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Peavy bests Sheets, helps Padres snap Brewers' eight-game win streak

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SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy wants to be clear -- he's not ducking anyone.

Peavy outpitched Ben Sheets with seven strong innings Thursday and the San Diego Padres snapped the Milwaukee Brewers' eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.

Peavy (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in a matchup of the past two starters for the NL in the All-Star Game. Peavy, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 2.61 to take over the NL lead from San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (2.67).

Two of Peavy's last three starts have been moved back a day, with the right-hander missing matchups with San Francisco's Tim Lincecum, Johan Santana of the New York Mets, and Milwaukee's CC Sabathia on Wednesday night.

Peavy said he accidentally tuned into a local radio show on his drive home after Wednesday's game and heard talk he was avoiding tough pitching matchups.

"The people were saying 'Why didn't he pitch against Sabathia?"' Peavy said. "Sheets is every bit of what Sabathia is. This guy started the All-Star Game. A matchup like that is what a competitor loves to do."

Asked if he was annoyed by the criticism, Peavy said: "Absolutely. I did get upset a little bit. It did give me some motivation."

Peavy was scheduled to start on Aug. 1 against Lincecum and the Giants. But manager Bud Black decided to give Peavy an extra day of rest since he had thrown 127 pitches in his previous start. That move meant Peavy also missed pitching against Santana on Aug. 7.

San Diego was off Monday and Black moved Peavy back to Thursday, in part, so the Padres can get as many looks at their No. 5 starter, rookie Josh Banks, before the end of the season.

San Diego reached Sheets (11-6) for three runs in the seventh inning after the Brewers scored in the top half against Peavy. Pinch-hitter Brian Myrow's sacrifice fly gave the Padres a 2-1 lead.

"What a big day for the guys to come back and beat a guy like Ben Sheets, especially after he's been so dominant," Peavy said. "Any time you match up with somebody like that, you know runs are going to be at a premium. Those are fun days and days you're not going to forget."

Trevor Hoffman allowed Mike Cameron's 20th homer in the ninth before finishing for career save No. 550, and his 26th in 29 chances this season.

Sheets gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Sheets, this year's All-Star Game starter, was attempting to match his career high for wins set in 2004 and equaled when he went 12-5 last season.

"They both know that they are elite pitchers and they're trying to outdo each other," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "You would be hard pressed to find another game where you have two competitors of that magnitude on the mound in the same game."

Milwaukee entered 3½ games back of NL Central-leading Chicago and four games in front of St. Louis for the wild-card lead.

Neither side managed much in the first six innings as Sheets allowed only one hit and Peavy gave up two.

"You could tell both guys had good stuff," Black said. "You could sense right away that was going to be a good one."

The Brewers went in front in the seventh when Bill Hall walked, went to second on Peavy's errant pickoff throw and scored on Cameron's single.

"Those pitchers don't give up many runs so you have to try and scratch when you get a chance," Cameron said. "It's always tough when you go against (Peavy)."

Sheets surrendered the lead in the bottom half, allowing the first three runners to reach. Tadahito Iguchi singled in Kevin Kouzmanoff before Myrow's flyball to left scored Chase Headley.

"He's got some awfully good stuff," Headley said of Sheets. "He gave me some pitches to hit and fortunately, I was able to do something with them."

Cameron then robbed pinch-hitter Edgar V. Gonzalez of a potential home run with a catch at the top of the center-field fence, but Jody Gerut followed with an RBI single to chase Sheets.

"They found some holes," Sheets said. "The balls weren't hit too hard. They hit them where we weren't."

Peavy, who broke his own two-start losing streak, also lowered his home ERA to 1.42, best in the majors.

Notes

  • Milwaukee lost for the third time in 15 road games.
  • Peavy also leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA in day games.
  • Brewers LF Ryan Braun (tightness in his lower back) missed his fifth straight game.
  • Padres RHP Chris Young was placed on the 15-day DL.
 
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Jake Peavy allows one run in seven innings and takes over the NL ERA lead at 2.61.  (AP)
Jake Peavy allows one run in seven innings and takes over the NL ERA lead at 2.61. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Peavy
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 8
Milwaukee

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Ray Durham, 2B4000020 .280
Craig Counsell, SS3020100 .229
Laynce Nix, LF4000013 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B2000221 .278
Corey Hart, RF4000013 .287
Bill Hall, 3B3110120 .228
Mike Cameron, CF4122012 .239
Jason Kendall, C4010002 .243
Ben Sheets, P3000001 .091
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
   a- Gabe Kapler, PH1000000 .303
Totals3226249  
a-grounded out for Gagne in the 9th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (10, Bell)
HR - Mike Cameron (20, Hoffman)
RBI - Mike Cameron 2 (51)
CS - Mike Cameron (5, 2nd base by Peavy/Carlin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Ben Sheets (2, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (L,11-6) 6.2533240 3.00
Brian Shouse 1100020 2.41
Eric Gagne 0.1100000 6.90
WP - Ben Sheets (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 110-71, Brian Shouse 12-9, Eric Gagne 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 7-10
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 28, Brian Shouse 3, Eric Gagne 2
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF4011021 .289
Luis Rodriguez, SS4010001 .234
Brian Giles, RF4000013 .293
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000010 .276
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4120001 .280
Chase Headley, LF3120101 .268
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3111013 .242
Luke Carlin, C2000012 .149
   a- Brian Myrow, PH0001000 .111
    Nick Hundley, C0000000 .215
Jake Peavy, P1000100 .237
   b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000001 .283
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3037326  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Carlin in the 7th
b-flied out for Peavy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (23, Gagne), Chase Headley (9, Sheets)
SF - Brian Myrow (1)
RBI - Jody Gerut (34), Tadahito Iguchi (22), Brian Myrow (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jody Gerut (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jake Peavy (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (W,9-8) 7411380 2.61
Heath Bell (H,19) 1100100 3.19
Trevor Hoffman (S,26) 1111011 4.34
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 116-70, Heath Bell 19-11, Trevor Hoffman 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 4-8, Heath Bell 2-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 27, Heath Bell 5, Trevor Hoffman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30145
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Larry Vanover