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Baxter, Denorfia pace bats; Padres hang on

Baxter, Denorfia pace bats; Padres hang on

Baxter, Denorfia pace bats; Padres hang on
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings were enough for the Padres to claim a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.

The three-run fourth came against Jake Peavy, who was making his third Cactus League start. The first three San Diego batters reached safely against the right-hander, with Cedric Hunter doubling home a run and Mike Baxter launching a two-run shot to right. Neither player stands in serious consideration to make the Padres' Opening Day roster.

Peavy finished with 67 pitches thrown in four innings, of which 47 went for strikes. He allowed three runs on six hits, walking one and fanning two, while calling the outing a significant step forward in his quest to come back from the torn tendon that connects the lat to the bone in his right shoulder.

San Diego also scored three runs off Chris Sale, who is one of the finalists for the White Sox closer's job with Matt Thornton.

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Aaron Harang started for the Padres and gave up just one earned run on five hits over four innings. That one run came on Lastings Milledge's leadoff home run in the third.

Alexei Ramirez added a two-run shot in the eighth, cutting the deficit to one, and marking his third Cactus League long ball. A.J. Pierzynski chipped in his first Cactus League home run, scoring Alex Rios in front of him in the sixth.

Chris Denorfia hit a solo shot in the seventh for the Padres' final run.

San Diego's Chase Headley had two more hits and is hitting .550 this spring. Reliever Cory Luebke struck out seven hitters over four innings, but gave up four runs on two home runs.

Padres up next: There's a good chance you'll see outfielder Aaron Cunningham in the lineup on Tuesday when the Padres play host to the Angels at the Peoria Sports Complex. Cunningham, attempting to make the team as a reserve outfielder, leads the Padres with 18 total bases this spring. He's hitting .310 with three doubles and two home runs. Also, Wade LeBlanc gets the start as he continues to make a push toward winning the No. 5 starting job in the rotation. The action begins Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. PT and can be heard on Gameday Audio.

White Sox up next: The White Sox have their lone scheduled off-day on the Cactus League ledger, but Tuesday won't be a day without work. Gavin Floyd will throw in a simulated game, keeping the right-hander on track for the regular season. The club returns to action Wednesday at home against the Giants, with lefty Mark Buehrle taking the mound. First pitch against the reigning World Series champs is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT and the game can be watched on MLB.TV.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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