Colorado (66-73) at San Diego (60-79)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 4, 2011
  • TV: ROOT, Ch4
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The Colorado Rockies feel right at home at Petco Park, and Dexter Fowler(notes) is looking to keep it that way in their final visit of 2011.

The San Diego Padres haven’t provided much resistance during their longest losing streak of the season.

Fowler will try to continue his hot hitting in San Diego and send the Padres to a 10th consecutive loss Sunday.

Colorado (66-73) has won 12 of 15 games at spacious Petco Park, scoring an average of 5.4 runs in those victories.

“It’s not a hitter’s ballpark, but ultimately, it’s not that bad,” catcher Chris Iannetta(notes) said. “Home runs to right field, even to center field, for righties are nonexistent. But the hits are there. You just have to make sure you get good swings.”

Fowler is finding those hits, going 8 for 18 with three doubles, two triples and seven runs in four games at San Diego (60-79). He sparked Saturday’s 5-4 win with three hits, including two doubles and two runs.

Aaron Cook(notes) (3-8, 5.82 ERA) has also enjoyed success at Petco.

The right-hander is 7-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 12 starts there, and his 14 career wins over the Padres are his most against any opponent. He didn’t get a decision in his latest appearance there, allowing three runs and six hits with four walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 win in his season debut June 8 after opening the year on the disabled list with a broken hand.

Cook was better against them five days later at home, yielding two runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-1 loss.

Cook, however, is in the midst of a sluggish stretch, going 1-3 with a 7.02 ERA in his last six starts. That includes two road losses during which he’s been tagged for 12 runs and 16 hits in 10 innings.

He struggled again Tuesday, surrendering six runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 9-4 loss at Arizona.

“It is tough when you are out there pitching and you’re basically putting them in a hole being three runs down early,” Cook said. “Then you start to press a little bit.”

The Padres, who lost 10 straight Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 2010, have scored 15 runs and hit .209 during their current nine-game slide.

Mat Latos(notes) (6-13, 3.82) will try to get San Diego in the win column for the first time since Aug. 23. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in his last four starts, and has won once in six decisions over his last 11 games.

Latos gave up four runs and five hits with four walks in six innings of a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles on Monday.

He’s 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in four starts against the Rockies, allowing four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-3 defeat at Colorado in the most recent June 15.

It’s unclear if San Diego will have Cameron Maybin(notes) back from a right wrist injury. He’s been out of the lineup for seven games, and appeared only as a defensive replacement in Friday’s 3-0 series-opening loss.

Maybin is having a career year with a .275 average and 32 stolen bases, and is hitting .349 in 12 career meetings with Colorado.

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A. Cook Col vs. M. Latos Mia
3-10 Record 9-14
6.03 ERA 3.47
48 K 185
37 BB 62
1.69 WHIP 1.18


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