San Diego (38-62) at Cincinnati (48-53)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 22, 2008
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San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy is on the verge of losing more games by late July than he did all last season.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner looks to avoid his seventh defeat while trying to continue his dominance over the Cincinnati Reds when the teams continue their series Tuesday night at Great American Ballpark.

In what’s already been a tough season for San Diego (38-62), has been equally as frustrating for Peavy (7-6, 2.66 ERA), who finished 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 2007.

Things weren’t any better his last time out, allowing four solo homers and eight hits in seven innings of a 4-3 loss at St. Louis on Thursday. It was the second time in his career he allowed four home runs in a game.

“It was just one of those things. I wasn’t aggressive enough,” said Peavy, who hadn’t allowed a run over 15 straight innings prior to that start.

The right-hander has a good chance of bouncing back while facing the Reds (48-53), a club he is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in eight career starts against. Peavy is 3-0 in four starts at Great American Ballpark.

Peavy looks to help the struggling Padres win two in a row for the first time since July 4-5 after rallying for a 6-4 win over Cincinnati on Monday to snap a six-game losing streak.

Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and his two-run double highlighted a three-run ninth inning off Reds closer Francisco Cordero as San Diego won for the first time in 54 games when trailing after eight innings.

“Just to come away with a win is the big thing,” said San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 18th save. “It doesn’t matter how it happens.”

Edgar Gonzalez had three hits, while Scott Hairston and Adrian Gonzalez each had two and drove in a run for San Diego.

Kouzmanoff is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with nine RBIs in his last seven contests and .409 (9-for-22) with three homers and seven RBIs in five games versus Cincinnati this season.

Cordero has 26 saves, but blew his sixth of the season and second in three chances.

“Hitters and fielders go through tough times, and I am, too, right now,” Cordero said. “I’ve got to do better than that. That’s not my style. That’s not me.”

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 606th career homer and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the second straight game and fifth time in nine contests Monday for the Reds, who have lost two in a row and four of their last six.

Griffey, who has two homers against San Diego this season, is 2-for-11 with a double lifetime against Peavy.

Johnny Cueto (7-9, 4.92) looks to rebound from another below average outing for Cincinnati on Tuesday. He allowed six runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, but didn’t factor in the Reds’ 10-8 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.

The rookie right-hander, who will make his first appearance against San Diego, has given up 10 earned runs in 12 innings over his last two starts.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Peavy SF vs. J. Cueto Cin
10-11 Record 9-14
2.85 ERA 4.81
166 K 158
59 BB 68
1.18 WHIP 1.41


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