Although he's pitching relatively well, Ian Kennedy hasn't earned a win during the San Diego Padres' recent hot stretch.
He'll try to change that while leading his club to a season high-tying fifth consecutive victory and a season-best sixth in a row at home in Wednesday's finale against the Colorado Rockies.
San Diego's 4-1 win over Colorado on Tuesday was its 10th in 13 games, and 14th in 18 home contests.
Kennedy (8-10, 3.51 ERA) hasn't earned a win in his last two starts despite giving up three runs over 11 innings. He yielded two runs in six innings Friday in Pittsburgh but suffered a 2-1 defeat. It was his second game since skipping a start due to mild soreness in his left oblique.
"It wasn't my best stuff, but you try to battle through it
You try to limit the damage and grind through it," Kennedy told MLB's official website. "I'm still not 100 percent. But it's slowly getting better."
Kennedy is 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in his last seven starts and 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in last three starts against Colorado. He yielded a solo homer, three singles and a pair of walks while striking out nine in seven innings in a 6-1 win in Denver on July 7.
Kennedy will face a Rockies team that's lost 20 of 26, and 22 of 25 on the road. Colorado (46-73) had claimed six of this season's first 10 meetings with San Diego before its back-to-back losses in this visit to Petco Park.
'It's frustrating because we have just not put anything together,' said Corey Dickerson, whose ninth-inning homer was his third in three games.
The Padres (56-62) swept a three-game set from the Rockies on Sept. 6-8 in San Diego and have won seven of the last nine meetings there. They are seeking their first five-game overall win streak since June 29-July 4 and first six-game home win streak since an eight-gamer June 10-21, 2013.
Even with a short-handed lineup, the Padres might have a good chance at accomplishing those goals when they face a struggling Tyler Matzek (2-7, 5.32).
The rookie left-hander, 1-4 with a 6.09 ERA in his last six starts, gave up three runs, four hits and a season-high five walks over five innings in Friday's 5-3 loss in Arizona. The Rockies are 2-9 in his starts.
Matzek was charged with five runs, eight hits and four walks while pitching opposite Kennedy last month, his only other matchup with San Diego.
Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso did not play in that game and both might be missing for this one as well. Cabrera was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hamstring, and Alonso was forced to leave Tuesday's game with a strained right forearm.
Among the Rockies' notable absences are Troy Tulowitzki (hip), Carlos Gonzalez (knee) and Michael Cuddyer (shoulder). Tulowitzki's replacement at shortstop, Josh Rutledge, is 5 for 13 (.385) with one home run in his career against Kennedy, but 1 for 23 in his last seven games.
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