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Peavy, the big league ERA leader, pitched seven brilliant innings and Mike Cameron hit a grand slam for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-0 Saturday night to maintain their slim lead in the NL West.
Peavy (16-5) allowed two hits, struck out nine while walking just one and lowered his ERA from 2.18 to 2.10. He set a career high for wins in a season and won his seventh straight decision. Peavy is 8-1 lifetime in 17 starts against the Padres' biggest rivals.
"I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't excited to win my 16th game and get a career high, but more importantly the team won the series and the team won the game tonight," Peavy said. "I've got five or however many starts left and I'm going to go out and try to win those for the team as well and try to get this team to the playoffs.
"You look at individual stats, and I don't think anybody in this room here is worried about how the season ends up if we're not world champions. So we want to try to work our way toward getting in the playoffs, then that goal."
Adrian Gonzalez also connected for the Padres, who retained their lead over Arizona by one percentage point in the NL West. San Diego won for the ninth time in 11 games and took the first two of this three-game series.
"We are playing good baseball," Peavy said. "I think finally we're clicking on most cylinders. We do that, we're a tough team to beat."
Dodgers manager Grady Little agreed.
"If you come in half-stepping, not executing plays, not executing pitching, you're going to have a tough time right now," Little said.
Peavy, the first NL pitcher to win 16 games, padded his league lead to 206.
Manager Bud Black doesn't think it's too early to start pumping Peavy as a top Cy Young candidate.
"There's no question he's throwing the ball as well as anybody in the National League over the last two months," Black said. "He's showing why we feel he's the best pitcher in the National League. There's a month left and I think he's a guy that if he continues like this, he has to be thought of very highly among those being considered."
Dodgers All-Star catcher Russell Martin, who was ejected in the sixth for arguing with umpire Dan Iassogna after taking a called third strike, lauded Peavy's effort.
"He definitely threw the ball well," Martin said. "He's been doing that the whole year. He didn't really make many mistakes. When he's on top of his game, he's tough. It's hard to get base runners on."
After Sunday's series finale, the Padres open a three-game series at Arizona on Monday afternoon.
Los Angeles dropped five games back in both the division and the wild-card race.
"You have to find a way to get a win," Martin said. "You don't want to fall behind too much."
Cameron's fifth career slam highlighted the fifth, when the Padres scored six runs -- five earned -- against Derek Lowe on four hits, three walks and a throwing error by third baseman Shea Hillenbrand.
After Lowe (11-12) struck out Kevin Kouzmanoff to open the fifth, he walked Josh Bard and allowed a single to Geoff Blum. Peavy hit a grounder to Hillenbrand, who had to go to his knees to his left to field it, then hurriedly got up and threw wide of first for a two-base error that allowed Bard to score.
Brian Giles was intentionally walked to bring up Cameron, who cleared the fence down the left-field line on a 1-2 pitch to give the Padres a 6-0 lead. It was his 19th.
Lowe allowed six hits and seven runs, six earned in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked six.
Gonzalez homered to right on Lowe's first pitch of the second, his 24th.
|Brian Giles and Jake Peavy congratulate Mike Cameron after he busts things open with a grand slam. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Chin-lung Hu, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Juan Pierre, CF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Ramon Martinez, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.189|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.288|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.296|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.276|
|Russell Martin, C||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.297|
|Jonathan Meloan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.304|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.251|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.118|
|Mark Hendrickson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.038|
|Matt Kemp, CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.328|
|2B - Juan Pierre (18, Peavy)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (53, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney|
|E - Shea Hillenbrand (4, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Derek Lowe (L,11-12)||4.1||6||7||6||3||4||2||3.78|
|IBB - Giles by Derek Lowe|
|WP - Mark Hendrickson (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 99-51, Mark Hendrickson 26-19, Jonathan Meloan 36-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-1, Mark Hendrickson 1-3, Jonathan Meloan 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 22, Mark Hendrickson 7, Jonathan Meloan 9|
|San Diego Padres|
|Brian Giles, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.294|
|Rob Mackowiak, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.266|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||1||1||4||0||0||1||.256|
|Brady Clark, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.220|
|Milton Bradley, LF||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.321|
|a- Terrmel Sledge, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.218|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.282|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.249|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.248|
|Josh Bard, C||2||1||0||0||2||0||2||.270|
|Geoff Blum, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Jake Peavy, P||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.220|
|Cla Meredith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian Myrow, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Bradley in the 7th|
|b-walked for Meredith in the 8th|
|HR - Mike Cameron (19, Lowe), Adrian Gonzalez (24, Lowe)|
|RBI - Mike Cameron 4 (73), Adrian Gonzalez (78), Khalil Greene (75)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jake Peavy (W,16-5)||7||2||0||0||1||9||0||2.10|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 99-70, Cla Meredith 11-8, Joe Thatcher 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-6, Cla Meredith 1-0, Joe Thatcher 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 24, Cla Meredith 4, Joe Thatcher 3|
|Attendance - 42605|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Paul Emmel|