Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 4/11)

Game 1: Friday, April 11
San Diego6
Game 2: Saturday, April 12
San Diego2
Game 3: Sunday, April 13
San Diego6

Rockies 4

(6-4, 1-3 away)

Padres 6

(5-6, 4-4 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 11, 2003

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    COL 100100020 4 9 0
    SD 30012000 - 6 12 0

    W: B. Lawrence (2-0)

    L: D. Oliver (0-1)

    S: B. Villafuerte (2)

    Lawrence, Bennett provide unlikely punch

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres made the most of some unlikely slugging from pitcher Brian Lawrence and catcher Gary Bennett.


    Lawrence threw six solid innings and hit his first career homer, and the light-hitting Bennett drove in three runs to send San Diego to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

    Lawrence gave the Padres a lift at the plate, and Bennett was still excited about the birth of his son on Thursday.

    "I'm on an adrenaline rush,'' said Bennett, whose wife, Ruby, gave birth to Gavin in Chicago on an off day for the Padres.

    Bennett, who left for the Windy City after San Diego's game Wednesday in San Francisco, did not fly back until Friday.

    "(The birth) was a little tough to top,'' Bennett said. "But it turned out to be a pretty good day.''

    Bennett, a career .259 hitter, came in with only nine lifetime homers and 68 RBI. He finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly.

    "Catching is his primary job,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hitting is icing on the cake. It's nice to have the icing on the cake, it sure tastes better.''

    Lawrence (2-0) allowed two runs on five hits. The right-hander struck out eight, including five in a row during one stretch.

    But it was his solo shot off Darren Oliver on an 0-2 fastball that proved to be stunning. The home run, which came in Lawrence's 96th career at-bat, put San Diego up 4-2 in the fourth inning.

    "I was just trying to make contact,'' Lawrence said. "I knew it had a chance, but there were some doubts.''

    Brandon Villafuerte got five outs for his second save.

    Todd Helton drove in both runs against Lawrence with a sacrifice fly and a leadoff homer in the fourth inning, his fourth of the season. Helton leads the NL with 15 RBI.

    Oliver (0-1) gave up six runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings. He hurt himself with three consecutive walks in the first inning, forcing in two runs.

    "The first inning was pretty much the game right there,'' Oliver said. "Basically, I couldn't throw down the middle.''

    Lawrence, who won his second straight decision, pitched eight innings in his last start, a 3-0 win over Los Angeles on Saturday.

    "I was a little bit off in the first inning,'' Lawrence said. "After the first, I started hitting my sliders.''

    Helton got the Rockies off to a quick start with a sacrifice fly in the first.

    The Padres quickly erased the lead in the bottom half, taking advantage of Oliver's wildness. One-out singles by Mark Kotsay and Rondell White were followed by consecutive walks to Brian Buchanan, Xavier Nady and Lou Merloni to bring in two runs. Bennett hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.

    Helton homered off Lawrence, a 423-foot shot to center to cut the San Diego lead to 3-2.

    After Lawrence homered in the fourth, Bennett hit a two-run double in the fifth to increase the lead to 6-2.

    Colorado scored twice in the eighth to cut it to 6-4.

    After Jesse Orosco walked Larry Walker to start the inning, Luther Hackman issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. With one out, Chris Stynes lined a two-run single to center, but Villafuerte came on and escaped further damage.

    Game notes

    Lawrence came in with a career batting average of .106. ... Walker reached base four times on two walks, a single and a hit by pitch. ... A win would have enabled the Rockies to equal the best 10-game start in their 11-year history.

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