PHOENIX (AP) -- Jake Peavy wasn't pitching for himself, he was
pitching for his team. They both won.
"It's very satisfying," said Peavy, a power pitcher who
acknowledged ignoring strikeouts to concentrate on finishing. "I'm
just glad we could rest that bullpen. We're going to need those
boys the next couple of days."
His teammates noticed.
"Jake is mature well beyond his years," Dave Roberts said. "To
see that our bullpen went through some things the last couple of
nights, for him to take the mound to be the stopper and to go so
deep in the game, he stepped up."
Roberts matched career highs with four hits and four RBI, and
Brian Giles and Ryan Klesko homered off Webb, helping take the
suspense out of the matchup between young pitchers who entered with
Neither Peavy (5-0) nor Webb (6-1) came away with a decision in
two previous meetings this season, but Webb gave up a season-high
six runs -- three earned -- this time, capped by Klesko's two-out,
two-run shot that traveled 408 feet into the right-field seats in
the seventh inning.
Webb, 26, allowed nine hits and three walks in his 6 2/3
innings, striking out six.
"I felt like I was working behind after the third and fourth
inning, and it just wasn't happening," Webb said.
The 24-year-old Peavy struck out two, walked none, and needed
only 94 pitches (65 strikes) in his first career complete game. He
had seven strikeouts or more in eight of his nine previous starts.
"He was throwing hard out there -- 95, 96 at times -- and great
command," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "Anybody's going to
have trouble with that."
Peavy pitched nine scoreless innings at home against Cincinnati
on Aug. 11, 2003, but the game went 13 innings before the Padres
The Padres' three-run seventh didn't count against Webb's ERA,
because the inning started when third baseman Troy Glaus booted a
grounder by Damian Jackson. He scored on Roberts' single, and
Klesko made it 6-0 one batter later.
In the eighth, Roberts had a two-run double against Kerry
Ligtenberg. It was his fourth time with four hits, and third career
"I think that was the best thing," Roberts said. "You get
your ace out there and you don't get complacent with a three- or
four-run lead. I felt that for us as an offense to go out there and
put pressure on them and continue to score runs, that's the sign of
a winning team."
The Padres added two runs in the ninth on a wild pitch by Mike
Koplove and Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly.
Glaus singled off Peavy in the second, but was quickly erased on
a double play. Arizona got its only other baserunner against Peavy,
who led the NL in ERA last year, on a one-out double by Shawn Green
in the eighth.
Webb's wildness -- he walked a major league-high 119 last year --
caught up with him in the third inning.
With one out, Webb walked Jackson and Peavy -- throwing seven
straight balls at one point -- to set up Roberts' RBI double. Geoff
Blum followed with a sacrifice fly.
"Early on it looked like he had his good sinker going, and a
few balls up and he got some guys on base," Diamondbacks manager
Bob Melvin said. "And Roberts hits the ball down the line, and now
it's just a different game, because with Peavy working the way he
is, you almost have to be perfect."
Giles made it 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the fourth, and Phil
Nevin, Hernandez and Jackson singled to load the bases with one
out. But Webb got Peavy to hit into an inning-ending double play
and escaped further damage.
Hernandez extended his career-best hitting streak to 13
games. ... Webb was trying to match Randy Johnson's franchise
record with a 7-0 start. Johnson won his first seven decisions in
2000. ... Koplove's appearance was his 194th for Arizona, moving
him past Johnson for third in franchise history. ... San Diego is
28-9 in Peavy's starts since 2003.