While Peavy allowed just two hits in seven innings, Guzman made
his major league debut memorable with a hit, a run scored and an
RBI as San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Tuesday night.
"I think he's going to help," Peavy said. "This ballclub
needs a little spark like that."
Guzman, recalled before the game from Triple-A Portland, was
inserted into the leadoff spot, played center field and went
1-for-5 with a walk in his debut.
"It was relaxed and it was a very emotional for me," Guzman
said through an interpreter. "It's something that they're showing
confidence in me, something you look for as a player. I want to
take that confidence to the next level."
Peavy (9-3) struck out nine, allowed just one run and didn't
walk a batter. Peavy allowed just a second-inning single by Andruw
Jones and a fourth-inning home run by Chipper Jones that extended
his streak of games with home runs to five. Peavy retired his final
Guzman singled in his first major league at-bat and scored, then
walked with the bases loaded later in the five-run first, getting
his first RBI. Jaret Wright (11-6) forced in a pair of runs with
bases-loaded walks and didn't make it out of the first inning.
"A great start for the kid," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"Sure he was nervous, but he put together a great ballgame."
Brian Giles and Phil Nevin hit back-to-back homers in the second
when the Padres took an 8-0 lead, and Ramon Hernandez drove in
three runs. It was the first time San Diego has hit consecutive
home runs this season.
Jones, who has six homers in his last five games, raising his
season total to 21 and his career total to 301.
San Diego, which had 17 hits, won for just the second time in
nine home games. Giles and Hernandez had three hits each.
Peavy held the opposition to two earned runs or fewer for the
17th time in 18 starts and lowered his ERA to 2.08.
"It's so easy to do my job when the boys swing the bats like
that," Peavy said.
Wright lost for the first time in 15 starts since May 22 against
Los Angeles. Wright, who had won nine consecutive decisions,
allowed five runs, three hits and five walks -- one intentional -- in
just two-thirds of an inning.
"It was tough on Jaret," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "He
couldn't get any calls at all. A couple of the pitches were close.
It should have been only two or three runs."
Wright refused to blame plate umpire Tim McClelland by name, but
didn't hide his frustration at some of the ball-strike calls.
"I'm not going to say anything -- you guys make up your mind,"
Wright said. "It's frustrating not to get out of the first. They
put the ball in play and I walked too many."
Guzman, who replaced Jay Payton in center, scored the first run
in the first on Nevin's double. After an intentional walk to Ryan
Klesko loaded the bases, Wright forced in a run with a full-count
walk to Sean Burroughs.
Hernandez hit a two-run single, Peavy drew a full-count walk to
reload the bases and Guzman worked the count to 3-0, then walked on
a 3-2 pitch.
Guzman, 23, has played four seasons in the San Diego minor
league system, including 101 games this season at Double-A Mobile
and Triple-A Portland, where he hit a combined .289 with 69 runs
and 65 steals.
The Braves, who lost for just the fourth time in their last 21
road games, scored four runs with two outs in the eighth off Ricky
Stone on a Rafael Furcal's RBI double, Marcus Giles' two-run double
and Mark DeRosa's run-scoring single.
Bochy said right-handed reliever Jay Witasick pulled a rib
muscle warming up during the game. Bochy said he expects Witasick
to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. ... The last
Padres to hit consecutive homers were Mark Kotsay and Klesko on
April 18 last year at Colorado. ... Wright's ERA jumped from 2.55