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Peavy torches Rays, Pads snap four-game skid

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Even before Jake Peavy threw his first pitch, San Diego was well on its way to snapping a season-worst four-game losing streak.

Peavy allowed two hits in seven innings and the first-place Padres homered twice during a five-run first Wednesday night to stay atop the NL West with a 9-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"It wasn't no secret -- we needed this one," Peavy said. "Can't afford to drop five in a row."

Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Terrmel Sledge homered for San Diego, which rebounded after losing the series opener 11-4 on Tuesday night.

"My job is easy when you have to give up nine to lose," Peavy said. "We just wanted to be aggressive early and slam the door and not let them have any life. They come back and score a few runs, they feel they can chip away at the lead, but we kept them off the board."

Peavy (8-1) struck out eight and walked three while limiting the Devil Rays to a pair of fifth-inning singles by Carlos Pena and Dioner Navarro and lowering his NL-leading ERA to 1.82. The right-hander also extended his major league-leading streak of consecutive innings without allowing a home run to 69, spanning 10 starts.

"With Peavy on the mound, you know you're going to get a lot of strikeouts. He's just a fun guy to be behind," Gonzalez said. "I mean, it's almost that you can put a lawn chair up out there and enjoy the show."

Gonzalez and Kouzmanoff homered during San Diego's five-run first against Edwin Jackson (0-8), who allowed seven of the eight batters he faced to reach base. Khalil Greene added a three-run double in the third off Jason Hammel, and Sledge hit a solo homer off Brian Stokes to make it 9-0 in the eighth.

Kevin Cameron replaced Peavy after the seventh. Justin Hampson pitched the ninth to finish the combined four-hitter.

Peavy, whose 0.87 road ERA is the best in the majors, retired 10 in a row before walking Brendan Harris. The Devil Rays didn't get the ball out of the infield until Greg Norton flied to right to end the fourth. Pena began the fifth by lining a 2-0 pitch over Paul McAnulty's head and off the right field wall for Tampa Bay's first hit.

The right-hander also yielded a two-out single to Navarro in the fifth. The only other time a Devil Rays runner got as far as second base on Peavy was the sixth when Akinori Iwamura and Greg Norton drew walks.

"In every game a pitcher faces at least a couple of challenges, and that was Jake's challenge in the sixth," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "He got through it, but I think it took a little bit out of him."

Jackson, who may have finally pitched his way out of Tampa Bay's rotation, lasted just 42 pitches and tied the Devil Rays record for consecutive losses to begin a season. Tanyon Sturtze also lost his first eight decisions in 2002.

"For the first time this year, I feel like that I've really been hit out of the game. They hit the ball hard every time," said Jackson, who allowed five runs and five hits in a third of an inning.

Sledge and Marcus Giles singled ahead of Gonzalez's 13th homer of the season. Jackson struck out John Bard before giving up a single to Mike Cameron, Kouzmanoff's fifth homer, and walks to Russell Branyan and Khalil Greene to end the shortest start of his career.

Manager Joe Maddon said he hasn't decided whether Jackson will remain in the rotation. And, the young pitcher insisted he's not concerned about job security.

"What's going to happen is going to happen. Worrying about it, worrying about things you can't control and really don't have the final say so, makes no sense," Jackson said. "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. All you can do is deal with it like a professional and keep it going."

Notes

  • The Devil Rays placed 2B B.J. Upton (left quad strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 9. OF Jonny Gomes was recalled from Triple-A Durham.
  • Gonzalez homered for the first time since May 27, a stretch of 53 at-bats. Kouzmanoff hadn't hit one since May 25, a span of 46 at-bats.
  • The Devil Rays gave CF Elijah Dukes a day off for personal reasons. RF Delmon Young started in center field.
  • Peavy joined Philadelphia's Cole Hamels as the only NL pitchers with 100 strikeouts. Hamels has 104 and Peavy 103.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez sends off a three-run shot in the first to give pitcher Jake Peavy a nice early cushion.  (AP)
Adrian Gonzalez sends off a three-run shot in the first to give pitcher Jake Peavy a nice early cushion. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 8
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B4110033 .263
   a- Geoff Blum, PH-2B2000002 .185
Terrmel Sledge, LF4221110 .228
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5113032 .285
Josh Bard, C5020010 .258
Mike Cameron, CF3220111 .250
    Hiram Bocachica, CF1010000 .179
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5222004 .229
Russell Branyan, DH3100221 .217
Khalil Greene, SS4023100 .228
Paul McAnulty, RF5010004 .200
Totals419149511  
a-grounded out for Giles in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (11, Hammel), Khalil Greene 2 (20, Hammel, Hammel)
HR - Terrmel Sledge (6, Stokes), Adrian Gonzalez (13, Jackson), Kevin Kouzmanoff (5, Jackson)
RBI - Terrmel Sledge (14), Adrian Gonzalez 3 (45), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (28), Khalil Greene 3 (33)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Greene-Blum-Gonzalez
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (10, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,8-1) 7200380 1.82
Kevin Cameron 1000100 0.42
Justin Hampson 1200020 0.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 102-63, Kevin Cameron 21-12, Justin Hampson 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 9-4, Kevin Cameron 1-2, Justin Hampson 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Kevin Cameron 4, Justin Hampson 5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B3000111 .330
Brendan Harris, SS3000102 .313
Carl Crawford, LF4000033 .297
Greg Norton, RF2000101 .209
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH1000010 .286
Carlos Pena, 1B4020012 .316
Ty Wigginton, DH4010001 .263
Delmon Young, CF4000024 .265
Dioner Navarro, C4010022 .179
Josh Wilson, 2B2000102 .200
Totals31040410  
a-struck out for Norton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (11, Hampson)
Team LOB - 8
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson (L,0-8) 0.1555212 8.20
Jason Hammel 6.2633380 4.05
Brian Stokes 2311021 6.99
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 42-23, Jason Hammel 105-63, Brian Stokes 39-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-8, Brian Stokes 2-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 8, Jason Hammel 29, Brian Stokes 9
Game Information
Attendance - 12020
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi