The right-hander tries a seventh time to win his first game of 2011 when the Padres conclude their weekend set with the Rockies on Sunday.
Trailing 7-1, San Diego (16-23) scored eight runs in the final three innings to beat Colorado 9-7 on Saturday. Brad Hawpe(notes) went 3 for 5 and hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to help the Padres win for the fourth time in six games at Coors Field.
Hawpe, who played his first six-plus seasons for the Rockies before they cut him in August, is batting .365 with two homers and seven RBIs his last 15 games.
“It was fun,” Hawpe said Saturday after his first start against his former team. “I’ve been thinking about that for several months now. It was a special moment for me.”
Now, the Padres hope Latos (0-5, 4.86 ERA) can turn things around and give them a chance to win the series. Latos is 0-10 with a 6.18 ERA in 11 starts since beating the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 7.
“I don’t know what to say, to be honest with you. I really don’t. There’s no excuses for what happened,” he said.
Latos has been hurt by a lack of run support during the skid, receiving two runs or fewer while on the mound in nine of those games, including Monday when he allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Milwaukee.
“His stuff is fine. It’s just a matter of stringing pitches together,” manager Bud Black said.
Latos is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts versus Colorado (20-17), which has lost nine of 12 and is 9-15 since winning 11 of its first 13.
The Rockies have scored 24 runs the last three games, but allowed 25 during that 1-2 stretch.
“Just when you think you’ve got (the offense) going, you have a breakdown at the back end of the game,” said manager Jim Tracy. “The game is a vicious cycle.”
Jason Hammel(notes) (3-2, 3.02) hopes to settle the Rockies’ staff when he takes the mound in the finale. The right-hander had given up two runs over 20 2-3 innings while going 2-0 in his previous three starts before he allowed four in seven innings of a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday.
“I’m very pleased with the way Hammel is gaining an understanding of what damage control is all about,” Tracy told the Rockies’ official website.
Hammel, who will pitch despite being hit on the left calf with a batted ball, is 3-1 with a 4.99 ERA in nine starts versus San Diego, but suffered the lone defeat in the last meeting Sept. 14 when he gave up four runs and 10 hits in four innings of a 7-6 loss at Coors Field.