06/19/2003 2:01 AM ET
Lawrence aims for series win
San Diego (23-50) at Colorado (36-37), 6:05 p.m. PT
The Padres had a comeback on their minds Wednesday night as they sent the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning. But the Rockies held on for a 5-3 win.
These two teams will be back at it on Thursday in the final game of the four-game series.
The Padres can close out the series victory by taking Thursday's meeting. It would be only their fourth series win of the season -- one of which is against the Rockies -- and the first since taking two of three from the Cubs at Wrigley Field, April 22-24.
Staff ace Brian Lawrence will get the chance to put the Padres back on the winning side for a team that has won four out of its last seven games. The right-hander is 2-2 in his last five starts, but holds a 3.33 ERA in that span. Lawrence set his season-high of eight strikeouts in his win over Colorado on April 11.
Veteran left-hander Darren Oliver will start for the Rockies in a repeat matchup of that game in April. Played in San Diego, the Padres rocked Oliver for six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
SD: RHP Brian Lawrence (4-7, 4.52 ERA)
2003: (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Colorado
Career: (3-1, 6.34 ERA) vs. Colorado
COL: LHP Darren Oliver (3-5, 5.21 ERA)
2003: (0-1, 12.46 ERA) vs. Padres
Career: (3-2, 4.99 ERA) vs. Padres
Players to watch:
Sean Burroughs stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .296. ... Xavier Nady went 2-for-4, including a double and an RBI. ... Mark Loretta's 11-game hitting streak came to an end as he went 0-for-3. But he did drive in a run on a sac fly and is now batting .309. Mark Kotsay had an RBI double and scored a run. Ryan Klesko doubled and scored in the ninth.
"We'll try and come out and get this one tomorrow, and this will be a decent road trip. We'll come out battling and put this one behind us and play nine hard ones tomorrow." -- Padres manager Bruce Bochy
On the Internet:
SD: Ch. 4
SD: KOGO 600, XEMO 860 (Sp.)
COL: KOA 850/ KMXA 1090 (Sp.)
The Padres are 4-5 against the Rockies this season. The teams will meet in San Diego for three games next week. The season series will conclude in September with three games at Coors Field and the final three games at Qualcomm Stadium.
It was 66 degrees at game time on Wednesday. Light rain began to fall in the fifth inning. A high of 76 with a low of 57 degrees is expected on Thursday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Friday: vs. Seattle at 7:05 p.m. PT
Saturday: vs. Seattle at 7:05 p.m. PT
Sunday: vs. Seattle at 2:05 p.m. PT
Monday: vs. Colorado at 7:05 p.m. PT
Tuesday: vs. Colorado at 7:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday: vs. Colorado at 7:05 p.m. PT
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.