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Peavy beats Dodgers again, Padres rock Schmidt for six runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- The San Diego Padres came out swinging against Dodgers ace Jason Schmidt, who surrendered first-pitch home runs to Brian Giles and rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff. That made things easy for Jake Peavy.

Peavy allowed a run and three hits over seven innings and the Padres beat Los Angeles 7-2 on Saturday night. The right-hander struck out three, walked two and gave up his only run on Jeff Kent's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

"With Schmidt out there and our ace going for us, we wanted to get runs early, let Jake pitch his game and not let Schmidt get any confidence," Giles said.

Peavy (2-0) has yielded two runs in 20 innings over his first three starts, after going 11-14 last season with a 4.09 ERA.

"I'm just going to take this thing start by start and just keep concentrating more than I have been doing in the past," Peavy said. "With my shoulder and my body not feeling 100 percent last year, I think I could have taken it to another level mentally and maybe done a little bit better than I did. A 4.00 ERA is unacceptable, with my standards. I know I'm better than that."

Peavy is 5-0 in his last six outings against the Dodgers -- including a 10-3 win last July at Chavez Ravine in which he homered and drove in four runs.

"He's won an ERA title and a strikeout title, so that tells you that his stuff is good," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He knows how to pitch. He's got great makeup and he's very competitive. I think we're close to seeing Jake put it all together and really have a big year."

Schmidt (1-2) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in two-plus innings, retiring only six of the 16 batters he faced. He walked two and struck out two. Middle reliever Mark Hendrickson saved the bullpen extra work by eating up five innings.

In Schmidt's previous start, the three-time All-Star pitched four-plus innings against Colorado and allowed four runs before he was forced out by a cramp in his right hamstring that was caused by dehydration.

"My legs are fine. That's not an issue," Schmidt said. "It was just one of those games that you want to put in the past, but no doubt you take it hard. My changeup wasn't changing and my fastball wasn't being located real well. I just didn't settle in. I didn't catch a rhythm in time to make a big pitch to get out of the inning. It definitely wasn't one of my finest moments."

In-between Schmidt's last two outings, Dodgers starters Brett Tomko, Brad Penny and Derek Lowe had combined to allow just one run over 20 1/3 innings.

"You want to be aggressive against Schmidt," Giles said. "You don't want to fall behind because he's got too good of a changeup and he can locate, so we wanted to get our pitches early on and see if we couldn't do something with them. He probably struggled a little bit more tonight with his changeup, so you could certainly eliminate pitches off of that. Certainly you want to make sure he gets the ball up."

The Padres, who hadn't scored a second-inning run in any of their previous 10 games this season, broke through for five against Schmidt to build a 6-0 lead. The first six batters reached base against the right-hander during his 37-pitch inning.

"I think 1-through-8, we're pretty solid and we have the capability of putting up big innings," Kouzmanoff said. "We went into this game pretty confident that we were going to get the sticks going and we came out ready to swing."

Kouzmanoff hit his first NL home run and fourth of his career after a leadoff double by Khalil Greene and an RBI single by Terrmel Sledge. Giles and his brother Marcus capped the rally with RBI singles.

Notes

  • Peavy and Schmidt each had a 16-strikeout game last season, tying for the major league high.
  • Dodgers CF Juan Pierre, who came in batting .186 through the first 10 games and was 2-for-18 lifetime against Peavy, didn't start for the first time this season. But he did extend his consecutive game playing streak to 508 games when he took over in center field in the eighth inning. Pierre played in all 162 games in each of the previous four seasons.
  • Dodgers 3B Wilson Betemit was 0-for-4 and is off to a 1-for-24 start.
  • Saturday marked exactly 21 years since incoming Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn struck out three times in a game for the only time in his 20 seasons with the Padres.
 
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Jake Peavy continues his dominance over the Dodgers, going 5-0 in his last six outings against L.A.  (AP)
Jake Peavy continues his dominance over the Dodgers, going 5-0 in his last six outings against L.A. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 3
 
San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B5011003 .310
Brian Giles, RF5122000 .311
Mike Cameron, CF5000002 .171
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5000032 .273
Khalil Greene, SS4110012 .227
Terrmel Sledge, LF3221110 .389
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3122110 .172
Pete Laforest, C3111122 .333
Jake Peavy, P2100014 .000
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1010000 .111
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Totals36710739  
a-doubled for Peavy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (5, Schmidt), Geoff Blum (1, Seanez)
HR - Brian Giles (1, Schmidt), Kevin Kouzmanoff (1, Schmidt)
SH - Jake Peavy (1)
RBI - Marcus Giles (5), Brian Giles 2 (3), Terrmel Sledge (2), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (3), Pete Laforest (1)
Team LOB - 6
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,2-0) 7311230 0.90
Doug Brocail 1311000 2.45
Cla Meredith 1100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 91-52, Doug Brocail 26-15, Cla Meredith 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 9-9, Cla Meredith 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Doug Brocail 6, Cla Meredith 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4010000 .333
Russell Martin, C3111110 .324
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3020010 .286
    Olmedo Saenz, 1B1000002 .250
Jeff Kent, 2B2001103 .263
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000005 .308
Brady Clark, CF-RF4000022 .308
Andre Ethier, RF3010000 .143
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1010000 .200
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000013 .042
Jason Schmidt, P0000000 .250
    Mark Hendrickson, P2000000 .000
    Juan Pierre, CF2110001 .200
Totals3327225  
a-singled for Seanez in the 9th
Batting
SF - Jeff Kent (1)
RBI - Russell Martin (5), Jeff Kent (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Garciaparra
E - Brady Clark (1, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Kent (1, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Schmidt (L,1-2) 2765222 7.36
Mark Hendrickson 5211140 1.64
Rudy Seanez 2100030 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 53-31, Mark Hendrickson 58-39, Rudy Seanez 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 2-3, Mark Hendrickson 6-4, Rudy Seanez 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 16, Mark Hendrickson 17, Rudy Seanez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 55942
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mark Carlson