The Washington Post
Orioles Lose Ninth Straight
Peavy Escapes Bases-Loaded Jam Padres 12, Orioles 6
SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy struck out seven in six innings and Marcus Giles and Khalil Greene drove in three runs apiece to lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-6 win over Baltimore on Tuesday night, handing the Orioles their ninth straight loss.
The Orioles lost for the 14th time in 16 games and for the first time under interim manager Dave Trembley, who replaced the fired Sam Perlozzo on Monday.
Peavy (9-1) took a threehitter into the sixth with a 5-0 lead before he gave up three runs. But the righthander got out of a jam when he struck out Paul Bako with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Peavy now leads or is tied for the lead in three major NL pitching categories. He moved into a tie with Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels and the Dodgers’ Brad Penny for the lead in victories. Peavy also passed Hamels for the league lead in strikeouts with 107.
Despite allowing three or more earned runs for the third time in four starts, Peavy maintained his NL lead as his ERA moved from 1.82 to 1.98. He’s pitching like the guy who led the NL in ERA in 2004 and in strikeouts in 2005.
“I honestly can’t remember 2004 or 2005,” the 26year-old said. “I know I had some good runs at it, but I’ve felt good this whole season.”
Giles hit a three-run homer in the second off Steve Trachsel (5-5). Greene, who hit a one-out solo homer in the fourth off Trachsel, capped the Padres’ six-run sixth inning with a two-run single. Greene tied his career high with four hits.
Peavy allowed three runs on six hits and walked two.
Trachsel gave up five runs on six hits in 42⁄ innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked three.
Miguel Tejada drove in three runs for Baltimore. Tejada singled in a run as part of the Orioles’ three-run sixth. He added a two-run double off Justin Hampson in the seventh.
“I thought our approach was a lot better, but the results were not what we were looking for,” Trembley said.
In the sixth, Freddie Bynum led off by getting hit by a pitch. With one out, Corey Patterson singled and Nick Markakis walked to load the bases. Tejada singled in one run before Melvin Mora made the score 5-3 with a two-out single.
Peavy then walked pinch hitter Jay Gibbons to load the bases again before he struck out Bako on his 100th pitch.