Houston (42-41) at San Diego (46-37)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 7, 2004
  • TV: ESPN2, Ch4
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San Diego starter Jake Peavy picked up right where he left off in his first start back from the disabled list.

Peavy will try to turn in another strong performance when the streaking Padres resume their three-game series with the visiting Houston Astros.

On Friday, Peavy returned after spending 41 days on the DL with a strained right forearm and allowed just one earned run and three hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 7-5 win over Kansas City. He lowered his ERA from 2.01—a mark that led the league when he went on the DL—to 1.98.

”(Peavy) looked like himself,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He had good velocity, he had good command, a good changeup. I thought he had great stuff, and it was nice to see. He wasn’t hesitant to let the ball go, and he pitched very well.”

The right-hander, who won his third straight start, threw 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes, and his fastball topped out around 94 mph. He is the first pitcher since Bob Tewksbury in 1992 to allow two runs or fewer in each of his first 10 starts.

“I think, to be honest, we lost a step with Jake out,” injured teammate Phil Nevin said. “His return gave us a real shot in the arm.”

Peavy, a 22-year-old right-hander, won a career-high 12 games last season and posted a 4.11 ERA. Now that he’s healthy again, he’s hoping to top those numbers.

“I still have some work to do, no doubt about that, but it felt good just to go out there and help us win a ball game,” Peavy said.

The Padres beat the Astros 5-3 Tuesday for their eighth straight home win. Terrence Long hit a two-run double in the first inning, and Brian Giles and Mark Loretta homered for San Diego, which has won five in a row and 12 of its last 15.

Brad Ausmus homered, and Jeff Bagwell went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Astros, who have lost three in a row.

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206 K 173
62 BB 53
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