San Diego (12-9) at Arizona (11-11)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Thu Apr 26, 2007
  • TV: Ch4, FSAZ
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After squandering a gem from their ace, the San Diego Padres look to get back on track when they wrap up a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer off San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Arizona to a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Wednesday, spoiling Jake Peavy’s outstanding performance.

Peavy tied a career high with 16 strikeouts, including nine consecutive at one point - just one shy of the major league record set by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver on April 22, 1970 for the New York Mets.

“That’s a tough night,” Peavy said. “That bullpen has picked me up time and time again, and they’re going to have nights like this, and we can’t expect all of them to be perfect.”

San Diego (12-9) got its only runs from Kevin Kouzmanoff’s RBI double in the second inning and Terrmel Sledge’s homer in the fourth.

The Padres are 4-3 since April 18, averaging 9.8 runs in the wins but scoring just two runs in each of the losses.

Brian Giles, Adrian Gonzalez and Khalil Greene went 1-for-11 on Wednesday, after combining to go 9-for-13 with eight RBIs in Tuesday’s 10-5 series-opening victory.

Greene did single on Wednesday, though, to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. He’s is batting .364 (16-for-44) with two homers, six doubles and nine RBIs during his run, but is only 1-for-9 in his career against Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.96 ERA), who starts for Arizona on Thursday.

Hernandez allowed just five runs in 20 innings over his first three starts of the season, but was knocked around for seven runs and eight hits while walking five in five innings of an 11-6 loss to the Padres last Thursday in California.

“I’ll be ready for the next time,” the right-hander told the Diamondbacks’ official Web site. “I think I have to face San Diego at home, so I’ll try to do something better.”

Hernandez is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last four starts at Chase Field, including a 3-1 victory over the Padres last Sept. 29, when he gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.

He is 9-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 18 career starts against San Diego.

Arizona’s comeback victory on Wednesday snapped a five-game losing skid. The Diamondbacks won nine of their first 13 games, but are just 2-7 since.

Chris Young (2-1, 3.32) looks to build off his last start when he takes the hill for the Padres on Thursday.

After allowing five runs in two innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15 - ending his major league record-tying mark of 25 straight starts on the road without a defeat - Young gave up one run and four hits while striking out seven in seven innings of an 11-1 win over Colorado on Friday.

Young made two starts against the Diamondbacks last season, but left after one scoreless inning with a strained muscle in his upper back his first time against them. The right-hander produced a much more effective outing against Arizona nine days later, giving up two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 8-3 victory on Aug. 29.

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9-8 Record 11-11
3.12 ERA 4.93
167 K 90
72 BB 79
1.10 WHIP 1.60

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Thursday, Apr 26