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