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SD@CHC: Moseley limits Cubs to one run through six

When the Braves arrive Monday for a three-game series at PETCO Park, Padres starter Dustin Moseley will be greeting them carrying the banner of the hardest of hard-luck pitchers so far in 2011.

Moseley boasts a brilliant 1.40 ERA through his first four starts, but he has yet to sniff a victory at 0-3 because the Padres have yet to score a single run while he's in the game through his first 25 2/3 innings of work.

When Moseley takes on Atlanta's Derek Lowe in the opener, he'll obviously be overdue for a little help, but the 29-year-old right-hander has been keeping a level head about the situation.

"It's frustrating, but you go out there and do your job and leave it up to the hitters," he said after a recent start. "These guys will start scoring 10 runs a game for me. I look forward to them getting their swings and confidence back."

Coming off a big series sweep at San Francisco against the defending World Series champion Giants, the Braves are making the most of their first West Coast swing of the year. They're off to a 4-3 start on the road trip as they meet the Padres, who are on a four-game losing streak after dropping three straight at home to the Phillies.

In Lowe, the Braves have their Opening Day starter coming off his shortest outing of the season. Pitching on three days' rest, Lowe lasted just three innings against the Dodgers, allowing five runs on nine hits, including four in the first inning.

"It was not real good at all. It had nothing to do with days' rest," Lowe said. "I never got in a good rhythm. They did a lot of taking. They beat me up. I wasn't very sharp and they took advantage of that."

Braves: Kimbrel handles the load
After three consecutive appearances for the first time in his young career, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was due for a day off Sunday -- and Jonny Venters gave him that with a 10th-inning save. Still, Kimbrel was feeling good after his heavy workload.

"That was definitely the most I've thrown in a three-day span ever," Kimbrel said. "But yeah, everything feels good. I work hard and run a lot. I guess that's why they have us do all of that stuff."

Kimbrel threw 38 pitches during a two-inning appearance for his first career blown save Thursday, another 13 in a save Friday and then took five pitches to retire Buster Posey for the final out Saturday.

Padres: Maybin enjoys the top
The Padres, who have scored just three runs in their last 41 innings, are trying to get a little spark at the top with center fielder Cameron Maybin, who led off each of the three games over the weekend against the Phillies.

Maybin, the fifth player to bat leadoff for the club so far this season, went 4-for-12 with a pair of runs scored during the weekend series.

"We're just trying to find the right combination," Black said. "He's swinging the bat well. Him and [No. 2 hitter Jason] Bartlett are swinging the bat well, so you've just got to get those guys up there as much as possible."

Worth noting
After the Phillies left town with an 11-game winning streak at PETCO Park intact, the Braves have a mere two-game streak coming into this one -- having taken two of three in their April series at PETCO a year ago. Comments