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Eaton nabs win despite little offensive support

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adam Eaton played stopper again for the San
Diego Padres, just one of the many things he's done well during the
most productive stretch of his big league career.

Eaton threw seven shutout innings and drove in a run as the
Padres beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Thursday to snap their
four-game losing streak.

San Diego won despite getting just three hits, including Brian
Giles' solo homer with two outs in the sixth.

"Eaton did just a great job of helping us stop this little skid
that we've been in," manager Bruce Bochy said. "No getting around
it, that's a good one to get, the way things have been going."

Eaton (9-1) won his career-best eighth straight decision and
kept the Padres from being swept. They won for just the second time
in eight games in June after going 22-6 in May, a club record for
victories in a month.

In Eaton's last start, on Friday night, he beat the Chicago Cubs
6-2 and hit his first career triple to end a two-game losing
streak.

A day after ace Jake Peavy allowed three of Cleveland's four
homers in a 6-1 loss, Eaton held the Indians to six hits, struck
out nine and walked one.

"He's been throwing the ball well and he's a very good pitcher
and he did a very good job," Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook
said.

Eaton said he normally doesn't put pressure on himself to stop a
losing streak, but this was a little different because the NL
West-leading Padres are about to host a three-game series with the
Chicago White Sox, who lead the AL Central.

"I think it's big for us to get a win before the White Sox come
in," Eaton said. "Obviously, they're probably a better team than
what's over there right now. That's nothing against Cleveland, but
obviously they're a .500 team and Chicago's got one of the best
records in the game and is in first place. We definitely need to
bear down and play some good baseball."

It took Eaton 26 starts last year to get his ninth win, and he
finished 11-14, his second straight losing season. Thursday was his
13th start this year.

"Anytime you can go 9-1 in 13 starts, it's definitely a
dream," Eaton said. "I don't think I've ever had this kind of
run."

The bullpen gave up more runs than Eaton did. Scott Linebrink
allowed Coco Crisp's homer with one out in the eighth, his seventh.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances
and the 410th of his career. He gave up a two-out RBI single to
pinch-hitter Jody Gerut before striking out Grady Sizemore to end
it.

Eaton said he's making pitches when he has to, is staying away
from big innings "and just being fortunate and lucky enough to
have the run support I've had when I pitched. It's just one of
those times of the year when you're getting lucky."

That, and a strong bullpen.

"Trevor's a luxury that a lot of starting pitchers don't
have," Eaton said. "I definitely appreciate him back there."

Giles said Eaton is much more sure of himself these days.

"He started off really hot and has confidence," Giles said.
"That's what this game's about. He has so much confidence out
there, I think every fifth day he expects to win. Maybe you
couldn't say that a year ago."

Giles' 413-foot homer to straightaway center in the sixth gave
the Padres a 3-0 lead.

Westbrook (2-9) allowed just three hits and three runs -- one
earned -- in six innings, walked two and struck out two.

The Padres scored two unearned runs off Westbrook in the second.

Giles drew a leadoff walk and was forced at second on Phil
Nevin's potential double-play ball to shortstop. But Nevin reached
second when first baseman Ben Broussard let second baseman Ronnie
Belliard's relay throw glance off the end of his glove for an
error. Robert Fick drew a two-out walk and Khalil Greene singled
just past the diving Belliard to score Nevin. Eaton then singled up
the middle to score Fick.

"Obviously, a big mistake cost us," Indians manager Eric Wedge
said. "Ronnie made a hell of a play. Benny has to finish off the
play right there."

Game notes
John Drennen of San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High School,
drafted by Cleveland with a sandwich pick at No. 33, met with the
Indians before the game. He said he's eager to sign. "It is what
it is, you get slot money and take it and go play. Your payday is
on the big league field," said Drennen, who likely will begin
playing rookie ball in Burlington, N.C. ... Padres CF Dave Roberts
missed his third straight game with a sore right shoulder. ...
Giles moved over from RF to make his first start of the season in
CF. Fick started in RF. ... Nevin was back at 1B after missing
Tuesday night's game with an illness. ... Belliard and Crisp each
had three hits.