Washington (8-17) at San Diego (13-12)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Apr 30, 2007
  • TV: MASN2, Ch4
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The San Diego Padres were undefeated in Jake Peavy’s starts this season— until he delivered his best performance of the year.

After failing to win in his last outing, Peavy looks to bounce back on Monday night when the Padres host the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Peavy (3-0, 1.67 ERA) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and left with a 2-0 lead over Arizona on Wednesday. The bullpen, however, gave up three runs the rest of the way en route to a 3-2 loss, handing San Diego (13-12) its first defeat this season in a game during which it led .

The right-hander struck out the side from the second through fourth innings to set a new team record for consecutive strikeouts and falling one shy of the major-league record set by the New York Mets’ Tom Seaver in 1970. Peavy’s 16 total strikeouts matched his franchise record set May 22 against Atlanta, but San Diego lost both times.

“That’s a tough night,” said Peavy, who has struck out 10 or more in consecutive games twice in his career. “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.”

The bullpen may not be much help after pitching 12 innings in the Padres’ 5-4, 17-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Padres relievers held the Dodgers scoreless for 11 2-3 innings before Justin Hampson gave up an RBI double in the top of the 17th and sent them to their fourth loss in five games.

“Anytime you go 17 innings you are looking at a situation where you use all your players, but what a well-pitched game,” manager Bud Black told the Padres’ official Web site.

San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman and setup man Scott Linebrink didn’t pitch Sunday, but are expected to be ready for this game.

The Nationals (8-17) are coming off a 1-0 loss to the New York Mets, their second straight defeat and sixth in eight games. Jason Bergmann allowed only two hits—one a solo homer to Carlos Beltran—in seven innings.

Washington went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 for the game.

“You get the snowball effect where you’re trying too hard, and that’s the worst thing you can do in these situations,” said Austin Kearns, who was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Kearns is batting .326 (14-for-43) over his last 11 games, but is hitting .176 (3-for-17) in his career at Petco Park, where Washington is 2-8 since relocating from Montreal after the 2004 season.

John Patterson (0-4, 7.71) hopes to help Washington to a rare win. On Wednesday, the right-hander gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings - matching his longest outing of the season - in a 9-3 loss at Philadelphia.

Patterson, who missed most of 2006 after forearm surgery, is seeking his first win in more than a year. He allowed one run in eight innings while striking out 13 to beat Florida on April 15, 2006, but is 0-6 with a 6.26 ERA in 10 starts since then.

Patterson is 2-3 with a 3.58 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres.

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J. Patterson Tex vs. J. Peavy SF
1-5 Record 19-6
7.47 ERA 2.54
15 K 240
22 BB 68
1.95 WHIP 1.06

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Monday, Apr 30