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Padres connect for three homers against Arizona

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy is going
to have some interesting decisions to make in a few days.

The first will be what to do with Damian Jackson when second
baseman Mark Loretta comes off the disabled list on Tuesday.

Jackson, one of the super-subs who have helped keep the Padres
atop the NL West despite numerous injuries, extended his hitting
streak to a career-high 11 games with a solo homer in San Diego's
4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

Ryan Klesko homered for the second straight night and Khalil
Greene also connected for the Padres, who increased their lead over
the Diamondbacks, their closest pursuers, to a season-high 6½
games.

Leading off the sixth inning, Jackson drove a 2-0 pitch from
Claudio Vargas (3-5) into the balcony on the third level of the
Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse just beyond the left-field
corner to give the Padres a 3-1 lead. It was his fifth this season.

"Wow, you can't say enough about what Jackson's been doing,"
Bochy said. "D.J.'s just played tremendous ball. We're going to
have get creative here when these guys get back."

Bochy wouldn't say where he plans to play Jackson once Loretta
returns, or if he'd stay in the starting lineup for sure.

"With the way he's playing, you'd like to find someplace to put
him," Bochy said. "He certainly has earned a lot of playing
time."

First baseman Phil Nevin also is expected to be activated on
Tuesday.

Greene hit a solo shot to straightaway center off Greg Aquino
with two outs in the seventh, his sixth.

All-Star Jake Peavy (8-3) pitched seven strong innings to snap a
two-game losing streak. He held the Diamondbacks to one run on six
hits while striking out eight and walking two.

With runners on first and third and one out in the seventh,
Peavy struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark and then got Craig
Counsell to force Kelly Stinnett at second.

"We got a foot on their throats," Peavy said after the Padres
beat the Diamondbacks for the second time in the four-game series.
"I hope we can break their backs tomorrow, put some distance
between us.

"I want to win every game I start. I want to be a go-to guy,
but this was as big a game as I've pitched all year," Peavy said.
"I didn't want to let them back in and hope they could win three
of four. Now we're guaranteed of a split and they'll leave town 5½
back no matter what."

Bochy called Peavy's outing "a gutty performance."

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save in 29
chances. With 420 career saves, he needs just four to tie John
Franco for second on the all-time list.

After each team had 13 hits in a 10-7 Padres win on Friday
night, the Diamondbacks had just six hits and the Padres five.

The Diamondbacks felt they had good at-bats against Peavy but
didn't have much to show for it. Their only run came on Chad
Tracy's solo homer in the first, his 11th.

"When we had chances, he just seemed to bear down a little bit
extra and get the outs that he needed to," Tracy said.

"We hit Peavy as hard as we've hit him," manager Bob Melvin
said. "But we hit balls right at people. We just didn't hit with
some better luck."

The Padres took a 2-1 lead in the first on Brian Giles' RBI
groundout and Klesko's solo homer to right-center with two outs.

Klesko homered just to the left of the 411 sign, the deepest
part of Petco Park. It was his 16th. He had nine homers last year,
when he was not only coming off shoulder surgery, but was one of
the Padres' sluggers who groused about Petco's spacious dimensions.

"The ball does carry a little bit later in the season," Klesko
said. "The weather's a little hotter. I hit it good. You hit balls
like that later in the game or earlier in the year when it's colder
and it probably won't carry as far."

Klesko hit a two-run homer in the first inning of Friday night's
win.

Vargas lost for the first time in four decisions. He allowed
three runs and three hits in six innings, struck out three and
walked two.

Game notes
Arizona 3B Troy Glaus was back in the lineup after missing
the start Friday night so a team doctor could examine his left
knee. ... Glaus fouled a ball off his left shin in the sixth. ...
Padres C Ramon Hernandez, who will be eligible for free agency
after this season, wouldn't confirm or deny reports that he's
changing agents from Eric Goldschmidt to Scott Boras. "Everyone
keeps asking me about that," Hernandez said. "I'm tired of
hearing that." Said Boras: "I don't comment on what players I
meet with or talk with."