Astros-Padres Preview

With their lengthy road skid in the past, the Houston Astros

have a good chance to build on their first victory away from home

in a month.

The Astros look to win consecutive road games for only the

second time this season Tuesday night while trying to continue

their success against Ross Ohlendorf and the San Diego Padres.

J.A. Happ threw 6 1-3 strong innings and Scott Moore hit a pair

of sacrifice flies to help Houston (34-56) snap a 13-game road

losing streak with a 2-0 win over San Diego on Monday. The victory

was the second in 15 games overall for the Astros, who last won on

the road June 14 at San Francisco.

“Everybody has been talking about what’s been going on on the

road and so forth, but we just needed to play good baseball,”

manager Brad Mills said.

Houston, 10-35 away from home, has not won back-to-back road

games since April 25-27.

The Astros didn’t make it easy on themselves Monday, recording

five hits and stranding 13 runners. However, Happ and three

relievers held a San Diego club that had totaled 14 runs and 20

hits while winning its previous two games to six hits.

Marwin Gonzalez had two hits and All-Star Jose Altuve scored

both runs for the Astros, who are batting .233 while averaging 3.5

runs on the road in 2012. Playing in place of injured shortstop Jed

Lowrie, Gonzalez is 4 for 8 since coming off the disabled list

Sunday from a bruised heel.

“We get a guy that’s aggressive and we’re able to do something

with him and Altuve up there,” Mills told the Astros’ official


Houston looks to hand San Diego (36-55) a fifth straight home

defeat if can again get the best of Ohlendorf (2-0, 7.41 ERA), who

is 0-6 with a 6.43 ERA in 10 starts against the Astros. A native of

Austin, Texas, Ohlendorf made his last start June 25 at Houston

when he allowed five runs, two homers and four walks over 3 2-3

innings of an 8-7, 10-inning win to raise his ERA to 8.64 in two

starts this season.

That performance sent the right-hander back to the bullpen where

he gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings of his last two appearances


Houston counters with Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.08), who tries a 15th

time for his first career road win. The right-hander allowed seven

runs and nine hits over four innings of an 11-2 loss at Pittsburgh

on July 2 to fall to 0-7 with a 6.15 ERA in 14 career starts away

from home.

That performance, however, was the only time in his last four

starts that Lyles gave up more than two runs. He rebounded July 8

by yielding two in seven innings of 5-3, 10-inning loss to


Lyles allowed a solo homer to Will Venable and overcame a

season-high four walks in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win over the

Padres on June 26. In his second career start, he gave up four runs

in four innings of a 7-2 loss at San Diego on June 5, 2011.

Carlos Quentin is 2 for 3 against Lyles, but its uncertain if

the Padres’ slugger will be in the lineup after he was scratched

Monday with a knee injury. He’s 5 for 15 with two RBIs versus

Houston this season.