Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 29
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Game 2: Saturday, August 30
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Game 3: Sunday, August 31
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Padres 3

(54-82, 26-44 away)

Astros 1

(71-65, 42-29 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 31, 2003

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: J. Peavy (10-10)

    L: R. Villone (6-3)

    S: R. Beck (20)

    Houston musters only three hits

    HOUSTON (AP) -- The worse Jake Peavy felt Sunday, the better he pitched against the Houston Astros.

    Despite a stomach ailment, Peavy allowed only one hit over six innings to help lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 victory that dropped the Astros into second place in the NL Central.

    Peavy (10-10) gave up one run -- Morgan Ensberg's 21st homer in the first -- while striking out 10 in six innings.

    But Peavy wasn't sure he'd last that long.

    "I'm not sure what it was, something with my stomach," Peavy said. "Between innings, it would get worse. But I thought I was going to lose it on the mound in the fifth. That would have been embarrassing."

    That was during the stretch Peavy looked the strongest. He retired 10 batters in a row from the third through sixth before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh.

    "I got some medicine in the third inning that helped a little," Peavy said. "If it worked like that every game, I wouldn't mind being sick."

    Manager Bruce Bochy was impressed by Peavy's performance.

    "We knew he wasn't feeling well," Bochy said. "We checked on him the last couple of innings and he said he could go. I didn't know he felt that bad, but he said he almost threw up on the mound.

    "Jake's a very tough competitor. He had good stuff tonight throwing 95. He had his slider and his changeup and when you have that kind of command, you'll have success."

    The Astros had no excuses.

    "He threw a good game," Astros second baseman Jeff Kent said. "He had a good sinker. He kept us off guard throwing 94 now and then. He hung a few changeups and got away with it. We couldn't put any hits on the board and that hurts."

    Jeff Bagwell agreed.

    "He threw two kinds of fastballs: a change and a slider," Bagwell said. "Everything moved in different directions. He was effective and he made big pitches when he had to. Three hits and one run is not going to get it done. We were right there going into the seventh."

    Three relievers combined with Peavy to 3-hit the Astros. Scott Linebrink and Mike Matthews pitched a hitless seventh before Ensberg and Bagwell hit back-to-back singles off Jay Witasick in the eighth.

    Rod Beck pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in as many chances.

    Mark Loretta hit a two-run single for the Padres, who won the series 2-1 and improved to 11-4 at Minute Maid Park.

    The game was briefly delayed in the top of the ninth with one out when two fans ran onto the field from the third-base stands. The were quickly tackled by security behind the shortstop area, and led off in handcuffs. They were arrested for criminal trespassing and taken to city jail.

    Ron Villone (6-3) allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked only three, but all of the runs and walks came in the seventh, when Villone couldn't get the last out.

    With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Villone walked his third straight batter -- Sean Burroughs -- to force in the tying run.

    Loretta followed with his run-scoring single to drive in two more runs.

    Ensberg hit his 21st homer in the first off Peavy.

    Game notes

    Only San Francisco's 11-1 record is better than San Diego's mark at Minute Maid Park. ... Astros CF Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch for the 21st time this season. He's second in the NL behind Jason Kendall's 22. Biggio is the majors' active career leader and is third all-time in hit by pitches with 235 ... Ensberg needs four homers to tie the club record for homers by a third baseman. Doug Rader set the mark in 1970 ... Burroughs increased his career-high hitting streak to 12 games.

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