Guzman debuts for Padres with hit, RBI

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After Jake Peavy pitched another strong game, all the excitement in the San Diego Padres' clubhouse was about Freddy Guzman's performance.

While Peavy allowed just two hits in seven innings, Guzman made

his major league debut memorable with a hit, a run scored and an

RBI as San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Tuesday night.


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"I think he's going to help," Peavy said. "This ballclub

needs a little spark like that."

Guzman, recalled before the game from Triple-A Portland, was

inserted into the leadoff spot, played center field and went

1-for-5 with a walk in his debut.

"It was relaxed and it was a very emotional for me," Guzman

said through an interpreter. "It's something that they're showing

confidence in me, something you look for as a player. I want to

take that confidence to the next level."

Peavy (9-3) struck out nine, allowed just one run and didn't

walk a batter. Peavy allowed just a second-inning single by Andruw

Jones and a fourth-inning home run by Chipper Jones that extended

his streak of games with home runs to five. Peavy retired his final

10 batters.

Guzman singled in his first major league at-bat and scored, then

walked with the bases loaded later in the five-run first, getting

his first RBI. Jaret Wright (11-6) forced in a pair of runs with

bases-loaded walks and didn't make it out of the first inning.

"A great start for the kid," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

"Sure he was nervous, but he put together a great ballgame."

Brian Giles and Phil Nevin hit back-to-back homers in the second

when the Padres took an 8-0 lead, and Ramon Hernandez drove in

three runs. It was the first time San Diego has hit consecutive

home runs this season.

Jones, who has six homers in his last five games, raising his

season total to 21 and his career total to 301.

Adam LaRoche homered in the ninth off Scott Linebrink.

San Diego, which had 17 hits, won for just the second time in

nine home games. Giles and Hernandez had three hits each.

Peavy held the opposition to two earned runs or fewer for the

17th time in 18 starts and lowered his ERA to 2.08.

"It's so easy to do my job when the boys swing the bats like

that," Peavy said.

Wright lost for the first time in 15 starts since May 22 against

Los Angeles. Wright, who had won nine consecutive decisions,

allowed five runs, three hits and five walks -- one intentional -- in

just two-thirds of an inning.

"It was tough on Jaret," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "He

couldn't get any calls at all. A couple of the pitches were close.

It should have been only two or three runs."

Wright refused to blame plate umpire Tim McClelland by name, but

didn't hide his frustration at some of the ball-strike calls.

"I'm not going to say anything -- you guys make up your mind,"

Wright said. "It's frustrating not to get out of the first. They

put the ball in play and I walked too many."

Guzman, who replaced Jay Payton in center, scored the first run

in the first on Nevin's double. After an intentional walk to Ryan

Klesko loaded the bases, Wright forced in a run with a full-count

walk to Sean Burroughs.

Hernandez hit a two-run single, Peavy drew a full-count walk to

reload the bases and Guzman worked the count to 3-0, then walked on

a 3-2 pitch.

Tim Drew relieved Wright and retired Mark Loretta on a lineout.

Guzman, 23, has played four seasons in the San Diego minor

league system, including 101 games this season at Double-A Mobile

and Triple-A Portland, where he hit a combined .289 with 69 runs

and 65 steals.

The Braves, who lost for just the fourth time in their last 21

road games, scored four runs with two outs in the eighth off Ricky

Stone on a Rafael Furcal's RBI double, Marcus Giles' two-run double

and Mark DeRosa's run-scoring single.Game notes
Bochy said right-handed reliever Jay Witasick pulled a rib

muscle warming up during the game. Bochy said he expects Witasick

to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. ... The last

Padres to hit consecutive homers were Mark Kotsay and Klesko on

April 18 last year at Colorado. ... Wright's ERA jumped from 2.55

to 3.26.