Houston at San Diego

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San Diego «10103200x7133

Padres 7, Astros 4

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SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman has gotten used to the blaring music and cheering fans when he jogs in from the bullpen in the ninth inning, and the feeling Wednesday night wasn't any different than the hundreds of other times he'd done it.

The result, though, was definitely significant.

Hoffman earned his 425th save to take sole possession of second place on the career list and the NL West-leading San Diego Padres beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Wednesday night to climb back to .500.

Hoffman broke a tie with John Franco for second place, pitching the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 chances this year. With 54 more saves, the closer will pass Lee Smith, who retired with 478.

Hoffman has been durable during his march up the career list, with the exception of 2003, when he had zero saves as he rehabbed from two offseason shoulder surgeries.

"The ability to do it for a long period of time, I think, is something that kind of separates a little bit from other guys that had phenomenal years," Hoffman said. "The ability to hold the position down for a few years and go out and do your job is something I'm proud of."

All but two of Hoffman's saves have been with San Diego, which acquired him from Florida on June 24, 1993, in a five-player deal that sent Gary Sheffield to the Marlins.

Hoffman tries not to think about catching Smith.

"Having gone through a couple of surgeries with the shoulder, and as close as maybe the numbers do look after 12 years and seeing where you've put yourself, I don't really allow myself to kind of look too far beyond that next opportunity," he said.

"But you know that it's in reach. There were a few years back there when I'm going through rehab that you're just worried about getting back on the mound. I'm excited where individually it stands, but more importantly, I'm glad it's happening in a San Diego Padres uniform."

Hoffman saves the ball from each of his saves, and he got a lineup card from Wednesday night's game.

He said he'll remember this save because longtime bullpen catcher Mark Merila, who's battling a brain tumor, warmed him up in the bullpen. Merila has been working home games only since he had a seizure in New York during a road trip in late July.

"Really, the hard work that I get accolades for, he's the guy behind the scenes that has much more on his shoulders than going out and pitching a ballgame," Hoffman said. "This is something that we'll share together."

Brian Giles had three hits and two RBI, Joe Randa had three hits and three runs, and Miguel Olivo drove in three runs for San Diego. Giles was 7-for-12 with five RBI in the series.

The Padres took two of three from the Astros, who dropped 1½ games behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race. The Phillies beat San Francisco.

San Diego increased its lead to six games over Arizona, which lost to the New York Mets, and Los Angeles, which lost to Colorado.

Leading 5-2 in the sixth, the Padres loaded the bases with one out against Mike Gallo. Chad Qualls came on and struck out Xavier Nady before hitting Damian Jackson and Olivo on consecutive pitches to force in two runs.

"It wasn't too pretty," manager Phil Garner said. "We were in trouble the whole night, it seemed like. We couldn't find the plate. When we did we gave up some hits."

The Astros pulled to 7-4 in the eighth on Brad Ausmus' RBI single and an unearned run that scored on a fielding error by Randa, the third baseman.

Giles drove in runs with a single in the first inning and a triple in the third. On Tuesday night, he drove in both of San Diego's runs in a 2-0 win over Roger Clemens, including a seventh-inning homer.

Padres starter Chan Ho Park (3-1) allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Lance Berkman had two RBI for the Astros.

Giles tied the game at 1 in the first when his single bounced off first base, bringing in Dave Roberts from third. Roberts drew a leadoff walk, stole second and advanced on Randa's groundout.

Berkman, who had an RBI double in the first, tied it in the fifth when his hit-and-run single brought in Ausmus from second.

But the Padres went ahead 5-2 in the fifth on four hits and two walks off two relievers.

The big hit was Olivo's two-run, bases-loaded single to right off Russ Springer with two outs to make it 5-2. Ryan Klesko singled in the go-ahead run off Wandy Rodriguez (8-6) with one out.

Astros starter Ezequiel Astacio lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He was pulled with runners on second and third and two outs in the fourth. Chad Harville came on and got Roberts to ground to first.

