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Padres pound Diamondbacks to maintain one-game lead over Dodgers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' victory at Colorado already was posted on the out-of-town scoreboard when the San Diego Padres emerged from their clubhouse to take batting practice Thursday.

San Diego knew it had to beat Arizona to maintain its NL West lead over Los Angeles, and the Padres responded by routing the Diamondbacks 12-4 to maintain a one-game margin over their rivals, who beat Colorado 19-11.

"We knew we had to get going," said Jake Peavy (11-14), who won his third straight decision. "When the Dodgers win, you know coming in here we had to play good baseball."

San Diego's victory was all the more satisfying because it came one night after the Padres blew a late lead and lost at St. Louis.

"Many times we've talked about it -- it's how you handle it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We came out focused and played well after a tough loss. That's the only way you're going to have a winning season is if you things like that, because you're going to have to deal with tough losses and gut-wrenching losses."

Brian Giles homered and doubled and drove in three runs, and Russell Branyan and Rob Bowen also homered for the Padres, who improved to 18-8 in September with their seventh win in eight games.

San Diego closes with three more games at Arizona while the Dodgers finish with a three-game series at San Francisco.

Thursday night's victory gave the Padres at least a tie for the wild card with Philadelphia, which lost at Washington. But the Padres are aiming for their second consecutive division title.

"The players just realize that we're the best team in the division," outfielder Dave Roberts said. "We're going to win this division. We know it. We expect it. We expected that all year long, so if you lose one, you've got to go and get them tomorrow."

Peavy allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked four. He leads the league with 215 strikeouts.

"My job is very easy when the boys go out and do what they did tonight," Peavy said.

Miguel Batista (11-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season. It may also have been Batista's final start for the Diamondbacks, who have not said whether they will try to re-sign the 35-year-old right-hander.

San Diego took a 4-0 lead in the second when Batista walked Geoff Blum with the bases loaded, Josh Barfield hit into a run-scoring forceout and Roberts had a two-run single, Mike Cameron added an RBI single in the third, and Giles hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

After Arizona closed to 7-2 in the fourth, Branyan homered off Greg Aquino leading off the fifth -- his sixth homer in 22 games since San Diego acquired him from Tampa Bay Aug. 24.

Peavy entered 6-8 with a 5.65 ERA against the Diamondbacks, going 0-2 this year. After hitting leadoff man Craig Counsell and walking Orlando Hudson, Peavy retired eight of his next nine batters. He gave up run-scoring singles to Conor Jackson and Miguel Montero in the fourth.

"Early on, his velocity was down a little bit," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It looked like it picked up as the game was going on."

Notes

  • San Diego improved to 23-50 at Arizona.
  • Batista will sign copies of his first novel, "The Avenger of Blood," on Friday at the ballpark.
  • Arizona Cardinal running back Edgerrin James attended the game as a guest of general partner Jeff Moorad.
  • Arizona INF Robby Hammock doubled in his first major league at-bat since Oct. 3, 2004.
  • Roberts stole his 48th base, extending his career high.
 
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Jake Peavy strikes out seven in six innings to keep  the Padres in first place ahead of the Dodgers.  (AP)
Jake Peavy strikes out seven in six innings to keep the Padres in first place ahead of the Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Cameron
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Diego

B. Giles
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF5122111 .294
Brian Giles, RF4123111 .268
    Ben Johnson, PR-RF0100000 .250
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5120002 .302
Josh Bard, C4220001 .335
    Jon Adkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Klesko, PH1011000 .500
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .268
    Brian Sweeney, P0000000 .000
Russell Branyan, 3B5221013 .231
    Manny Alexander, 3B0000000 .176
Mike Cameron, CF3122210 .270
Geoff Blum, SS4001114 .248
Josh Barfield, 2B5211020 .283
Jake Peavy, P2000022 .167
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Rob Bowen, C2111000 .237
Totals401215125914 
a-doubled for Adkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (37, Pena), Josh Bard (20, Batista), Ryan Klesko (1, Choate)
HR - Brian Giles (14, Batista), Russell Branyan (18, Aquino), Rob Bowen (3, Pena)
SH - Jake Peavy (8)
RBI - Dave Roberts 2 (44), Brian Giles 3 (82), Ryan Klesko (1), Russell Branyan (36), Mike Cameron 2 (81), Geoff Blum (33), Josh Barfield (58), Rob Bowen (13)
2-OUT RBI - Dave Roberts 2 (19), Brian Giles 2 (38), Mike Cameron 2 (37)
SB - Dave Roberts (48, 2nd base off Batista/Montero), Josh Barfield (21, 2nd base off Batista/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Geoff Blum (6, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,11-14) 6522470 4.09
Alan Embree 0.2100000 3.29
Jon Adkins 0.1000000 3.88
Chan Ho Park0222100 4.81
Brian Sweeney 2000110 3.20
HBP - Counsell (by Jake Peavy)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 113-68, Alan Embree 10-6, Jon Adkins 6-3, Chan Ho Park 13-7, Brian Sweeney 40-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 3-7, Alan Embree 1-1, Brian Sweeney 3-3
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 27, Alan Embree 3, Jon Adkins 1, Chan Ho Park 3, Brian Sweeney 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS4020001 .260
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000111 .288
Luis Gonzalez, LF3110102 .272
    Chris Young, CF1000000 .243
Eric Byrnes, CF4000014 .269
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   a- Damion Easley, PH0000100 .231
Chad Tracy, 3B2100110 .276
   b- Andy Green, PH-3B1100100 .186
Conor Jackson, 1B3021010 .293
   c- Robby Hammock, PH-1B2110002 .500
Carlos Quentin, RF4012013 .248
Miguel Montero, C3011111 .308
Miguel Batista, P1000000 .100
    Enrique Gonzalez, P0000000 .281
   d- Johnny Estrada, PH1000002 .303
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
   e- Alberto Callaspo, PH1000012 .256
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   f- Scott Hairston, PH-LF1000011 .400
Totals354846819 
a-walked for Julio in the 9th
b-walked for Tracy in the 8th
c-doubled for Jackson in the 8th
d-fouled out for En. Gonzalez in the 4th
e-struck out for Aquino in the 6th
f-struck out for Choate in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (14, Peavy), Robby Hammock (1, Park), Carlos Quentin (11, Park)
RBI - Conor Jackson (78), Carlos Quentin 2 (31), Miguel Montero (3)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (1)
CS - Craig Counsell (8, 2nd base by Peavy/Bard)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Hudson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista (L,11-8) 3.2877241 4.59
Enrique Gonzalez 0.1000000 5.72
Greg Aquino 2111231 4.56
Brandon Medders 1000100 3.69
Tony Pena 0.1444001 5.76
Randy Choate 0.2200010 4.30
Jorge Julio 1000010 4.34
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 79-47, Enrique Gonzalez 5-2, Greg Aquino 31-17, Brandon Medders 10-4, Tony Pena 24-13, Randy Choate 15-12, Jorge Julio 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 4-3, Enrique Gonzalez 1-0, Greg Aquino 1-1, Tony Pena 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0, Jorge Julio 2-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 21, Enrique Gonzalez 1, Greg Aquino 8, Brandon Medders 4, Tony Pena 5, Randy Choate 4, Jorge Julio 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26689
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman