Colorado (55-73) at Florida (64-62)

Mostly Sunny Currently: Miami Gardens, FL, US
Temp: 83° F
  • Game info: 6:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 28, 2004
  • TV: FSFL
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Carl Pavano was not happy with the way he pitched on Sunday. He made up for it with his bat.

Pavano will try to win his third consecutive start when the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies meet in the middle game of their series at Pro Player Stadium.

The 28-year-old right-hander has won five of his last six outings, allowing two earned runs or fewer four times during that span. He gave up two runs—one earned—and five hits over six innings Sunday in an 8-3 victory over San Diego.

“I thought I was wild,” Pavano said. “I thought I was lucky to get the runs I did.”

Though he wasn’t thrilled with his work on the mound, Pavano had to be happy with the job he did at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with a solo homer—his second homer of the season—and two RBIs.

Pavano will now try to pick up where Ismael Valdez left off in Friday’s series opener.

Valdez allowed just four hits before leaving in the seventh inning because of an Achilles’ injury, and Luis Castillo hit an RBI single to lead the Marlins to a 3-0 win.

The Marlins, who had lost two straight, are tied with Houston for fourth place in the NL wild-card race, six games behind the Chicago Cubs.

Colorado, which has dropped five straight, wasted a strong outing by Joe Kennedy on Friday. Kennedy allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings.

“We’re doing what we can, but when you have that big doughnut up there, you’re not going to win,” Kennedy said.

The Rockies, who are tied for the second-worst record in the NL, have lost 10 of 12.

“It has been a drought,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “That has been a common theme lately. When we get the opportunities, we’re not coming through.”

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J. Jennings OAK vs. C. Pavano MIN
11-12 Record 18-8
5.51 ERA 3.00
133 K 139
101 BB 49
1.70 WHIP 1.17