Notes

Rodriguez was bumped from the Astros' rotation because of off days on Thursday and Monday. ... The Padres will go with a six-man rotation, at least one time through. Adam Eaton will come off the DL and start Friday night, followed by Brian Lawrence, Pedro Astacio, Woody Williams, Jake Peavy and Park.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

B. Giles
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

B. Ausmus
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF4010100 .301
Craig Biggio, 2B5100005 .269
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Lance Berkman, 1B4022101 .295
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4010103 .287
Jason Lane, RF5000025 .260
Chris Burke, LF5110023 .234
Adam Everett, SS4000003 .242
Brad Ausmus, C3221100 .257
Ezequiel Astacio, P1000000 .188
    Chad Harville, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000001 .197
    Wandy Rodriguez, P0000000 .167
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH1000001 .208
    Mike Gallo, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   c- Jose Vizcaino, PH-2B1010000 .241
Totals384834422 
a-flied out for Harville in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Springer in the 6th
c-singled for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (28, Park), Morgan Ensberg (27, Park)
RBI - Lance Berkman 2 (55), Brad Ausmus (32)
2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman (24), Brad Ausmus (12)
SB - Chris Burke (10, 2nd base off Quantrill/Olivo)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - Brad Ausmus (5)
Houston Astros
Ezequiel Astacio 3.2622120 6.13
Chad Harville 0.1000000 4.58
Wandy Rodriguez (L,8-6) 0.1333000 6.23
Russ Springer 0.2100200 5.12
Mike Gallo 0.1222100 2.84
Chad Qualls 1.2000030 3.23
Brad Lidge 1100030 2.28
IBB - Loretta by Mike Gallo
HBP - Jackson (by Chad Qualls), Olivo (by Chad Qualls)
Pitches-Strikes - Ezequiel Astacio 80-50, Chad Harville 4-2, Wandy Rodriguez 24-12, Russ Springer 26-15, Mike Gallo 11-5, Chad Qualls 24-16, Brad Lidge 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ezequiel Astacio 7-2, Chad Harville 1-0, Wandy Rodriguez 1-0, Mike Gallo 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Ezequiel Astacio 18, Chad Harville 1, Wandy Rodriguez 4, Russ Springer 5, Mike Gallo 4, Chad Qualls 7, Brad Lidge 4
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF4100115 .263
Joe Randa, 3B5330001 .278
Brian Giles, RF5132001 .297
Ryan Klesko, LF5111014 .252
    Wilson Valdez, SS0000000 .194
Mark Loretta, 2B4120112 .296
Xavier Nady, 1B5020026 .262
Damian Jackson, SS-LF2001112 .257
Miguel Olivo, C3023001 .194
Chan Ho Park, P1000012 .308
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH0000100 .330
    Clay Hensley, P1000013 .000
    Paul Quantrill, P0000000 .000
    Akinori Otsuka, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3571374827 
a-walked for Park in the 5th
Batting
2B - Joe Randa (35, Astacio), Brian Giles (33, Gallo), Xavier Nady 2 (13, Astacio, Astacio)
3B - Brian Giles (7, Astacio)
SH - Damian Jackson (3), Chan Ho Park (3)
RBI - Brian Giles 2 (66), Ryan Klesko (50), Damian Jackson (22), Miguel Olivo 3 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Damian Jackson (9), Miguel Olivo 3 (9)
SB - Dave Roberts (19, 2nd base off Astacio/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Jackson-Loretta-Nady
E - Damian Jackson 2 (7, Misplayed grounder), Joe Randa (9, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Chan Ho Park (W,11-6) 5521220 5.91
Clay Hensley (H,2) 2000110 1.85
Paul Quantrill 0.2321000 5.28
Akinori Otsuka (H,16) 0.1000000 2.58
Trevor Hoffman (S,32) 1000110 3.59
Pitches-Strikes - Chan Ho Park 70-45, Clay Hensley 29-19, Paul Quantrill 17-12, Akinori Otsuka 8-4, Trevor Hoffman 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chan Ho Park 5-9, Clay Hensley 6-0, Paul Quantrill 1-1, Akinori Otsuka 1-1
Batters Faced - Chan Ho Park 23, Clay Hensley 8, Paul Quantrill 5, Akinori Otsuka 2, Trevor Hoffman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30928
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Joe Brinkman, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson