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Behind a strong performance by Jake Peavy, the San Diego Padres beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Sunday.<br><br> Trevor time is almost upon us, and the Friars minor league teams are getting knocked out of the playoff race daily...

Despite a stomach ailment, Jake Peavy (10-10) allowed only one hit, Morgan Ensberg's 21st homerun in the first inning, over six innings while striking out ten.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Ron Villone (6-3) walked his third straight batter, Sean Burroughs, to force in the tying run. Mark Loretta followed with his run-scoring single to drive in two more runs.

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

Trevor Hoffman tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Lake Elsinore Storm's 14-1 win at High Desert on Saturday night. He faced five batters, allowing one hit and striking out two. Hoffman is scheduled to be activated when the Padres expand their roster on Tuesday.

Burroughs increased his career-high hitting streak to 12 games.


Carlton Loewer (7-9) lost his sixth straight decision after giving up seven runs -- four earned -- and eight hits over four innings as Portland lost to Edmonton 7-2. Portland has lost 4 of its last six.

Chris Oxspring (10-6), who had allowed two runs or fewer in his last seven starts, suffered the loss after getting tagged for six runs and eight hits over five innings as Mobile lost to West Tennessee 7-4. The BayBears have lost their last five games. Humberto Quintero hit a solo homer to continue his hot hitting.

Gabe Ribas allowed seven runs over five innings in an 11-5 Lake Elsinore loss to High Desert. Marcus Nettles went 5-5 with two stolen bases in the defeat.

Bryan Edwards (4-7) started for the Wizards and went six innings, allowing just the run on six hits while walking two and striking out two, but the Fort Wayne offense never got off the ground in a 1-0 loss to Battle Creek.

Billy Hogan drove in two runs with a single in the eighth to help secure a 5-2 victory over Salem-Keizer. Eddie Bonine saved his 13th game of the season with a scoreless ninth. Nobuaki Yoshida, making his first start of the season for Eugene, went five innings, allowing one run and six hits. Jordan Pickens hit his fourth home run of the season in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

Idaho Falls got into the win column for the second day in a row with an 8-7 victory over Casper. Thomas Martinez went 4-4 and Tom Vincent hit a three run shot. Ryan Klatt picked up the win in relief.

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