Brian Lawrence has been accustomed to getting good run support from his troops. So when he went 7.1 innings and gave up one run on five hits, it was a sure victory, right?
Not exactly. The Padres bats remained dormant for much of the day.
"He deserved to win, the way he pitched," Manager Bruce Bochy said.
It wasn’t until the tenth inning that the Friars could get their second run of the afternoon. Jay Payton hit a 2-2 fastball and drove a liner past a diving Aaron Miles to drive in Sean Burroughs with the winning run. Burroughs had been hit by a pitch to open the inning, was sacrificed to second and after an intentional walk to Phil Nevin, Payton came through against his former team.
“I've been feeling good at the plate,” Payton said. “I just didn't want to do too much, just let the ball get deep and try to put good wood on it.
"We've been struggling to score runs and that makes for long days.”
Trevor Hoffman earned the win for pitching a scoreless tenth. Akinori Otsuka relieved Lawrence and pitched an inning and two-thirds. Otsuka did have a small scare in the ninth. Miles led off with a single and stole second and third. Otsuka simply struck out the side to end any threat.
A bases loaded double play from Ramon Hernandez brought in the first Padre run in the sixth.
The Rockies used a sacrifice fly from Vinny Castilla to score their only run.
Xavier Nady went 0-3 and left five men on base in his season debut. Nady, recalled earlier in the day, started in left field. His call up was somewhat of a surprise with Jon Knott already up with the club. Knott pinch hit late in the game for Terrence Long, who was hitting for Otsuka, and struck out.
Brian Giles hit into three double plays and was 0-for-5 on the night.
"It could have gotten ugly early, but I was able to make some pitches when I had to and we played good defense," said Colorado starter Shawn Estes.
Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 14 games while Payton has hit safely in 11 straight.