Padres 2, Reds 0
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Even as he dropped one decision after another, Brian Lawrence never doubted himself.
“My confidence hasn’t left. I lost five in a row but I felt like I could have won two or three of those,” Lawrence said. “I want to finish the last two months on a strong suit.”
Lawrence (6-14) gave up six hits, winning for the first time in seven starts since July 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out four and walked two.
Luther Hackman and Jay Witasick each pitched a hitless inning, and Rod Beck worked the ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances. Beck put two on before retiring pinch-hitters Sean Casey and Russell Branyan to complete San Diego’s seventh shutout of the season.
Danny Graves lost his sixth consecutive decision despite pitching well for the Reds, who were blanked for the fourth time.
“This whole year so far, we just can’t get both the pitching and hitting at the same time,” Graves said. “Obviously, it’s frustrating losing but I know the position players feel a lot worse for us if we pitch well.”
“I’m trying to stay back on the ball and let it come to me so that I can drive it,” White said.
White redeemed himself for a baserunning blunder in the fourth that cost the Padres a run. After he doubled with one out, Sean Burroughs sliced a hit down the left-field line—but White was thrown out after slowing up two steps from home plate.
“I didn’t think the ball was coming, it was my bad,” White said. “The catcher (Kelly Stinnett) fooled me. He was just standing there so I didn’t think that they were coming home.”
Graves allowed 10 hits in six innings.
“You can’t get much better pitching than we have had on the six games onthe road,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “And we are going back 1-5.”
Casey was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before the game with a sore left groin. Dunn was shifted from right field to first base, and Ruben Mateo played right. Mateo had three hits. Dunn is 2-for-24 (.083) and hasn’t driven in a run since July 30, which includes 10 games and 28 at-bats. … Cincinnati’s Barry Larkin is 10-for-18 (.556) in his last five games. … Loretta extended his hitting streak to nine games. … The Reds finished withan all-time record of 140-128 at Qualcomm Stadium.