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Monday, August 11
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (46-71) at San Diego Padres (54-62), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.72)
San Diego - Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.28)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jesse Hahn tries to keep the San Diego Padres on track
when he takes the mound Monday in the opener of a three-game series versus the
Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.
The Padres have won two in a row, three of four and eight of their last 11
games, and hope Hahn can continue a strong rookie campaign. Hahn, though, had
a personal three-game winning streak stopped in Tuesday's 3-1 loss at
Minnesota and gave up all three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Hahn is still a dominant 7-3 with a 2.28 earned run average in 10 starts and
had allowed only one run in each of his previous three outings. The right-
hander and Virginia Tech product has never faced the Rockies and is 3-2 with a
2.43 ERA in five starts at Petco Park.
San Diego has won three straight and seven of eight games at home, and is
31-27 as the host this season. The club went 3-2 on a recent road trip through
Minnesota and Pittsburgh, and won the last two portions of a three-game series
against the Pirates, including Sunday's 8-2 victory behind a solid performance
from All-Star pitcher Tyson Ross.
Ross limited the playoff-hopeful Pirates to a pair of runs in six innings to
push his record to 11-10 this season. Seth Smith had a double and a triple to
go along with three RBI and both Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko posted two RBI.
Smith cleared the bags with a three-base hit during a four-run fifth inning.
"I think it's just a matter that we're playing much better right now," said
San Diego manager Bud Black. "You know, early in the season we had our
problems, but we worked on them and it's paying off now."
The Padres have won all 14 series they have played at PNC Park. The last time
they lost a series in Pittsburgh was in July 2000 at Three Rivers Stadium. San
Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera was a late scratch with a left hamstring cramp
and he could return Monday.
In other team news, the Friars are expected to call up promising prospect
Rymer Liriano in time for Monday's game. The outfielder was hitting a combined
.292 this season with 14 home runs and 66 RBI between Double-A San Antonio and
Triple-A El Paso. He missed all of last season after recovering from
reconstructive elbow surgery.
Colorado opened a six-game road trip by losing two of three matchups against
the Arizona Diamondbacks, but recorded a 5-3 win in 10 innings Sunday.
Corey Dickerson hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the 10th and
Wilin Rosario later followed with an RBI single for the Rockies, winners for
just the second time in the past 10 tries. Rosario and Ban Paulsen also
homered and Brandon Barnes recorded three hits in the win.
Paulsen was recalled from Triple-A Colorado before the game after outfielder
Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list.
Matt Belisle got the win in relief and LaTroy Hawkins posted his 18th save
with three strikeouts in the bottom of the 10th. Rockies starting pitcher
Franklin Morales gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings.
"It wasn't easy for him today," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss of Morales.
"He lived on the edge for most of the outing."
Jordan Lyles will take the mound for Weiss Monday and is 6-1 with a 3.72
earned run average. Lyles took the mound in Wednesday's 13-4 rout of the
Chicago Cubs and needed the run support after allowing four runs in six
innings. It was Lyles' first appearance since June 4 versus Arizona.
Lyles, a right-hander, is 2-0 in seven road assignments and only 1-3 with a
6.93 ERA in five career starts against the Padres. Lyles has faced San Diego
twice this season, going 0-1 across 8 1/3 innings with nine runs and 11 hits
Colorado is 6-4 against San Diego this season.
08/11 10:28:06 ET