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Maddux looks to follow Peavy's lead

Maddux looks to follow Peavy's lead

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres are putting the last three games of the first half of their season in the hands of their best three pitchers in search of a little momentum heading into the All-Star break.

Following Jake Peavy's Friday start are Greg Maddux and Randy Wolf. Peavy started it off with seven shutout innings of the Braves. Now, the Padres will see if Maddux can try to duplicate Peavy's performance.

Maddux is 3-7 with a 3.90 ERA but is 0-3 in his past 10 games. The record can be a little bit misleading, but maybe this time he'll to get some help from the Padres' hottest bat.

Outfielder Scott Hairston has been on a tear of late. Since June 25, Hairston is hitting .500 (17-for-34) with six doubles, one triple, five home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs scored. Padres manager Bud Black says that when Hairston is hot, he can be a dynamic player, and for the last month, that is exactly what Hairston has been.

The Padres have won four of their past seven and a series victory against the Braves would go a long way toward them trying to climb back into the National League West race in which they are nine games back.

The Braves will attempt to thwart the Padres' plan with right-hander Charlie Morton.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Greg Maddux (3-7, 3.90 ERA)
Maddux was his usual self in getting multiple ground-ball outs in his last outing against the Florida Marlins on July 7, but he still came away with the loss. Maddux has been a victim of either no-decisions or decisions in which he hasn't gotten enough run support all season. Against the Marlins, Maddux went a solid six innings giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits.

ATL: RHP Charlie Morton (1-2, 6.84 ERA)
Morton gave up six runs on eight hits Sunday against the Astros, but his start was inconsequential after the Braves needed 17 innings to pick up the win. Morton hung a two-out breaking ball to Ty Wigginton, who hit a third-inning grand slam and put Morton and the Braves in an early hole. Morton responded well, though, retiring the next nine batters he faced before giving up another run in the sixth inning. Morton is 0-2 with an 8.36 ERA in three starts at Turner Field. He is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA (six earned runs in 11 innings pitched) in two road starts this season.

Tidbits
Peavy has tossed 14 consecutive scoreless innings with two straight scoreless outings. He also has a 1.45 ERA at PETCO Park this season. ... Hairston is hitting .345 with eight doubles, two triples, eight home runs, six walks and one hit by pitch when leading off an inning this season. ... Adrian Gonzalez tied Tony Gwynn for fifth in franchise history with 71 RBIs prior to the All-Star break.

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Up next
• Sunday: Padres (Randy Wolf, 6-8, 4.38) vs. Braves (Jorge Campillo, 3-4, 3.06), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: All-Star break
• Tuesday: All-Star break

Ronald P. Clark is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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