Padres 7, Reds 3

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Jake Peavy wasn’t trying to strike out anyone. It just worked out that way, over and over again.

Peavy fanned eight of the first 10 batters he faced, setting a tone of domination as the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Friday.

A matchup of two slow-starting teams turned into a showcase for Peavy (4-1), a 21-year-old pitcher who is one of the Padres’ hopes for a long-awaited renaissance.

A day after 21-year-old starter Oliver Perez went 6 1-3 shutout innings to beat the Cubs, Peavy went 6 1-3 to beat the Reds. He struck out nine and allowed only three hits, including Jose Guillen’s homer.

“We think a lot of these kids,” manager Bruce Bochy said of his starters, none of whom is older than 27. “They’re really carrying themselves well. They’re tough kids. They’re our future. We’re trying to build with young arms.”

The Reds had never seen Peavy’s three-quarters motion and 95 mph fastball, and won’t soon forget it. They didn’t get a hit until Kelly Stinnett led off the sixth with a soft single to center.

“He was pretty nasty,” Stinnett said. “He’s tough to pick up. I didn’t realize he threw that hard. He comes three-quarters and sidearm, and he’s tough for a right-hander to pick up. I was reading where he’s supposed to be one of the top young arms in baseball, and he showed us.”

In the first three innings, the Reds couldn’t even make contact. Austin Kearns lined out and Adam Dunn walked; everyone else struck out.

“I just got ahead of guys and was able to put them away,” Peavy said. “I wasn’t trying for strikeouts.”

Rondell White had a two-run double and Xavier Nady hit a two-run homer off Jeff Austin (0-1), turning his first major league start into a loss. Shane Victorino also doubled home a pair of runs off Brian Reith.

Dunn had two errors in left field during Padres rallies. The Reds lead the majors with 29 errors in 23 games. They’re 8-15 and have yet to win more than two consecutive games.

The Dodgers’ Kevin Brown held them without a hit until the fifth inning on Thursday night, when Cincinnati rallied for a 3-2 win in 11 innings. Peavy immediately let them know they were in for another tough night.

Peavy struck out the side in the first. Dunn was the only one to reach through five innings— he walked twice.

Stinnett broke the no-hitter in the sixth, and Guillen hit the first pitch in the seventh for his third homer, a drive that barely made it into the stands in right.

Dunn added a sacrifice fly later in the seventh off reliever Mike Matthews, cutting the lead to 5-2. Reggie Taylor had a pinch solo homer in the eighth.

Austin, 26, had wild spells that doomed his first start. The right-hander was Kansas City’s first-round draft pick in 1998, made 31 relief appearance for the Royals in 2001-02, and came to the Reds in a minor league trade last March.

He threw nine consecutive balls in the second, walking a pair of batters, and walked two more in the third ahead of White’s double for a 2-0 lead.

“When I came over here, I wanted to start off with a win, and I didn’t do that,” Austin said. “I made some mistakes because I strayed from my game plan, and that’s something I can’t afford to do. I lost a little bit of my feel and my confidence took a hit.”

White singled ahead of Nady’s third homer in the sixth inning. Victorino singled later in the inning, continued to second on Dunn’s off-target return throw to the infield and eventually scored on Ramon Vazquez’s sacrifice fly.

Victorino’s two-run double made it 7-2 in the eighth.

Notes

The Padres are finishing their longest trip of the season—12 games over 15 days. They’re 4-6 so far. … 1B Ryan Klesko walked and has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games. Last season, he reached in 56 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the majors. … RHP Brian Lawrence is still scheduled to start Sunday for the Padres. Lawrence had a stiff neck on Thursday when he awoke. … Reds SS Barry Larkin is eligible to be activated Saturday, but will likely stay on the DL. The club wants him to take grounders to test his strained left calf, but pregame rain prevented him from working out Friday. … Taylor’s pinch homer as the fourth of his career. The other three were last season. … A fan in the second deck threw a foul ball onto the infield in theninth, and was ejected.

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