SAN DIEGO - Perhaps they were taxed from an extra-inning game the night before, maybe they were content with the series win already, or Jake Peavy could possibly just be that good.
No matter the reason, the Diamondbacks didn’t have a fighting chance in an 11-0 loss to the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.
Peavy struck out 10 to pass 1,000 for his career, and newly acquired Morgan Ensberg hit two two-run homers in his first start with the Padres.
It was a badly needed lift for the two-time defending NL West champions, who had lost 12 of 19 games after the All-Star break. Third-place San Diego avoided a three-game sweep and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Diamondbacks.
Ensberg, Rob Mackowiak and Wilfredo Ledezma all contributed two days after being acquired before the trade deadline.
“We’re excited to have those guys and hope we’ve got enough,” Peavy said. “We’re going to try to fight and claw our way back to the top and win this thing.”
Khalil Greene hit a three-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez had a solo shot.
Ensberg homered for the Padres a week after homering against them. Mackowiak, who came over from the White Sox, also made his first San Diego start. Batting leadoff, Mackowiak went 2-for-5, stole a base and scored two runs.
Probably the most important performance, though, was by Peavy.
The 26-year-old right-hander ended a four-game losing streak in his previous start and built on that performance.
He held Arizona to three hits in seven innings, with one walk. Relievers Cla Meredith and Ledezma each pitched a perfect inning to finish San Diego’s 15th shutout, tops in the majors.
With 1,004 strikeouts, Peavy (11-5) joined Andy Benes (1,036) as the only Padres pitchers to reach the 1,000-strikeout plateau.
Peavy struck out the side in the first inning. He reached 1,000 when he got Jeff DaVanon to look at strike three leading off the fourth. Peavy struck out DaVanon three times and allowed only one base runner to reach third.
“He’s got great stuff,” Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew said. “He throws everything at you and uses it as a weapon. You can’t sit on any one pitch. The best thing you can do is look for a pitch up.”
Losing pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (2-3) allowed five runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked four.