SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy's goal is to get his San Diego Padres back to the playoffs for the third straight season.
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Along the way, he's putting together an impressive resume for the NL Cy Young Award.
The right-hander lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.39, struck out 10 to take over the big league lead with 225 and pitched the Padres to a 5-1 win Sunday over the last-place San Francisco Giants.
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Peavy's 18 wins are the most in the NL and a personal best. He allowed four hits in 7ª innings and won for the ninth time in 10 decisions. His only loss in that span was at Arizona on Sept. 5 when he was pitching on three days' rest.
Peavy (18-6) struck out at least 10 for the ninth time this season -- again, a big league high -- and the 24th time in his career. His 225 strikeouts are a personal best, topping the 216 he had in 2005, when he led the NL.
"You watch him and he's in total control out there," said Giants leadoff batter Dave Roberts, who played for the Padres from 2005-06. "He has a great idea of what he wants to do with each hitter.
"I think he continues to be a more complete pitcher," he added. "He's tough out on the mound. He makes it tough for the hitters. When he is on, like he was today, you have to hope he makes a mistake."