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Peavy two-hits Reds as Padres hang on to wild-card lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy might need to stub a toe more often down the stretch.

Pitching yet again with a freak injury, San Diego's ace was brilliant in throwing a two-hitter, matching his career-best, and striking out 14 Saturday night in a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds that kept the Padres in the lead in the NL wild-card race.

Peavy accidentally kicked the leg of a sofa at home on Friday night, injuring a toe on his left foot. He received painkilling injections before the game. X-rays afterward showed no break.

"I've pitched some of my better games when a little something nagging has been wrong with me," Peavy said. "I've had some stubbed fingers and toes and cut hands, and I've seemed to do pretty well."

Boosted by a two-run homer from rookie Josh Barfield and three hits from Mike Cameron, the Padres opened a one-game lead over Philadelphia. The Phillies split a doubleheader against Atlanta. Cincinnati fell 1½ games back in the wild-card race after losing for the seventh time in eight games.

"We had to have this win," Peavy said. "There was no way. These guys are chasing us, L.A.'s playing the kind of ball that they're playing, but we've got to start winning series. We had to win tonight to have a chance to win the series. Hopefully the big lefty will do his magic tomorrow."

He was referring to David Wells, who will make his first start since being obtained Thursday from the Boston Red Sox.

Peavy (8-13) was brilliant in blowing through the Reds' lineup, surrendering only Adam Dunn's shot into the home-run porch down the right-field line with one out in the fourth and Rich Aurilia's single to left leading off the eighth. It was Dunn's 39th.

"I think Dunner hit a changeup or something," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "If he doesn't hit that ball, we might have had a no-hitter against us. Richie got a hit, but I don't remember another ball hit hard."

The right-hander looked liked his old self as he pitched his fifth career complete game. He had a complete game June 17, allowing four hits in a 3-2 loss at Anaheim. Peavy also threw a two-hitter May 25, 2005, at Arizona.

Peavy walked two. After giving up Dunn's homer, he retired 10 straight before walking Edwin Encarnacion with two outs in the seventh.

"He challenged us from the first pitch," David Ross said. "He's the best pitcher I've faced this year. No one has made our team look like that all year."

It was the fourth time this season Peavy reached double-digits in strikeouts, and the 14th time in his career. He set the franchise record with 16 strikeouts against Atlanta on May 22, but lost 3-1.

Peavy has struggled this season due to shoulder tendinitis and lack of run support. His 13 losses are the most in his career, and he's had an uncharacteristically high ERA -- it was 4.51 coming in. Peavy led the majors with a 2.27 ERA in 2004 and topped the NL with 216 strikeouts last year. His career ERA coming into this season was 3.33.

Peavy was bothered by a sinus infection in his last start, when he went only 4 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss at Colorado.

Last year, Peavy cut his non-throwing left hand while taking out the trash a day before a start, had two wisdom teeth removed, was bothered by an upper respiratory infection and jammed his right middle finger when he was hit by a ball while shagging flies during batting practice. Two days after that mishap, he threw a five-hitter.

Cameron singled to left with one out in the second off Kyle Lohse (1-2). Barfield, the son of former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield, connected on the first pitch he saw with two outs, his 11th.

Lohse thinks the Padres had a hit-and-run on, and Barfield "had to swing at that and it came back over the middle. I wasn't just laying them in there. I just made one mistake and he capitalized on it."

Todd Walker walked with two outs in the third and scored on Mike Piazza's double into the gap in left-center. Brian Giles hit an RBI double and Walker an RBI single in the seventh, and Dave Roberts hit a two-run single in the eighth.

Lohse allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

Notes

  • Cameron had his 250th career stolen base.
  • Ryan Freel was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
 
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Jake Peavy reacts to one of his 14 strikeouts. Peavy pitches a complete game, allowing just two hits.  (AP)
Jake Peavy reacts to one of his 14 strikeouts. Peavy pitches a complete game, allowing just two hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 2
K 14
San Diego

J. Barfield
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF4000040
Adam Dunn, LF4111030
Ken Griffey Jr., CF3000010
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2000110
Scott Hatteberg, 1B2000111
Rich Aurilia, SS3010011
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000001
David Ross, C3000020
Kyle Lohse, P2000010
    Bill Bray, P0000000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000
    Jason Standridge, P0000000
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000
   a- Todd Hollandsworth, PH1000000
Totals271212143 
a-flied out for Shackelford in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adam Dunn (, Peavy)
RBI - Adam Dunn ()
SB - Edwin Encarnacion (, 2nd base off Peavy/Piazza)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
E - Brandon Phillips (, ), David Ross (, )
Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Lohse (L,-) 6.1644231
Bill Bray 0.1211000
Gary Majewski 0.1000000
Jason Standridge 0.2120110
Brian Shackelford 0.1100110
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 101-66, Bill Bray 8-5, Gary Majewski 4-2, Jason Standridge 16-9, Brian Shackelford 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 9-7, Jason Standridge 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 27, Bill Bray 3, Gary Majewski 1, Jason Standridge 5, Brian Shackelford 3
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF5012001
Brian Giles, RF4121100
Todd Walker, 3B3111111
    Manny Alexander, 3B1000013
Mike Piazza, C4011012
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000111
Mike Cameron, CF3230100
Geoff Blum, SS4100003
Josh Barfield, 2B4222003
Jake Peavy, P3000014
Totals3471074518 
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (, Bray), Mike Piazza (, Lohse), Josh Barfield (, Lohse)
HR - Josh Barfield (, Lohse)
SH - Jake Peavy ()
RBI - Dave Roberts 2 (), Brian Giles (), Todd Walker (), Mike Piazza (), Josh Barfield 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Dave Roberts 2 (), Brian Giles (), Todd Walker (), Mike Piazza (), Josh Barfield 2 ()
SB - Mike Cameron (, 3rd base off Lohse/Ross)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Walker-Barfield-Gonzalez, Alexander-Barfield-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,-) 92112141
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 114-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 8-3
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 29
Game Information
Attendance - 36287
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim McClelland