SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Reds manager Bryan Price watched Jake Peavy for years while working as a pitching coach in Seattle and Arizona.
Price is still plenty impressed with the veteran right-hander — who looked like quite the hitter, too, in his latest win.
Peavy homered through the low-hovering mist for his first long ball in more than nine years, leading San Francisco past Cincinnati 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Peavy struck out eight in six-plus innings on the mound and connected for his third career home run in the fourth against reliever Collin Balester. It was Peavy’s first since July 26, 2006, at Dodger Stadium with the Padres.
“I’ve seen him for a long time,” Price said. “I know people have talked about his stuff diminishing. … His fastball was still 90-92 (mph) with real good command and a good cutter and that sweeping breaking ball that he’s thrown for years.”
Peavy’s rare display of power gave Giants pitchers nine home runs this season, most since hitting 10 in 1934. The 1924 staff also had nine.
Peavy (7-6) became the fifth San Francisco pitcher to go deep this year, matching a major league record. Everyone in the rotation with at least 16 starts aside from rookie Chris Heston has homered, and Madison Bumgarner has five.
Brandon Phillips hit an RBI double in the sixth to put the Reds on the board a night after they rallied for a 9-8 win in 10 innings. Skip Schumaker doubled home a run in the seventh.
Cincinnati loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth but managed only one run.