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Colorado at San Diego

Venue: Petco Park

Ian Kennedy said joining the San Diego Padres has rejuvenated him, and he would probably love to repay them with a string of strong outings to end the season.

The right-hander will seek to build on a superb performance Sunday while helping the Padres sweep a home series against the Colorado Rockies for the first time in seven years.

A 21-game winner in 2011 with Arizona, Kennedy was 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this year when he was dealt to San Diego (64-77) on July 31. He's 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA in six outings with the Padres but has allowed two runs or fewer in four of those games.

He gave up one run over six innings and struck out seven in a 4-1 victory against San Francisco on Monday, his first win in 12 starts versus an NL West opponent this season.

"Maybe I just needed a little change of scenery," said Kennedy, who is 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA against divisional foes in 2013. "The coaching staff, the players, everyone has just made it really easy on me to feel comfortable."

Kennedy has seemed comfortable at Petco Park lately, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last two outings there, but not in recent matchups with Colorado. He's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two meetings this season but both of those games were at Coors Field.

The Rockies (66-77) have dropped 17 of 22 on the road after a 2-1 loss Saturday. Jedd Gyorko hit the tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and used some trickery on Michael Cuddyer for a game-ending double play.

Gyorko got Cuddyer to slide into second base on Nolan Arenado's fly ball and was easily thrown out at first.

"A great play," right fielder Will Venable said. "Middle infielders try to do that all the time, sometimes it works better than others. Fortunately, for us, it worked out great."

San Diego will next try to pull off a sweep of the Rockies at home for the first time since Sept. 4-6, 2006, while adding to winless rookie Chad Bettis' woes.

Bettis (0-3, 5.45) gave up five runs over 4 2-3 innings in his seventh career start Monday, a 10-8 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We put up that many hits and that many runs, as a pitching staff you want to win that game," Bettis told the team's website. "They stole one from us, for sure. Everybody on offense was unbelievable today and as a staff we should have been better."

The right-hander has allowed 18 runs in his last four starts spanning 18 2-3 innings.

The Padres recorded their most recent sweep over the Rockies from Sept. 19-21, 2011, in Denver.

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Probable Starters

Chad Bettis, RHP
2013 stats
34.2 Innings Pitched 159.2
0-3 Wins-Losses 6-9
5.45 Earned Run Average 4.96
18 Walks 68
19 Strikeouts 142
90 Pitches Per Start 101
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 85.0
--- Wins-Losses 3-3
- Earned Run Average 2.96

Ian Kennedy, RHP
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TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Colorado5th NL West5381.39622 ½ 4-6 L 4
San Diego3rd NL West6370.474125-5 W 3
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J. ChacinShoulder
T. ChatwoodElbow
M. CuddyerHamstring
C. GonzalezKnee
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B. LoganElbow
W. RosarioWrist
T. TulowitzkiThigh
San Diego
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E. CabreraHamstring
J. JohnsonElbow
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Series Game Log
Mar 30SDSD 3-1Thayer Wilson 
Apr 1SDLAD 3-2Greinke Kennedy 
Apr 2SDLAD 5-1Haren Ross 
Jun 20SDSD 6-5Thayer Jansen 
Jun 21SDLAD 4-2Beckett Ross 
Jun 22SDLAD 2-1Ryu Stults 
Jul 10LADLAD 2-1Kershaw Despaigne 
Jul 11LADSD 6-3Hahn Haren 
Jul 12LADLAD 1-0Jansen Quackenbush 
Jul 13LADLAD 1-0Ryu Ross 
Aug 19LADLAD 8-6Correia Kennedy 
Aug 20LADSD 4-1Stults Hernandez 
Aug 21LADLAD 2-1Kershaw Ross 
Aug 29SDSD 3-2Stauffer Correia 
Aug 30SD 8:40 PM EDT  
Aug 31SD 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 8LAD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 9LAD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 10LAD10:10 PM EDT