Winning at Petco Park has been a rarity for the San Diego Padres
this year. Consecutive victories in the spacious stadium has yet to
occur in 2011.
The Padres are in position to make it two straight in front of
the home fans as they continue a four-game series with the Houston
Astros on Saturday night.
After losing the opener Thursday, San Diego improved to 10-21 at
Petco with Friday’s 3-1 win. Dustin Moseley pitched seven strong
innings and Chris Denorfia had two hits, including a homer.
The turning point, according to Moseley, came when Padres
manager Bud Black was ejected in the fourth inning.
”It got everybody rocking and rolling,” Moseley said. ”It was
good. It definitely helps when you’ve got your fans behind you and
you have some energy flowing. Guys can feed off that.”
The Padres last won two in a row at home on Sept. 24 and 25
J.R. Towles drove in the lone run Friday for Houston, which had
its season-high four game win streak and a five-game run on the
”We didn’t have too many chances tonight,” third baseman Chris
Johnson said. ”But we’re not going to dwell on it. We’ll forget
about it and start a new streak tomorrow.”
The Astros are 0-10 when scoring two or fewer runs away from
San Diego’s Aaron Harang (5-2, 3.88 ERA) will try once again to
match his win total from each of the last three years while with
The right-hander has posted four straight no-decisions with a
3.55 ERA since beating Arizona on May 8. Over his last three
starts, Harang has allowed just four runs in 21 innings.
He was sharp again Monday, giving up two runs and six hits in
six innings of a 3-2 win in 10 over Atlanta.
Harang won his first four starts this year, including a
spectacular outing April 15 against the Astros. He yielded one run
and three hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in six innings
of the Padres’ 4-2 win in Houston.
Harang will be looking for his 13th career win against the
Astros (23-35). The 13 wins over the Chicago Cubs are his most
against any foe.
Hunter Pence, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games
Friday, is 8 for 25 in his career against Harang. Bill Hall (17 for
49) and Carlos Lee (16 for 43) have also fared well against the San
After a solid effort in his first major league start last month,
Houston’s Aneury Rodriguez (0-2, 5.40) has been knocked around
The right-hander gave up one hit and one walk in five innings of
a walk-off loss to the Reds on May 4. Over the next five starts,
Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA and has made it through six
He struggled against the Cubs on Monday, allowing six runs in
four innings before Houston rallied for a 12-7 win.
Rodriguez has never faced San Diego (25-33).