San Diego at New York

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Peavy strikes out 11 batters, Padres hold off Mets

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NEW YORK -- Jake Peavy stepped off the mound and escaped to his own little island. While the crowd got revved up, he tried to settle down and envision a perfect sequence of pitches.

Pretty neatly done.

Prone to becoming overly excited, Peavy escaped an early bases-loaded jam and went on to lead the San Diego Padres to what he called a "must win," beating the New York Mets 7-5 Wednesday night.

"This is the best team in the National League in my mind," Peavy said. "We had to have this game tonight, to give ourselves a chance to win the series. And we had to come back after a tough loss last night."

Peavy struck out 11, stopped New York's four-game winning streak and slowed down the Mets -- if not Jose Reyes, who set a team record for stolen bases.

A day after the Mets rallied to beat Trevor Hoffman, they scored three times in the ninth before the career saves leader closed them out.

Hours after major league ERA leader Chris Young returned to San Diego because of a bad back, Peavy (14-5) delivered the big performance the NL wild-card leaders needed.

"I definitely took some extra responsibility on myself. While he's out, somebody's got to step up," he said.

Peavy limited the Mets to two hits over six innings. Hoffman got two outs for his 32nd save in 36 chances, following his ninth-inning meltdown in a 7-6 loss.

Hoffman's 514th career save came with a little excitement. Second baseman Geoff Blum dropped David Wright's popup but managed to get a forceout and, after Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single, Carlos Delgado struck out to end it.

Delgado's bat slipped out of his hands on the final pitch and went helicoptering back toward Hoffman, who managed to avoid getting hit.

"I just didn't have good at-bats. It's that simple," Delgado said. "We had the opportunity, no question. But we didn't come through."

Down 1-0, the Mets loaded the bases with a pair of one-out walks in the third. In the past, Peavy might've stomped around. Instead, the All-Star righty kept cool.

Peavy slipped a slider past Beltran for strike three, then retired Delgado on a fly to the edge of the warning track in left. While the crowd hoped the ball might carry, Peavy walked toward the third-base dugout and never turned around to look.

"It's a challenge to keep your emotions in check here. You can't even hear yourself think and then the jets are flying overhead," he said. "In San Diego, it doesn't get that kind of crazy."

Peavy earned his fifth straight win, improved to 8-0 on the road and increased his league-high strikeout total to 186. He also tied Andy Benes for the most strikeouts in Padres history with 1,036.

About the only thing Peavy didn't do was take over the ERA lead from Young. At 2.21, Peavy trails his teammate's 2.12.

Reyes did his best to rattle the Padres, stealing three bases and setting a Mets mark with 67 in a season.

"Anytime you break a record, it's great. But like I said before, I'm not here to set records. I want to get on base and help us score runs," he said.

The NL East leaders swiped five in all, yet saw their winning streak come to an end. Seven times this year the Mets have won four in a row; once again, they failed to make it five.

The Mets set a franchise record by scoring at least five runs for the 10th straight game. Jeff Conine, in his first at-bat since being traded from Cincinnati to the Mets, had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth.

Khalil Greene drove in three runs for the Padres and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a pair of RBI doubles.

Brian Lawrence (1-1) fell behind early against a familiar team. He started on opening day for the Padres in 2003 and 2004.

The Padres, like the Mets, have never pitched a no-hitter. Peavy came out so strong that he at least seemed to have the Shea Stadium crowd of 50,060 worried - when Reyes singled in the fifth for the Mets' first hit, there was a prolonged cheer of relief.

Reyes, who earlier stole second and third to tie the mark Roger Cedeno set in 1999, then teamed up with Wright on a double steal. Beltran hit a two-run double that made it 4-2.

Notes

  • Peavy is 10-0 on the road since losing Sept. 8 at San Francisco.
  • Wright tied a team record by drawing four walks in a nine-inning game. Many Mets have accomplished the feat.
  • The Padres edged ahead in the all-time series between the teams, 208-207.
  • Beltran has 21 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • Reyes had the sixth three-steal game of his career.
 
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Milton Bradley successfully slides home safely past Mets catcher Mike DiFelice in the fifth inning.  (AP)
Milton Bradley successfully slides home safely past Mets catcher Mike DiFelice in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 2
BB 5
K 11
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF3110200 .302
Geoff Blum, 2B5010003 .257
Milton Bradley, LF5110012 .329
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5231001 .273
Mike Cameron, CF3221201 .254
Khalil Greene, SS5133003 .243
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5022024 .235
Josh Bard, C3000112 .258
Jake Peavy, P3000003 .185
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
   a- Marcus Giles, PH1000000 .224
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals38713754  
a-flied out for Brocail in the 8th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (31, Sele), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (18, Lawrence, Mota)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (70), Mike Cameron (65), Khalil Greene 3 (70), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Khalil Greene 2 (27), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (23)
SB - Mike Cameron (15, 2nd base off Lawrence/DiFelice), Khalil Greene (4, 2nd base off Mota/DiFelice)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Kevin Cameron (1, Misplayed grounder), Kevin Kouzmanoff (16, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,14-5) 62225110 2.21
Doug Brocail 1000110 3.83
Kevin Cameron 1.1231020 1.48
Trevor Hoffman (S,32) 0.2100010 2.45
WP - Jake Peavy (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 100-68, Doug Brocail 22-14, Kevin Cameron 29-20, Trevor Hoffman 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 2-6, Doug Brocail 2-1, Kevin Cameron 3-0, Trevor Hoffman 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Doug Brocail 5, Kevin Cameron 7, Trevor Hoffman 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5110010 .301
Luis Castillo, 2B4000110 .304
David Wright, 3B1201400 .309
Carlos Beltran, CF4023125 .273
Carlos Delgado, 1B5000037 .249
Moises Alou, LF4000000 .313
Lastings Milledge, RF4000040 .294
Mike DiFelice, C3000030 .207
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1110000 .292
Brian Lawrence, P1000010 .250
   b- Shawn Green, PH1000000 .274
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .336
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Sele, P0000000 .000
   d- Jeff Conine, PH1111000 .269
Totals35555615  
a-doubled for DiFelice in the 9th
b-flied out for Lawrence in the 5th
c-grounded out for Mota in the 7th
d-singled for Sele in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (26, Peavy), Marlon Anderson (4, K. Cameron)
RBI - David Wright (80), Carlos Beltran 3 (83), Jeff Conine (33)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 3 (19)
SB - Jose Reyes 3 (67, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard, 3rd base off Peavy/Bard, 3rd base off Peavy/Bard), Luis Castillo (13, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard), David Wright (26, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wright-Castillo-Delgado, Castillo-Reyes-Delgado, Reyes-Delgado
E - Carlos Delgado (8, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Brian Lawrence (L,1-1) 5744420 5.57
Guillermo Mota 2333120 6.28
Scott Schoeneweis 1100000 5.04
Aaron Sele 1200000 4.80
IBB - Bard by Brian Lawrence
WP - Guillermo Mota (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Lawrence 90-51, Guillermo Mota 41-25, Scott Schoeneweis 14-9, Aaron Sele 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Lawrence 7-5, Guillermo Mota 2-2, Aaron Sele 2-0
Batters Faced - Brian Lawrence 25, Guillermo Mota 10, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Aaron Sele 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50060
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez