SEATTLE (AP)—It was nothing exceptional the way Jake Peavy saw it, just his usual arsenal of fastballs and changeups.
Yet for some reason, Peavy thrives against the Seattle Mariners.
Peavy pitched three-hit ball for seven shutout innings and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts, leading the San Diego Padres past Seattle 6-1 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory.
“I didn’t feel the best, but I’ll take it,” Peavy said. “I don’t classify it best or worst. Anytime this team wins on my day, I’m awfully proud of myself and the 24 other guys.”
The surging Padres, who lead the NL West at 26-16, improved to 17-3 in their last 20 games.
“We’re playing good defense and we’re pitching well,” said Brian Giles, who hit a two-RBI double. “That’s going to win you games. Even when you go through tough times, that’s going to eliminate those six- or seven-game losing streaks.”
As usual, the 23-year-old Peavy (4-0) was tough on Seattle. He walked only one and improved to 3-0 against the Mariners.
“It’s nothing,” he said. “I just happened to make good pitches on nights when they were the opposing team. They have a good offensive ballclub. You’ve got to be on your A-game to throw against them.”
Peavy has pitched 21 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings against Seattle.
“That was probably as dominating a pitching performance as we’ve seen all year,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “He throws strikes. Everything is firm. He’s got good stuff.”
“Their pitching was good, too,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “We only got four hits, but we got the most out of them. There was some clutch hitting.”
“I got in that one jam when Sexson and Boone led off the inning,” Peavy said. “I knew I had to be aggressive. Ibanez swings a good bat.”
Hernandez hit his fifth homer on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the second. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki leaped at the wall, but the ball dropped into the second row beyond his reach.
The Padres took a 3-0 lead in the fifth, scoring two runs with just one hit. Geoff Blum hit an RBI single to score Sean Burroughs, who drew a one-out walk. Khalil Greene, aboard after being hit by a pitch, scored on Dave Roberts’ sacrifice fly.
Suzuki made a highlight-reel catch for that out, snagging the ball backhanded while sprinting toward center.
“It’s like they have two center fielders,” Giles said.
San Diego made it 6-0 in a three-run seventh, highlighted by Giles’ two-run double off Matt Thornton with two outs.
Franklin worked 6 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and three hits. He had five strikeouts but hurt himself with five walks, losing for the fifth time in six decisions.
“They’re going good right now,” he said. “They aren’t swinging at those balls that are an inch or two off the plate.”
Peavy struck out 10 against Pittsburgh on April 7, his first start. … Seattle RHP Jorge Campillo made his major league debut, working the ninth. … San Diego is 15-3 this month. Last May, the Padres went 13-14. … Suzuki has played in 118 straight games dating to July 11, the seventh longest streak in the majors. Orioles SS Miguel Tejada is first at 797 games, dating to June 2, 2000. … Peavy is 6-2 in interleague games. Last July 28, he gave up only three hits in eight innings when the Padres beat Seattle 6-0.