The Padres joined the National League in 1969, the same year Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, "Sesame Street" debuted on TV and gas cost 35 cents a gallon. Those Padres lost a franchise-record 110 times, finishing a whopping 41 games out of first. Gary Ross lost 11 consecutive decisions. Why the look back? Because on an ugly, gray afternoon in Denver's historic Lower Downtown on Sunday, Mat Latos avoided making history. Looking like the Latos of old, the 23-year-old right-hander steered the Padres to an 8-2 victory before 38,109 at Coors Field. Latos pitched 5?2/3 innings, allowed one earned run, recorded his first win since Sept. 7 of last season, and stopped his losing streak at 10, one shy of Ross' record. "This definitely takes some weight off his shoulders," said manager Bud Black. "Hopefully, it lets him exhale a little and move forward." Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer and the Padres continued their torrid road hitting. In splitting six games at Milwaukee and Colorado, the club scored 46 runs and batted .339. The Padres are hitting .206 at Petco Park. On the road, at Petco, it didn't matter for Latos - he couldn't win of late. Six days ago in Milwaukee, the day after Latos' latest loss, bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds said to another coach, "Did you know Latos has lost 10 straight?" Latos swears it was news to him.
Latos stops winless streak in Denver
San Diego Union-Tribune | May 16