PHOENIX -- Jake Peavy’s monthlong stay on the disabled list is fading into memory.
Peavy threw seven scoreless innings and Scott Hairston homered twice in the San Diego Padres’ 4-2 victory over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
“I was definitely better than I had been my previous couple of starts,” said Peavy, sidelined for just under a month in May and June because of a sore elbow. “I’m getting back to where if I have decent stuff I’m going to do much better than I have.”
Adrian Gonzalez also homered for the Padres, who have won two in a row after dropping 10 of their previous 11. The Diamondbacks lost for the fifth time in eight games.
Peavy (6-5) yielded just three hits, walked two and struck out six. After walking Miguel Montero with one out in the second, the reigning Cy Young Award winner retired the next 14 batters.
“I battled through the first two but then I found my groove and did what I do best, which is throwing strikes and staying ahead of the hitters,” Peavy said.