Padres 6, Astros 3
After 32 home games, the San Diego Padres finally have
consecutive wins at spacious Petco Park.
Aaron Harang pitched into the seventh inning, Brad Hawpe had a
two-run double and the Padres beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on
Overall, it was San Diego’s 11th home win this season and the
third time the Padres scored at least six runs at Petco Park. Ryan
Ludwick scored three times and rookie Logan Forsythe put the Padres
ahead with his first big league RBI.
”There’s no doubt, it’s been well-chronicled that our record
isn’t where we need it to be at home and we’re going to try to do
everything we can to catch up in that regard,” manager Bud Black
Harang (6-2) did his part, holding the Astros to two runs and
six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Harang, who joined his hometown Padres in the offseason, matched
his win total from each of the last three seasons with the
Cincinnati Reds, when he struggled due to back spasms.
”I don’t really focus on that,” he said. ”Yeah, it is nice to
be able to get that kind of niche off my back that I wasn’t healthy
the last couple years. I just wasn’t pitching well. Yeah I did
battle some injuries the last couple years, but this game is weird,
man. It’s a very humbling game. Things work out in funny ways. I’m
just excited how things are going now and I’m excited how we’re
Heath Bell came on with runners on first and second and no outs
in the ninth and finished for his 16th save in 17 chances. Michael
Bourn hit a one-out RBI double, but Bell struck out Clint Barmes,
who homered in the third, and got Hunter Pence to fly out to right
field to end it.
Ernesto Frieri started the ninth by walking Angel Sanchez and
allowing a single by J.R. Towles.
Harang hit Chris Johnson with a pitch leading off the second.
Johnson eventually scored when Towles reached on an error by second
baseman Angel Sanchez, pulling the Astros within one.
The Astros opened that inning with runners on second and third
and no outs, and ended up stranding runners at second and third. In
the fifth, they stranded a runner on third.
”It would have been nice if with runners at second and third
with no outs we could have gotten another run,” Houston manager
Brad Mills said. ”Then, in the fifth, we weren’t able to get one
All of the Padres’ runs came with two outs.
”We’ve talked about finishing off hitters, finishing off
innings,” Mills said. ”At the same time, that’s when they’re
trying to get hits as well.”
Barmes tied it at 2 when led off the third with his third
The Padres regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when
Forsythe doubled to left to bring in Ludwick, who walked with two
”It feels real good,” Forsythe said. ”It was a big situation,
it put us up, and it’s even nicer with two outs. I got a pitch and
tried to be aggressive. That’s what I’m trying to get my swing to,
is a little bit more aggressive.”
The Padres piled on in the eighth with Alberto Gonzalez’s RBI
single and Rob Johnson’s two-run base hit.
Chase Headley, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and
Ludwick hit consecutive singles with two outs in the first. Hawpe
brought them both in when he doubled into the right-field
Pence tied his career high by extending his hitting streak to 16
games with a single in the first.
Houston’s Aneury Rodriguez (0-3) allowed three runs and five
hits in six innings.
NOTES: Sunday’s series finale has been pushed back from a normal
1:05 p.m. start to 3:35 p.m. to accommodate the Rock ‘n’ Roll
Marathon. The course will go through the Park at the Park beyond
center field at Petco Park. … Harang has worked at least six
innings in 10 of his 12 starts this season. Over his last four
starts, he has allowed six runs in 27 2-3 innings (1.95 ERA).