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Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2003 7:40 PM EDT
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San Diego Padres
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R H E
2 7 0
Chicago Cubs
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1 7 1
W Perez (1-2)
L Clement (2-2)
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SAN DIEGO 2, CHICAGO CUBS 1
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- First it was Adam Eaton . Then it was Oliver Perez ' turn to have his way with the Chicago Cubs .

Perez pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter as the San Diego Padres defeated the Cubs for a second straight day, 2-1.

Eaton had a career-high 12 strikeouts and combined with Matt Herges on a five-hitter in a 2-0 win Wednesday. Perez was nearly as effective Thursday, scattering six hits, walking two and striking out six.

"That was a big win for the kid, because he had been struggling with his confidence," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. 'It's something he can build on."

Perez (1-2), who struck out 10 in his only start against the Cubs last season, had his longest outing of 2003 and was winless in his first four starts. In his previous outing, he allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings against Colorado.

"I paid attention to what (Eaton) did, but my defense controlled the Cubbies," Perez said.

Rookie Xavier Nady helped keep the game scoreless for Perez in the second when he made diving catch at the warning track on a drive hit by Eric Karros .

Perez left in the seventh after allowing a double to Karros and a single to Ramon Martinez that gave the Cubs runners at second and third with one out. Luther Hackman relieved and struck out Damian Miller and Mike Matthews struck out pinch hitter Lenny Harris to end the threat.

"No question, that was a tough game," said Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa , who had one hit in four at-bats. "But that happens."

Jaret Wright pitched the final two innings for his second save.

The Padres scored both of their runs in the third off Matt Clement (2-2).

Ramon Vazquez singled to left and scored on a double to left-center by Keith Lockhart . Ryan Klesko blooped an RBI single to center field to make it 2-0.

Klesko has reached basely in 17 straight games.

Clement allowed six hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.

"We had a good game pitched for us and had a bad game pitched against us," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

The Cubs scored their only run in the eighth on a groundout by Mark Grudzielanek .

"The last two days we've had situations where we had men in scoring position with less than two outs and we couldn't get it done," Grudzielanek said. "That stuff can't happen. We need to step it up."

Vazquez, who entered the game tops among National League leadoff hitters in on-base percentage, had a pair of hits and walked in two official at-bats.

The Cubs, who had won eight of 10 before Wednesday's loss, have dropped back-to-back games for the first time since April 10-11.


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