32), who also has been pitching much better than his record indicates.

Jennings leads the NL with a 2.03 ERA and .205 opponent batting average since June 15, but has gone just 3-4 in 13 starts in that span.

The right-hander has not won since July 30, going 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his four August starts as his offense has scored just four runs for him in those games.

He allowed two runs, both on solo homers, and four hits in six innings of a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.

Jennings tries to reverse his fortunes versus the Padres, a team he has gone 3-0 against with a 1.64 ERA in three starts this season. The six-year veteran is 9-4 with a 4.47 in 19 career starts against San Diego, his most wins against any opponent.

Colorado had scored just 15 runs during a six-game losing streak before snapping the skid with Friday’s win. The Rockies matched their season high with 18 hits. Brad Hawpe had the first four-hit game of his career and tied a career high with four RBIs.

“It’s good to score some runs,” said Hawpe, who hit his first home run at Coors since May 16, a span of 40 games.

Todd Helton also had a four-hit game to raise his average to .302—the first time since July 7 his average has been above .300.

Helton is batting .404 (21-for-52) with five doubles and seven RBIs in his last 13 games, and is 20-for-51 (.392) with five doubles and eight RBIs in 14 games against the Padres this season.

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C. Hensley Was vs. J. Jennings Oak
11-12 Record 9-13
3.71 ERA 3.78
122 K 142
76 BB 85
1.34 WHIP 1.37

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Saturday, Aug 26