Lawrence readies for rubber match

Lawrence readies for road rubber match

The San Diego Padres have not won a series since the All-Star break and will turn to Brian Lawrence on Thursday morning in a rubber match of a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Padres, losers of 13-of-15 games, have not so much as split a series since July 14-17 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team they are battling for the National League West lead. San Diego has not won a series since taking two of three at Colorado July 8-10.

Lawrence is 3-3 with a 4.54 ERA lifetime against the Pirates, including 2-1 with a 5.12 ERA at PNC Park.

Mark Redman shut out the Padres for six innings on April 7, but the Friars won the game in 12 innings, 1-0. It was his only career outing against San Diego.

The game is being telecast exclusively on MLB.TV.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Brian Lawrence
• 5-11, 4.50 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 2.57 ERA vs. PIT in 2005

PIT: LHP Mark Redman
• 5-11, 4.30 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. SD in 2005

Player to watch
Former Pirates player Joe Randa is 6-for-15 with a home run and four RBIs lifetime against Redman.

Quotable
"You never rule that out. You look at what Houston has done this year, what Oakland has done, what we did in May... Teams get hot. You never know, but sure, that's a long shot. I think everybody understands that your best chance is to win this division." -- Manager Bruce Bochy, on the team's chances for qualifying for the National League's Wild Card berth

On the Internet
MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• SD: MLB.TV
• PIT: MLB.TV

On radio
• SD: XPRS, XEMO (Español)
• PIT: KDKA 1020

Quick hits
Heading into Wednesday's action, the Padres ranked 13th in the National League in average (.258), 13th in runs (455), 14th in total bases (1,427) and 15th in doubles (173). ... San Diego is only 15-21 in day games. ... Even after the 9-8 loss Wednesday, the Padres are 19-11 in one-run games.

On deck
• Friday: at Nationals, 4:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: at Nationals, 4:05 p.m. PT
• Sunday: at Nationals, 10:05 a.m. PT

Chris Adamski is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.