Padres blank Reds, 2-0
SAN DIEGO - Brian Lawrence never doubted himself.
Lawrence snapped a five-game losing streak, pitching six sharp innings to lead the San Diego Padres past 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.
''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 after a baserunning blunder in the fourth 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.''
Notes: The Reds were blanked for the fourth time. … Casey was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before the game with a sore left groin. Dunn was shifted from RF to 1B, and Ruben Mateo played RF. … 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.