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Padres' Peavy can't deliver on short rest; Arizona moves back into first

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks took it as a challenge when Jake Peavy asked to face them on three days of rest.

The worst-hitting team in the NL raked San Diego's ace for eight runs and defeated the Padres 9-6 on Wednesday night to take a one-game lead over San Diego in the NL West.

The eight earned runs matched a career high for Peavy, who lasted only four innings, his shortest start since July 21, 2006.

"OK, he wants to pitch with three days off, we've got to make him pay," said Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, who hit two home runs, one off Peavy.

Conor Jackson added a home run and Chris Young drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks restored the one-game lead they carried out of San Diego a week ago, when the Padres beat them three out of four.

"I picked a bad night to have a bad night," Peavy said.

Jose Valverde got three outs for his major league-leading 42nd save in 49 chances.

Adrian Gonzalez and Khalil Greene hit home runs for the Padres.

The Diamondbacks rebounded from a crushing 10-2 loss in the series opener by outscoring the Padres 18-7 over the next two nights, roughing up Padres aces Chris Young and Peavy.

"They kind of sent a message to us over there (in California), and after the first game here, when they beat us up, we needed to send a message back," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "The guys responded beautifully the last two games against two of the better pitchers in all of baseball."

With the division lead on the line, Peavy (16-6) had asked to pitch on short rest, and manager Bud Black agreed.

It was easy to understand why Peavy wanted another shot at the Diamondbacks. In his first four starts against them this season, he was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA and had 45 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings. He matched his career high by striking out 16 Diamondbacks on April 25.

He wasn't the same this time, even though he struck out Stephen Drew to open the game.

With two out in the first, Eric Byrnes hit a one-hop shot off Peavy's right leg for a single. After waving off the trainer, Peavy threw two balls to Jackson, then gave up a 405-foot home run to the left field seats.

The Padres tied it at 2 in the second on RBI doubles by Kevin Kouzmanoff and Josh Bard off Livan Hernandez (10-9).

With two out in the fourth, Montero homered to right field on a 1-2 pitch to put the Diamondbacks ahead 3-2. Montero also went deep off Brett Tomko in the seventh.

"Jake just couldn't put them away and make the pitch," Black said. "And you've got to give the Diamondbacks a little bit of credit. They laid off some pitches and worked the counts full."

Melvin said his players "took it personal" that Peavy had asked to face them on short rest.

"They wanted to win today," Melvin said. "This guy's had our number, so guys were grinding hard today. That's probably as focused as I've seen us all year."

Still, Peavy looked as if he might escape with a victory when San Diego loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. After Hernandez got Milton Bradley to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, during which one run scored, Gonzalez belted one deep into the right-field seats to give San Diego a 5-4 lead.

But Peavy immediately squandered the lead in the bottom of the inning. He walked leadoff man Drew, then gave up a triple to Orlando Hudson, who later left the game with a sprained left thumb.

Peavy was removed after walking Byrnes and Jackson to load the bases with no outs.

Peavy allowed eight runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four.

"Felt good, just didn't make a whole lot of quality pitches to show for anything," Peavy said. "I just feel bad the team scored six runs. I should give a better effort and win with that."

Black brought in Doug Brocail, who gave up a bases-clearing double to Young to put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-5.

Hernandez went five innings, allowing five runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Notes

  • Byrnes stole two bases to extend his steal streak to 27. He has 42 steals in 48 attempts.
  • Arizona RHP Juan Cruz retired one batter in the sixth, then came out because of tightness in his right shoulder and neck. Shoulder injuries have sent Cruz to the disabled list twice in six years.
 
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Jeff Salazar chips in with an RBI single and this nice catch of a Kevin Kouzmanoff drive in the sixth.  (AP)
Jeff Salazar chips in with an RBI single and this nice catch of a Kevin Kouzmanoff drive in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4110101 .295
Mike Cameron, CF4000122 .251
Milton Bradley, LF4010112 .315
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5112004 .282
Khalil Greene, SS4221000 .251
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4121010 .251
Josh Bard, C4021001 .270
Geoff Blum, 2B4000003 .249
Jake Peavy, P2110001 .230
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
   a- Terrmel Sledge, PH1000000 .212
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .000
   b- Rob Mackowiak, PH1000011 .265
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals37610535  
a-grounded out for Brocail in the 7th
b-struck out for Tomko in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (21, Hernandez), Kevin Kouzmanoff (22, Hernandez), Josh Bard (22, Hernandez)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (26, Hernandez), Khalil Greene (20, Lyon)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (83), Khalil Greene (77), Kevin Kouzmanoff (59), Josh Bard (43)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (30)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Milton Bradley (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (L,16-6) 4788342 2.43
Doug Brocail 2100010 3.48
Brett Tomko 1111021 5.83
Heath Bell 1000110 2.30
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 97-61, Doug Brocail 24-15, Brett Tomko 11-8, Heath Bell 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 7-1, Doug Brocail 2-3, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 22, Doug Brocail 7, Brett Tomko 4, Heath Bell 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4100121 .232
Orlando Hudson, 2B4111000 .294
    Chris Snyder, C0000000 .247
Eric Byrnes, LF3210110 .293
Conor Jackson, 1B3212100 .279
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000 .238
Miguel Montero, C4222013 .227
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Chris Young, CF4123010 .237
Jeff Salazar, RF4011011 .291
Jeff Cirillo, 3B3010001 .253
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .250
    Augie Ojeda, 2B0000100 .231
Livan Hernandez, P2000012 .209
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Mark Reynolds, 3B2000011 .269
Totals3399948  
Batting
2B - Chris Young 2 (27, Peavy, Brocail)
3B - Orlando Hudson (9, Peavy)
HR - Conor Jackson (12, Peavy), Miguel Montero 2 (10, Peavy, Tomko)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (63), Conor Jackson 2 (48), Miguel Montero 2 (35), Chris Young 3 (57), Jeff Salazar (5)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (25), Miguel Montero 2 (12), Jeff Salazar (3)
SB - Eric Byrnes 2 (42, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Drew-Hudson-Jackson
E - Conor Jackson (11, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez (W,10-9) 5755211 4.79
Juan Cruz (H,4) 0.1000000 3.25
Tony Pena (H,25) 1.2000120 2.69
Brandon Lyon 1211011 2.91
Jose Valverde (S,42) 1100010 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 84-47, Juan Cruz 5-2, Tony Pena 25-14, Brandon Lyon 22-15, Jose Valverde 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-6, Tony Pena 2-2, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 23, Juan Cruz 1, Tony Pena 7, Brandon Lyon 5, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28065
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi