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Peavy's two-hit performance features 13 strikeouts

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy struck out Jason Grabowski to end the eighth inning with a runner on second base, then ran off the mound, smiling and pumping his right fist.

"I felt like I was in Omaha, like some of those college kids," Peavy said after dominating the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers and leading the San Diego Padres to a 1-0 victory Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

"That was just a lot of adrenaline. This is the loudest I've ever heard Petco Park," Peavy said.

The 24-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 13 and held Los Angeles to two hits in eight innings.

Peavy had originally been scheduled to start Sunday at Minnesota, but was pushed back a day in part so he could get an extra day's rest, but also so he could face the Dodgers.

"I was told that. I'm not sure I was supposed to say that," said Peavy, who in his previous start lost 8-4 at Detroit on Tuesday in a game that included a rain delay of 1 hour, 43 minutes.

"Obviously you've got to win these games in your division," Peavy said. "It pumped me up that they wanted me to face L.A., and I wanted to face L.A. I hope the team feeds off this."

The NL West-leading Padres won their third consecutive game after losing 12 of 15 to start June. The Dodgers lost their seventh in a row.

Brian Giles went 3-for-3 with a walk, including a one-out double in the fourth inning that drove in the game's only run. Trevor Hoffman put runners on first and second in the ninth before finishing for his 18th save in 20 chances, and the 411th of his career. It was the first time the Dodgers had two runners on base all game.

Peavy (6-2) retired the first 13 Dodgers before Olmedo Saenz singled to left past diving shortstop Khalil Greene. Dodgers starter Brad Penny doubled in the sixth, with the ball hanging up under the bench in the Dodgers' bullpen down the right-field line. Penny reached third with two outs before Peavy struck out Jason Repko. Peavy walked only one.

"The way he was throwing early on, he was almost unhittable," Saenz said.

"Jake was light's out tonight," catcher Robert Fick said. "He was right there with everything."

Said Padres manager Bruce Bochy: "It's hard to be any better. His stuff was electric. What an effort. We needed it, because the other guy was pitching well, too."

With Ramon Hernandez nursing a sore wrist that could land him on the disabled list, Fick caught for the second time in three games, and he clearly meshed well with Peavy.

"Robert's a great competitor," Peavy said. "Unbelievable. The dude can catch me anytime we go out there.

"Obviously when somebody's on the same page and you notice he's giving you a fist behind the plate, between his legs, letting me know, 'I'm with you here,' that gets you excited, pumped up, along with 40,000 people screaming," Peavy said.

Peavy, whose 2.27 ERA last year was the lowest in the majors, was coming off his first back-to-back losses of the season. Throwing more changeups than he normally does, he struck out eight of 10 from the last batter of the first through the fourth, when he struck out the side.

"The guy threw a great game," Penny said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the National League. It's fun to pitch against a guy like that."

Giles' one-hop double to the fence in left-center with one out in the fourth scored Fick from first. Fick led off with a single to right.

Giles "hit all my pitches tonight," Penny said. "It was a 3-2 changeup and he hit it pretty good in the gap."

Penny (3-4) allowed one run and six hits in six innings, while striking out four with no walks.

Notes

  • Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, will undergo a second MRI in Los Angeles on Tuesday and be examined by team doctor Frank Jobe.
  • OF Milton Bradley, who tore a ligament in a finger on his right hand on May 29, had an MRI Monday that showed healing in the area, manager Jim Tracy said. Bradley had an injection, and won't do any baseball activities for five days.
  • Padres RHP Adam Eaton played catch before the game and said his right middle finger felt fine. He missed his schedule start Monday night due to a strained flexor tendon in the finger. Eaton had an MRI on Monday and it showed that nothing was torn. The pitcher said he should know by Tuesday whether he'll be able to start Friday night against Seattle.
  • Peavy's previous strikeout high was 11, three times.
 
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Right-hander Jake Peavy retires the first 13 batters and finishes with a career-high 13 strikeouts.  (AP)
Right-hander Jake Peavy retires the first 13 batters and finishes with a career-high 13 strikeouts. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 13
San Diego

B. Giles
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS4000011 .295
Jason Repko, RF3000021 .210
   a- Mike Edwards, PH1000010 .351
J.D. Drew, CF2000220 .276
Jeff Kent, 2B4010001 .291
Olmedo Saenz, 3B-1B4010012 .299
Hee Seop Choi, 1B3000021 .243
    Antonio Perez, PR-3B0000000 .340
Jayson Werth, LF3000022 .239
Jason Phillips, C3000011 .259
Brad Penny, P2010010 .136
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Grabowski, PH1000011 .185
    Kelly Wunsch, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Totals3003021410 
a-struck out for Repko in the 9th
b-struck out for Carrara in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Penny (1, Peavy)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (L,3-4) 6611040 3.82
Giovanni Carrara 1000000 4.31
Kelly Wunsch 0.2100100 4.26
Duaner Sanchez 0.1000010 3.92
WP - Kelly Wunsch (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 106-71, Giovanni Carrara 7-6, Kelly Wunsch 16-8, Duaner Sanchez 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 7-7, Giovanni Carrara 3-0
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 24, Giovanni Carrara 3, Kelly Wunsch 4, Duaner Sanchez 1
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF4020000 .283
Robert Fick, C4110002 .362
Ryan Klesko, LF4000002 .277
    Xavier Nady, LF0000000 .262
Brian Giles, RF3031100 .283
Phil Nevin, 1B4010024 .268
Sean Burroughs, 3B3000001 .277
Khalil Greene, SS3000023 .251
Damian Jackson, 2B3000000 .242
Jake Peavy, P3000010 .048
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals311711512 
Batting
2B - Dave Roberts (11, Penny), Brian Giles 2 (21, Penny, Penny)
RBI - Brian Giles (38)
SB - Dave Roberts (13, 2nd base off Wunsch/Phillips), Brian Giles (5, 3rd base off Penny/Phillips)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Burroughs-Jackson-Nevin
E - Phil Nevin (3, misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,6-2) 82001130 2.56
Trevor Hoffman (S,18) 1100110 4.24
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 124-77, Trevor Hoffman 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 4-7
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 27, Trevor Hoffman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41643
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Tim Tschida