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Braves drop series opener with Padres

POSTED: July 16, 2008 5:01 a.m.
The Associated Press/

San Diego Padres starter Jake Peavy follows through with a delivery while pitching against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning Friday in San Diego.

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Peavy strikes out 7 in Padres win
SAN DIEGO — Scott Hairston remained on a hot streak with a double and a triple to back Jake Peavy and help the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Friday night.

Hairston is 17-for-34 (.500) with six doubles, five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs scored in his last 11 games since June 25, hitting safely in nine of the 11 games.

Peavy (7-5), the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, held Atlanta to four hits and struck out seven in seven innings. He won his second straight start and for the third time in six starts since coming off a monthlong stay on the disabled list due to a swollen right elbow.

Peavy lowered his home ERA to 1.45, the lowest in the NL and second-lowest in the majors. It was the fourth time this year he didn’t allow an earned run in a home start.

Trevor Hoffman came on with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth and struck out Brent Lillibridge to earn his 17th save in 20 chances. He extended his big league career record to 541.

Hairston tripled into the gap in right-center off Jo-Jo Reyes leading off the first and scored on Edgar Gonzalez’s groundout. He doubled with one out in the third and advanced courtesy of the Gonzalez brothers — taking third on Edgar’s single to right and scoring on Adrian’s single up the middle.

The Padres added two runs in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jody Gerut singled in Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff came around on a two-base error by left fielder Gregor Blanco.

Reyes (3-8) lost his fourth straight decision. He lasted only four innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He made his major league debut against the Padres just more than a year earlier.

The Braves have scored only nine runs in Reyes’ eight losses.

Atlanta’s Brian McCann had three hits.

Notes: Kouzmanoff, San Diego’s 3B, managed to catch Mark Teixeira’s foul ball in the second even as he tumbled over the short wall down the left-field line. ... Padres right-hander Chris Young threw his second simulated game as he continues to work his way back from getting his nose broken when he was hit in the face by an Albert Pujols line drive on May 21. He’ll begin a rehab assignment Wednesday night at Class-A Lake Elsinore and is still hoping to be back by late July or early August. “Physically I felt good, stuff was all right,” Young said. “Overall, I was happy with the way things went. Hopefully it will keep going that way.” ... The Padres will hold a ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game to honor 20 players and coaches from the 1998 team that beat the Braves to reach the World Series. Among them will be Kevin Brown, the ace of that team. Brown was savagely booed when he returned to San Diego with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in April 1999 after leaving the Padres to become baseball’s first $100 million player. Brown might get a different reception Saturday night, considering that Petco Park probably wouldn’t exist if the Padres hadn’t reached the ‘98 World Series, where they were swept by the New York Yankees.


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