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Game 131 Preview: 08/31 Padres vs. Rangers

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The Padres are back home after a 2-4 road trip to the East Coast, and hope to turn their luck around at Petco Park. Tonight they begin a record-long 11-game homestand that starts with a three-game set against the Texas Rangers.

Tyson Ross will get the ball for the opener and go for his second straight victory. His last time out the Padres gave him enough run support to get him the winning decision, despite the four earned runs he gave up through his six innings against the Nationals. He tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in that appearance while only walking two batters. Ross has pitched against Texas six times in his career, but only twice as a starter. He has a 2-2 record against them while posting an overall 3.71 ERA.

Taking the mound opposite Ross will be Colby Lewis as the Rangers kick off what will be their longest road trip of the year. The right-hander is looking for a career-high 15th win of the season as he makes just his second career appearance against San Diego. His first attempt came in July of this season when the Padres traveled to Arlington. He went seven innings against them, giving up three runs on five hits, including a home run. Lewis is coming off a loss against the Blue Jays in which he threw five innings of four-run ball and gave up two homers. It was his sixth multi-homer outing of the season, but third in August alone. Hopefully the Padres can give him his fourth on the last day of the month.

Game time: 7:10 pm PT
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)