Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 8/13)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 13
San Diego 7Final
New York 2
Game 2: Wednesday, August 14
San Diego 6Final
New York 2
Game 3: Thursday, August 15
San Diego 5Final
New York 3

Padres 7

(49-69, 18-40 away)

Mets 2

(58-60, 30-29 home)

    7:10 PM ET, August 13, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: J. Peavy (4-4)

    L: S. Trachsel (8-8)

    S: T. Hoffman (29)

    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.

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