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Peavy goes 3-for-4, falls shy of complete game

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jake Peavy walked out of the bullpen before his
start against the New York Mets and thought he was going to be in
trouble.

A few hours later, the San Diego Padres rookie was within two
outs of his first major league complete game.

"I had a horrible bullpen before the game. Just horrible,''
Peavy said after allowing two runs and five hits in 8 1-3 innings
as the Padres beat the Mets 7-2 on Tuesday night.

"It wasn't the best I've felt coming in, but I was able to get
the outs,'' the right-hander said. "I was just disappointed I
couldn't finish.''

Peavy (4-4), in his ninth major league start, struck out a
career-high seven, walked one and won for the fourth time in five
decisions. He also got in on the offense, doubling his career hits
total by going 3-for-4 with a double, as the Padres got 12 hits.

"Sometimes you get a little bit lucky, I guess,'' said Peavy,
who was set to pitch and play outfield and middle infield at Auburn
before he was drafted out of St. Paul's Episcopal High School in
Alabama in the 15th round of the 1999 draft.

"I enjoy hitting,'' Peavy said. "But obviously I've lost a lot
since high school.''

The Padres won despite having a home run taken away from Ryan
Klesko after he had rounded the bases. Umpires reversed their call
and replays confirmed it was a foul ball.

"I thought a fan reached over and it was fair, but they made
the right call, though,'' Klesko said.

Trevor Hoffman got the last out with the bases loaded for his
29th save.

"The kid pitched well, just an outstanding job,'' Padres
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He wanted that complete game, but he
might have pressed a little in the ninth.''

Steve Trachsel (8-8), coming off his first complete game of the
season -- a 9-0 victory over Milwaukee last Thursday -- lasted just
three innings as the Mets dropped to two games under .500 at 58-60.

"He had great stuff,'' catcher Vance Wilson said. "They just
got a lot of flare hits.''

In a strange moment in the sixth, Klesko hit what he thought was
his 22nd homer of the season, and then struck out -- all in the same
at-bat.

Klesko hit a 2-0 pitch from reliever Jeff D'Amico down the
right-field line off the railing in the first deck, and first-base
umpire Andy Fletcher signaled the ball was fair for a home run.

But as Klesko circled the bases, Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn
and manager Bobby Valentine argued the call with Fletcher and the
umpires gathered.

With fans on the foul side of the pole pointing at the spot on
the railing where the ball hit, the call was quickly overturned.

"I called it a home run and then asked for help because I
wasn't 100 percent sure, and we got the play right,'' Fletcher
said. "We asked the crew and we got it right.''

Padres manager Bruce Bochy came out to discuss it, but Klesko
was sent to the plate again and struck out two pitches later. He
headed back to the dugout, clearly upset with the reversal, and
tossed his helmet back onto the field.

"I was mad because they were the same crew that got me in
Pittsburgh when they took a homer away and called it a double
earlier this season,'' Klesko said. "Any time you hit a home run
and they call it back, it's going to be a hot situation at first.''

The Padres scored four times in the first -- all the runs Peavy
needed.

Ramon Vazquez led off with a walk and moved to second on a
sacrifice by Eugene Kingsale. Klesko flied out, but Trachsel walked
Phil Nevin and allowed an RBI single to Ron Gant to make it 1-0.

Deivi Cruz hit a hard grounder to third base but Ty Wigginton,
playing for the injured Edgardo Alfonzo, couldn't handle the ball
for an error and Nevin scored. Bubba Trammell and Tom Lampkin
followed with consecutive RBI singles before Trachsel got Peavy to
foul out to end the inning to a chorus of boos from the Shea
Stadium crowd.

"Nothing I could do,'' Trachsel said. "I make quality pitches
and they get hits out of them.''

In the fourth, the Padres made it 6-0 on an RBI single by Klesko
and a sacrifice fly by Gant.

Peavy, Vazquez and Kingsale hit consecutive singles to load the
bases and Klesko hit a liner back to Trachsel, who stopped the ball
with his glove but the ball popped in the air behind him and fell
to the ground allowing Peavy to score.

Trachsel left after the hit, and Scott Strickland came in and
gave up Gant's sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

"My elbow hurts more than anything, diving for that ball,''
Trachsel said. "I still feel like I should have caught it.''

The Padres added another run in the fifth when Trammell hit a
leadoff triple and Lampkin had a sacrifice fly.

Wilson, starting at catcher for Mike Piazza, who was scratched
with a sore left wrist, homered for the Mets in the fifth.

Game notes
The Padres had scored just three runs in Peavy's four
losses, but 21 in his three previous wins. ... Peavy is 6-for-18
(.333) this season. ... Piazza, who has been fighting through a
number of nagging injuries, was available to pinch-hit.