Padres 8, Astros 2

Yonder Alonso and the San Diego Padres’ hitters are showing some

signs of life.

Alonso hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs, and Ross

Ohlendorf pitched six innings to help the San Diego Padres beat the

Houston Astros 8-2 Tuesday night.

Alexi Amarista and Cameron Maybin each had three hits for the

Padres, , who have scored seven or more runs in three of four


”I think the past month has been a lot better,” Alonso said.

”The younger guys, especially myself, are more comfortable. You’re

seeing it from the younger guys, we’re having better at-bats. If

you have a group of guys having good at-bats against a pitcher, any

time you do that, it just gets better and better.”

Ohlendorf (3-0) allowed two runs, one earned, in his longest

outing of the season and gave up six hits while striking out six

and walking one. The right-hander has also made four relief

appearances but got his first win as a starter this season.

”In the beginning my slider wasn’t as good as it was later in

the game,” Ohlendorf said. ”I was really happy with the way I

pitched, especially going deeper in the game.”

Three relievers combined to hold Houston scoreless and give San

Diego its third win in four games.

Maybin drove a ball to the left-center field wall in in the

eighth that was caught by a fan who reached over the fence. Umpires

reviewed the play and ruled it a double. Two runs scored on the


”I saw the catch and I knew it was going to be ruled a

double,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”I saw it live but I

haven’t seen the replay yet.”

San Diego strung together four consecutive hits against Houston

starter Jordan Lyles in the fifth to build a 4-2 advantage. Chase

Headley doubled home Logan Forsythe, and Yasmani Grandal had a

run-scoring single.

Amarista’s single in the sixth scored Maybin and pushed the lead

to 5-2.

Lyles (2-6) yielded five runs on 11 hits over six innings, and

has yet to win a game on the road in his career. The right-hander

walked two and struck out three.

”I didn’t make pitches,” Lyles said. ”I need to just attack

each game like it’s a new game, put everything behind you. I’ve

just got to get a little more consistent.”

Alonso sent a 2-0 pitch from Lyles a few rows deep in the

left-field stands in the second to put San Diego on top 2-1. The

homer was Alonso’s fourth of the season, but his first at Petco


”It only took what, three months?” Alonso said. ”Hopefully I

don’t go that long without one, but that’s really not what I’m

looking to do. My thing is more doubles and driving guys in, but if

it comes, so be it.”

Fernando Abad hit Chase Headley with a pitch in the seventh

before Alonso doubled to left-center to score Headley and give San

Diego a 6-2 lead.

NOTES: Padres pitcher/ pinch-hitter Micah Owings will have

surgery on his right elbow. Black said the procedure will remove

some ”loose bodies” from the area. Owings has been on the

disabled list since April 26 with a strained right forearm. .

Astros SS Jed Lowrie has a sprained right ankle and a nerve issue

in his right leg, according to Mills. Lowrie, on the disabled list

since July 15, will wear a boot to immobilize the ankle. . Astros C

Jason Castro has swelling in his right knee but may return to the

team when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on