Padres 3, Astros 1

The turning point in a rare home win for the San Diego Padres

came when manager Bud Black was ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson

in the top of the fourth inning.

”We turned around and scored some runs. It fired everybody

up,” winning pitcher Dustin Moseley said after the 3-1 victory

against the Houston Astros. Chris Denorfia homered and the Padres

won for just the 10th time in 31 home games.

The crowd certainly got fired up. Black was ejected while in the

dugout, then came out to argue with Gibson.

”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.”

Black was ejected for saying something to Gibson during an

at-bat by Astros starter J.A. Happ, who struck out to end the

inning.

”I thought that was a quick toss for Buddy for what he said,”

Moseley said. ”I don’t think he said anything real rude.”

It was a matchup of the two worst teams in the NL. The Astros

had their season-long four-game winning streak snapped.

Moseley (2-6) earned his first win at Petco Park by holding

Houston to one run and six hits in seven innings, with five

strikeouts and one walk. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 15th

save in 16 chances.

Denorfia hit a 2-1 pitch from Happ to center field with two outs

in the fifth, his fourth, to give the Padres a 3-1 lead.

”That was a bullet – from TV,” said Black, who watched from

his office. ”It would have been more of a bullet from the dugout.

TV doesn’t give that one justice, I don’t think. I wish I would

have saw that from the dugout.”

The Padres had gone up 2-1 in the fourth on four hits, which for

them is sometimes a game’s worth at Petco Park. Jason Bartlett had

a leadoff infield single and Chase Headley singled up the middle to

extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Ryan Ludwick singled up the

middle to bring in Bartlett while Headley was thrown out trying to

take third. With one out, Aaron Cunningham doubled into the

left-field corner to bring in Ludwick, who has 26 RBIs in his last

31 games.

Houston got its run in the fourth when Chris Johnson hit his

second straight triple and scored on J.R. Towles’ suicide

squeeze.

The Astros had runners on third in each of the first three

innings before stranding them. They were 0 for 7 with runners in

scoring position.

”We didn’t have too many chances tonight,” Johnson said. ”But

we’re not going to dwell on it. We’ll forget about it and start a

new streak tomorrow.”

Happ (3-7) tied Pittsburgh’s Paul Maholm for the most losses in

the NL. He went six innings, allowing three runs and six hits, with

two strikeouts and two walks.

NOTES: Padres C Nick Hundley, on the disabled list since May 5

with a strained muscle in his right side, will begin a rehab

assignment at Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. … Johnson was the

first Astros player with two triples in one game since Billy

Hatcher had two on June 1, 1989, against Los Angeles.