SAN DIEGO (AP) -Pitching at home sure has its benefits for
San Diego Padres
' ace made quick work of the
on Friday night, then hustled out as quickly as possible to catch a Toby Keith concert.
''I should have been a cowboy,'' quipped Peavy, a good ol' boy from Alabama. ''If I get there in time, I get to see Toby sing
a little bit.''
Backed by a triple and double by hot-hitting
, Peavy led the Padres to a 4-0 win over the Braves. 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 (7-5) 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.
''You know what? It was a good night,'' Peavy said.
The right-hander then praised rookie catcher
''The amount of work that he puts into it and the amount of pride he takes catching me every fifth day, I'm going to give
him some props because he has sure done a nice job,'' Peavy said.
was impressed with Peavy.
''When he's pitching here, there's just a little different feeling,'' said Black, who was impressed with the life on Peavy's
fastball and the curveballs he threw, including a few to
. ''I think that you find he sets the tone on his day. You know from the time he goes out there that he's pitching with a
lot of emotion. I think our guys feed off that.''
''Obviously he comes out and does his thing,'' Hairston said. ''He's been pitching great lately. He adds fire to the game.
I would say guys get motivated from that. It's encouraging to see a guy just lay it out there. I think all our pitchers do
that. But there's just something about Jake.
''I'm just glad we were able to get him the run support tonight.''
Atlanta's best scoring chance was in the fifth, when it had runners on second and third with one. But
grounded out and pinch-hitter
flied out to end the threat.
''Peavy's tough,'' Atlanta manager
said. ''You're not going to get a lot of runs off him, especially in this ballpark.''
Said Jones: ''He threw me one pitch over the middle of the plate and I fouled it off. Otherwise, everything I saw was on the
black. I can't complain about the calls.''
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.
came on with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth and struck out 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
'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
came around on a two-base error by left fielder
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 at Petco Park just more than a year earlier.
The Braves have scored only nine runs in Reyes' eight losses.
had three hits.
Notes: Braves SS
was scratched from the starting lineup due to a strained left shoulder. ... Kouzmanoff, San Diego's 3B, managed to catch
's foul ball in the second even as he tumbled over the short wall down the left-field line. ... Padres right-hander
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
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
, 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