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Four Padres combine on shutout

8/10/2003

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Even as he dropped one decision after another,
Brian Lawrence never doubted himself.

Lawrence pitched six sharp innings to snap a five-game losing
streak, and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0
Sunday.

"My confidence hasn't left. I lost five in a row but I felt
like I could have won two or three of those," Lawrence said. "I
want to finish the last two months on a strong suit."

Rondell White had three hits, including an RBI single. Gary
Bennett also drove in a run with a single in the sixth inning.

Lawrence (6-14) gave up six hits, winning for the first time in
seven starts since July 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He
struck out four and walked two.

Luther Hackman and Jay Witasick each pitched a hitless inning,
and Rod Beck worked the ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances. Beck
put two on before retiring pinch-hitters Sean Casey and Russell
Branyan to complete San Diego's seventh shutout of the season.

Danny Graves lost his sixth consecutive decision despite
pitching well for the Reds, who were blanked for the fourth time.

"This whole year so far, we just can't get both the pitching
and hitting at the same time," Graves said. "Obviously, it's
frustrating losing but I know the position players feel a lot worse
for us if we pitch well."

Mark Loretta and Phil Nevin opened the sixth with singles off
Graves (4-13). After Ryan Klesko struck out, White hit an RBI
single before Bennett singled home another run with two outs.

"I'm trying to stay back on the ball and let it come to me so
that I can drive it," White said.

White redeemed himself for a baserunning blunder in the fourth
that cost the Padres a run. After he doubled with one out, Sean
Burroughs sliced a hit down the left-field line -- but White was
thrown out after slowing up two steps from home plate.

"I didn't think the ball was coming, it was my bad," White
said. "The catcher (Kelly Stinnett) fooled me. He was just
standing there so I didn't think that they were coming home."

Lawrence worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth
by striking out Adam Dunn and getting Brandon Larson on a grounder.

Graves allowed 10 hits in six innings.

"You can't get much better pitching than we have had on the six
games on the road," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "And we are
going back 1-5."

Game notes
Casey was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before
the game with a sore left groin. Dunn was shifted from right field
to first base, and Ruben Mateo played right. Mateo had three hits.
Dunn is 2-for-24 (.083) and hasn't driven in a run since July 30,
which includes 10 games and 28 at-bats. ... Cincinnati's Barry
Larkin is 10-for-18 (.556) in his last five games. ... Loretta
extended his hitting streak to nine games. ... The Reds finished
with an all-time record of 140-128 at Qualcomm Stadium.