Peavy (6-1, 1.63 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed one run and four hits over six innings in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
“I could have gone longer,” said Peavy, who threw a season-low 98 pitches. “But with our bullpen, and I’m pitching Sunday against Milwaukee, I think it was a good decision.”
After recording 46 strikeouts over four starts from April 25-May 11, Peavy has struck out only 11 over his last two outings for San Diego (28-21). The right-hander still has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.05, second in the NL to teammate Greg Maddux.
Peavy is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six career starts against the Brewers.
Milwaukee (28-21) has hit 65 home runs to tie Cincinnati for the NL lead, but the Brewers head into Sunday’s finale of a six-game road trip trying to avoid a season-high fifth straight loss. They fell for the 11th time in 15 games with a 6-3 loss on Saturday.
Geoff Jenkins and rookie Ryan Braun each homered for Milwaukee, which was held to three runs or fewer for the ninth time in 13 games. The Brewers have homered 18 times in that span, but are also batting just .222 in those games.
“We’re not doing a real good job of manufacturing runs right now,” manager Ned Yost said.
Milwaukee, though, still owns a five-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs.
With the win, San Diego moved into a tie for first place in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres are seeking their first three-game sweep of the Brewers since July 20-22, 2001.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 for the second straight game for the Padres and Jose Cruz Jr. and Mike Cameron also homered Saturday. Cruz started in right field in place of Brian Giles, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise in his right knee.
Padres closer Trevor Hoffman recorded the final two outs for his 14th save after being held out for two days off due to a sore arm. Hoffman, the all-time saves leader, needs four more to reach 500.
“I felt good today,” Hoffman said. “I felt good yesterday, but we just kind of erred on the side of caution.”
The Brewers’ Jeff Suppan (6-4, 3.49) will face the Padres for the first time since last year’s NL Division Series while with St. Louis. Suppan allowed three runs over 4 1-3 innings in a 3-1 loss in Game 3, but the Cardinals won the next game to capture the series.
The veteran right-hander is 3-2 with a 6.56 ERA in seven regular-season starts against the Padres. He’s 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA while surrendering four homers over 11 innings in two outings at Petco Park.
Suppan avoided a third straight loss by allowing four runs in six-plus innings in a 9-5 victory at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.