Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 19
Arizona 1Final
San Diego 6
Game 2: Saturday, July 20
Arizona 7Final
San Diego 1
Game 3: Sunday, July 21
Arizona 9Final
San Diego 11

Diamondbacks 9

(57-41, 29-23 away)

Padres 11

(41-57, 26-25 home)

    5:00 PM ET, July 21, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    SD 06101300 - 11 - -

    W: J. Peavy (2-3)

    L: R. Johnson (13-4)

    S: T. Hoffman (23)

    Big Unit walks six in shortest outing of year

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres broke out of their slump against Randy Johnson with a bang.

    Jake Peavy
    Peavy

    Phil Nevin
    Nevin

    The Padres pounded the four-time Cy Young winner for eight runs and beat him for the first time in 14 regular-season tries, tripping the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-9 on Sunday.

    Phil Nevin had a three-run double and pitcher Jake Peavy added a two-run double in a six-run second inning against Johnson.

    "I felt good, I felt like I made some good pitches,'' Johnson said. "But when I had to throw a strike, they banged it pretty good.''

    Johnson (13-4) allowed eight hits in five innings -- his shortest outing of the season. Johnson had been 8-0 with a 1.57 earned-run average against the Padres.

    "Johnson has absolutely dominated us,'' Nevin said. "Normally, he is able to put his fastball (inside) and overmatch right-handed hitters. It seemed like he didn't have that today.''

    Johnson had trouble with his control early, walking four batters in the first two innings, including three in the second, all of whom scored. Johnson finished with a season-high six walks and nine strikeouts.

    "I think both pitchers were hurt by an extremely small strike zone,'' Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "It's not like him to walk six.''

    San Diego nearly squandered leads of 6-0, 8-5 and 11-6 before finally holding off the first-place Diamondbacks.

    Peavy started the scoring in the second inning with a two-run double, Nevin added a bases-loaded double and Ron Gant hit an RBI double, all with two outs.

    "That seemed to jump-start us,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said about Peavy's hit. "It got contagious.''

    Peavy (2-3) nearly gave away the lead when he allowed five runs in the third inning. But the rookie managed to last five innings for his second straight victory. Peavy allowed five runs -- four earned -- on four hits.

    Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 24 chances.

    Deivi Cruz and Ryan Klesko each drove in two runs for San Diego, which has won five of six.

    "I haven't pitched very well the second half of the season, and I know it,'' Johnson said. "It's tough to let your team down when they are counting on you to pitch well each time out.''

    Klesko's two-run double and a sacrifice fly by Cruz gave the Padres an 11-6 lead in the sixth.

    But the Diamondbacks closed the gap in the seventh on a two-run homer by Junior Spivey and a solo shot by Luis Gonzalez.

    Spivey drove in four runs and Gonzalez had three RBI.

    Bubba Trammell started the Padres' six-run second with a walk. After a strikeout, Cruz singled. After another strikeout, Peavy pulled a 95 mph fastball down the left-field line for a two-run double, his first career RBI.

    Walks to Gene Kingsale and Julius Matos setup Nevin, who cleared the bases with a three-run double down the right-field line. Gant followed with an RBI double.

    Peavy surrendered nearly all of the lead in the Diamondbacks third on a bases-loaded walk to Craig Counsell, a two-run single by Spivey and Gonzalez's two-run double.

    Game notes


    The eight earned runs allowed by Johnson are the most since he gave up nine in a 9-4 loss against St. Louis on April 8, 2001. The six walks are the most he's given up since walking seven in 5 2/3 inning on July 25, 2000, at St. Louis. ... Although San Diego has had little success against Johnson in the regular season, the Padres beat Johnson twice in the 1998 playoffs when he was with Houston. ... Johnson hit the 3,600 mark in career strikeouts when he struck out Peavy in the third inning. Johnson, fifth on the career list with 3,604, is 35 strikeouts shy of passing Hall of Famer Tom Seaver for fourth place. ... Wil Nieves, making his major league debut, collected his first career hit with a single off Johnson.

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