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Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2004 1:22 AM EDT
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SAN DIEGO 5, MONTREAL 2
 

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Jake Peavy settled down after a shaky start to win his sixth straight decision and Phil Nevin homered and had three RBI as the San Diego Padres posted a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos .

Montreal scored twice in the first inning off Peavy (11-3) and got a double from Macier Izturis to lead off the second. Peavy responded by retiring the next 16 batters in order before Jamey Carroll reached on a throwing error by shortstop Khalil Greene with one out in the seventh.

"(Peavy) didn't lose focus," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He kept his composure and made pitches and once he got out of the second, he pitched great."

Scott Linebrink got the final out in the seventh and Akinori Otsuka pitched a scoreless eighth before Trevor Hoffman worked around a one-out double in the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Peavy allowed five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings and became the first Padres starter since Kevin Brown in 1998 to win six straight decisions.

"I tried to minimize the damage because it could take the team out of the game early," Peavy said. "Fortunately, I was able to keep them down after that first inning."

Nevin, who is hitting .500 (19-for-38) with three home runs and 16 RBI in his last nine road games, hit a two-run homer off Montreal starter John Patterson (3-3) with two outs in the third to tie the score, 2-2.

"I kind of guessed right and luckily got the barrel of the bat to the ball," Nevin said. "With a pitcher like that, you have to be cheating a little bit."

Ramon Hernandez led off the fourth with a homer to center to give San Diego the lead and Nevin and Ryan Klesko had consecutive singles later in the inning to push the Padres' advantage to 5-2.

"(Peavy) had it going after he got the lead," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "When he went up 5-2, he just started throwing nothing but fastballs, good old-fashioned harballs and we just couldn't do anything with them."

Patterson allowed nine hits in 3 2/3 innings to lose for the first time since April 27.

"I started tiring a little bit," Patterson said. "I felt all right through three, but in the fourth my legs kind of went. I didn't feel sick, just a little weak."

The Padres improved to 5-1 on their road trip and have won 16 of their last 22 away from PETCO Park.

"We had good defense, timely hitting, a good bullpen and good starting pitching," Peavy said. "It was a good all-around win. We just have to keep putting these wins together."


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