San Diego (66-58) at New York (71-53)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Aug 22, 2007
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Jake Peavy has moved a little closer to the major league lead in ERA, only because teammate Chris Young ran into a hot New York Mets lineup.

Peavy, looking to fare better than Young did against the Mets, takes the mound for the San Diego Padres in the middle game of their series Wednesday night.

Luis Castillo singled home the winning run off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning as New York beat San Diego 7-6 on Tuesday. The Mets scored four runs off Young, chasing the majors’ ERA leader after five innings.

Peavy (13-5, 2.19 ERA), who has the second-best ERA in baseball after Young (2.12), will be trying to shut down a Mets lineup that is averaging 7.5 runs over its last seven games, winning six of those contests.

The right-hander had a personal four-game winning streak halted in his last start, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Houston on Friday night. Peavy, though, struck out 11 batters for his sixth double-digit strikeout game, and increased his NL-leading total to 175.

Peavy is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts against New York (71-53). He faced the Mets on July 17, yielding three runs and six hits in six innings of a 7-0 loss.

New York center fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored against Peavy in that game. The center fielder went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs Tuesday, and is batting .444 (12-for-27) with five home runs, four doubles and 15 RBIs in his last seven games.

Beltran hit a two-run shot off Young on Monday as the Mets remained five games ahead of Philadelphia in the NL East, while the Padres (66-58) fell into a tie with the Phillies atop the wild-card standings.

“They’re in first for a reason,” said Hoffman, who has blown four saves in 35 opportunities.

New York also had Carlos Delgado back in the lineup after the he missed four games with a hyperextended left knee. The first baseman hit fifth in the lineup and went 0-for-4.

Castillo, meanwhile, continues to complement Mets leadoff man Jose Reyes at the top of the Mets’ order, hitting .324 with 10 RBIs in 19 games since being acquired in a trade with Minnesota.

“I came here to help the team and now I want to keep it going,” he said. “I feel like I’m contributing.”

San Diego collected 12 hits and went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position Tuesday. The Padres have scored a total of 11 runs in their last two games after scoring two or less in three of their previous four contests.

San Diego will be facing Mets starter Brian Lawrence (1-0, 5.06 ERA) for the first time since the Padres traded him to Washington after the 2005 season. Lawrence began his career with San Diego and went 49-61 in five seasons.

The right-hander struggled with his control in his last start, allowing four walks and hitting a batter en route to giving up four runs in five innings of a 10-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Peavy SF vs. B. Lawrence LAA
19-6 Record 1-2
2.54 ERA 6.83
240 K 18
68 BB 13
1.06 WHIP 1.93

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