NEW YORK Jake Peavy was a unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts pitching's version of a Triple Crown.
The San Diego Padres ace received all 32 first-place votes and finished with 160 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Arizona sinkerballer Brandon Webb, last year's winner, was a distant runner-up with 94 points. He was listed second on 31 ballots and third on one.
Peavy went 19-6 while topping the majors in ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240) for the Padres, who came within one win of their third consecutive playoff berth. He joined Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to win a Cy Young Award without tossing a complete game.
It was the 12th time an NL pitcher has been a unanimous choice for the honor, the first since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2002. The 26-year-old right-hander became the fourth Padres pitcher to win the award, joining reliever Mark Davis (1989), Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry (1978) and lefty Randy Jones (1976).
Brad Penny of the Los Angeles Dodgers finished third, Cincinnati's Aaron Harang was fourth and Chicago's Carlos Zambrano came in fifth.