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Peavy, Padres finish off three-game sweep of Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Injuries, poor hitting, a bit of clubhouse tension. You name it, the Washington Nationals are trying to overcome it these days, and the San Diego Padres were only too happy to take full advantage.

Facing a Nationals lineup that looked like something manager Frank Robinson might send out for a split-squad spring training game, a slightly injured Jake Peavy tossed a five-hitter and drove in a run to lead San Diego past Washington 3-0 Sunday to complete a series sweep.

"We're losing ballgames that we should be winning," Robinson said, "and pretty soon it will be too late."

The Nationals have lost eight of their last nine series and are just 6-17 since the All-Star break. The NL West-leading Padres, meanwhile, have won four straight games and five of six to get back to one game over the break-even mark at 56-55.

"We definitely didn't want to be under .500. We felt embarrassed when we played the way we did," Peavy said. "But this team is back playing the baseball that we know we can play."

Peavy (10-4) showed no signs of being hampered by a middle finger that was black and blue after getting hit by a ball when he shagged flies Friday. Sticking to his fastball and changeup, he had 10 strikeouts, giving him 29 in his last three starts, and now leads the majors with 165. The shutout was his second this season.

"I didn't feel great by any means," Peavy said.

Before his next outing, manager Bruce Bochy joked, "We're going to slam a car door on him just to get him ready."

Washington starter Esteban Loaiza (6-8) gave up the three runs on six hits over seven innings.

A day after holding a 104-minute, closed-door clubhouse meeting to "clear the air," Robinson tried another gambit. Whether he was trying to spark his struggling offense or just trying to give some rest to his regulars before a 13-game road trip, the results were what might have been expected - after all, first baseman Nick Johnson and shortstop Cristian Guzman were the only regulars who began the game. Right fielder Jose Guillen and catcher Brian Schneider already were sidelined by bad shoulders, but other regulars would have been available.

Indeed, Bochy did a double-take when he was handed the Nationals' lineup a couple of hours before the first pitch.

"Every team or manager does it at some point," Bochy said, then paused before adding with a smile: "He could have shaken it up a little more and taken Johnson out."

Johnson was the only member of the Nationals' starting nine who entered Sunday with a batting average above .300 - .320 with 10 homers and 46 RBI -- and Peavy clearly was not going to let the first baseman hurt him.

The right-hander pitched around Johnson early, walking him twice -- Peavy's only free passes -- then went after him once the Padres had a lead.

The very first time the Padres got a runner as far as second base -- on Khalil Greene's double in the fifth -- they scored, thanks to Peavy's single up the middle. In the sixth, Eric Young's second homer of the season went down the left-field line and landed just below the upper deck. In the seventh, Xavier Nady's 12th homer was to straightaway center, over the 410-foot marker.

A Washington player only once reached third, putting runners on the corners in the sixth. But Matt Cepicky grounded meekly to first base.

After the game, Cepicky wasn't pleased about being designated for assignment when the Nationals called up outfielder Brandon Watson from Triple-A New Orleans. The plan is to put Watson in the lineup, probably in the leadoff spot.

Just one more bid to get things going.

"We're not giving up," Loaiza said, "and we're not giving in."

Notes

From the fifth into the eighth, Peavy had a stretch where eight of 10 outs he recorded were by strikeout, including Jose Vidro and Brad Wilkerson when both regulars pinch hit in the seventh. ... Wilkerson stayed in to play center field and made a tumbling catch on a sinking liner by Nady. ... Guillen will get a second opinion on his ailing left shoulder from Dr. James Andrews. GM Jim Bowden said Guillen probably won't play in the upcoming series at Houston, and might also miss time in the next series, at Colorado.

 
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Despite a finger injury, Jake Peavy strikes out 10 during his five-hitter. He improves to 10-4. (AP)
Despite a finger injury, Jake Peavy strikes out 10 during his five-hitter. He improves to 10-4. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 10
San Diego

E. Young
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF4010002 .262
Joe Randa, 3B4000001 .280
Eric Young, LF3121100 .292
Brian Giles, RF4000012 .289
Mark Loretta, 2B4000000 .289
Xavier Nady, 1B4111010 .276
Khalil Greene, SS3110100 .253
Miguel Olivo, C3000121 .167
Jake Peavy, P3011000 .184
Totals32363346 
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (21, Loaiza)
HR - Eric Young (2, Loaiza), Xavier Nady (12, Loaiza)
RBI - Eric Young (10), Xavier Nady (36), Jake Peavy (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jake Peavy (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Peavy-Greene-Nady
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,10-4) 95002100 3.11
HBP - Baerga (by Jake Peavy)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 119-84
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 9-6
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 33
Washington Nationals
Jamey Carroll, 2B4020020 .243
Cristian Guzman, SS4000021 .190
Nick Johnson, 1B2000210 .318
Carlos Baerga, 3B3000003 .268
Ryan Church, CF-LF4010010 .298
Matthew Cepicky, RF4010002 .240
Tony Blanco, LF2000001 .239
   a- Jose Vidro, PH1000010 .263
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Gary Bennett, C3000011 .233
Esteban Loaiza, P2010010 .213
   b- Brad Wilkerson, PH-CF1000010 .256
Totals300502108 
a-struck out for Blanco in the 7th
b-struck out for Loaiza in the 7th
Batting
PK - Esteban Loaiza (1, Peavy)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Guzman-Carroll-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Esteban Loaiza (L,6-8) 7633142 3.63
Gary Majewski 1000100 3.15
Hector Carrasco 1000100 2.72
IBB - Olivo by Esteban Loaiza
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 83-56, Gary Majewski 13-5, Hector Carrasco 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 6-10, Gary Majewski 1-2, Hector Carrasco 2-1
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 27, Gary Majewski 4, Hector Carrasco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36440
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Andy Fletcher