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Sunday, May 18th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (21-23) at Colorado Rockies (24-20), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Donn Roach (1-0, 2.57) Colorado - Juan Nicasio (4-2, 3.77)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Donn Roach will make his first major league start on Sunday when the San Diego Padres play the rubber match of their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Roach gets the nod in place of Andrew Cashner, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with elbow soreness. Roach has appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen for the Padres this season and has posted a 1-0 mark to go along with a 2.57 ERA.

San Diego manager Bud Black is hoping to get at least 60 pitches out of the right- hander, whose longest stint this season was 4 1/3 innings. He did make 54 minor league starts last season.

"If it's an easy 60, he might keep going," Black said. "But I doubt we'll take him into the 80s.

"He threw two innings the other night and had two days off. He has started in his past and he's got a sinkerball where, if it's working, he should be efficient. We'll find out."

Colorado, meanwhile, will counter with righty Juan Nicasio, who is a perfect 3-0 in six starts against the Padres with a 2.89 ERA.

Nicasio had a personal two-game winning streak stopped on Sunday in Cincinnati, as he allowed four runs (2 earned) and five hits over six innings, dropping him to 4-2 on the year with a 3.77 ERA.

The 27-year-old hurler may get himself back into the win column on Sunday, as he is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA in five home starts.

San Diego evened this series on Saturday, as Seth Smith and Carlos Quentin each hit a two-run homer and the Padres rolled to an 8-5 win.

Yonder Alonso hit a two-run double among his pair of two-baggers, while Robbie Erlin (3-4) allowed four runs on nine hits over five-plus innings for the Padres.

"A lot of two-out hits which was nice to see," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Troy Tulowitzki's solo shot highlighted his three-hit night, while Carlos Gonzalez pounded a two-run double among his two hits and three RBI for Colorado, which has dropped six of its last eight games.

Jordan Lyles (5-1) surrendered six runs on five hits and six walks over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.

"He was having a hard time getting a feel for it tonight," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Lyles.

San Diego and Colorado split a four-game set at Petco Park in mid-April.

05/18 10:21:55 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
 
4th
BRK 110
DET 105
 
4th
SAC 106
LAL 97
 
4th
ORL 88
PHI 96
 
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
 
3rd
MIN 53
IND 62
 
3rd
OKC 64
NOP 67
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
 
2nd
ALA 60
APP 59
 
2nd
KSU 48
NDST 48
 
2nd
WASU 57
SJST 39
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
3rd
DET 1
COL 1
 
3rd
EDM 5
DAL 5
 
2nd
BOS 1
BUF 1
 
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
2nd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA