San Diego at Houston

San Diego
W: D. Brocail (3-1) L: J. Jennings (2-7)
HR: SD - M. Cameron (14), A. Gonzalez (16), K. Kouzmanoff (11)   HOU - E. Munson (4), L. Berkman (16), L. Scott (13), C. Burke (3)

Padres plate 11 runs in first inning off Astros' Jennings, win 18-11

CBS wire reports

HOUSTON -- The San Diego Padres had their best offensive game of the season on the day their greatest hitter was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Mike Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers during an 11-run first inning off Jason Jennings in the Padres' 18-11 rout of the Astros on Sunday.

The Padres put up their highest run total in five years and pounded out a season-high 19 hits while Tony Gwynn participated in ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"We took the walks, we got the hits, and when they made mistakes, we did damage," said Cameron, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles.

San Diego started its offensive outburst while Gwynn was giving his induction speech.

Brian Giles had a two-run double and starting pitcher Tim Stauffer, called up from the minors on Saturday, had a two-run single as San Diego put together its biggest first inning since scoring 13 against St. Louis on Aug. 24, 1993.

It was the most runs allowed by the Astros in an inning since they gave up 14 in the first against Cincinnati on Aug. 3, 1989.

Milton Bradley and Josh Bard also drove in runs during the Padres' best run-producing inning since a 12-run outburst in the ninth inning of a 15-2 win over Colorado on Sept. 12, 2004.

Gonzalez said the Padres became more aggressive as the inning wore on, sensing that Jennings was struggling.

"He was just trying to get through the inning," Gonzalez said. "He was just throwing strikes and we weren't wasting the pitches he was throwing."

Bard added an RBI double and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Brad Lidge as the Padres matched their highest run total since an 18-2 win over Florida on Aug. 23, 2002.

Jennings (2-7) allowed eight hits and three walks, including the first two batters he faced. Bradley lined a ground-rule double into the right-field seats and Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to put the Padres up 2-0. Khalil Greene followed with a single, prompting a mound visit from Astros pitching coach Dave Wallace.

It didn't do any good.

Bard blooped a single to left to score Bradley and make it 3-0. Kouzmanoff flew out before Jennings walked Geoff Blum to load the bases.

"It obviously was the worst inning of my baseball career," said Jennings, who threw only 39 pitches. "It was pretty much an embarrassment. I was embarrassed for my teammates and for the fans."

Stauffer, a career .154 hitter, then drove a single to left, scoring Greene and Bard and triggering boos from the fans at Minute Maid Park. Giles added a double into the right-field corner, scoring Blum and Stauffer to make it 7-0.

Cameron followed with a homer to left, his 14th. Bradley singled before Gonzalez hit his 16th homer as the jeers for Jennings intensified.

"We took advantage of a guy who didn't have his best stuff," Cameron said.

Houston manager Phil Garner finally jogged to the mound to mock cheers and Mark McLemore relieved Jennings. McLemore, called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, retired Bard on a grounder to end the inning.

"It's one of those that you just flush down the toilet and try to move on," Jennings said. "But it's definitely something I'll never forget."

Cameron tacked on an RBI double in the second inning off McLemore.

Doug Brocail (3-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief to get the win.

Stauffer took Chris Young's place in the rotation after Young was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. The 12-run cushion seemed safe until the Astros rallied for eight runs over the next two innings.

Eric Munson hit a solo homer in the third. Mark Loretta led off the fourth with a walk before Lance Berkman hit his 16th homer into the Astros' bullpen. Two outs later, Luke Scott homered to right to make it 12-4.

Stauffer then walked Jason Lane and Munson, and pinch hitter Orlando Palmeiro singled to center to score Lane.

Clay Hensley relieved Stauffer, but Chris Burke hit his first pitch into the left-field seats, cutting the Padres' lead to 12-8.

"It can go either way when you get that many runs early," Cameron said. "All they have left to do is come back."

The Padres squelched the Astros' comeback with a three-run fifth. Cameron doubled off Dave Borkowski and scored on Bradley's single. Gonzalez reached on an error and Greene singled again to load the bases.

Bard then hit a grounder back to Borkowski, but the pitcher's throw home was off-target and Bradley scored for a 14-8 lead. Gonzalez scored on Kouzmanoff's ground out.

Scott, Lane and Munson had RBI singles in the fifth off Justin Hampson.


  • The Padres' previous season-high run total came in a 12-6 win over Baltimore on June 19. They hadn't reached double-digit runs in a game since.
  • The Astros matched a season high for homers in a game with four.
  • The Astros' run total was their highest in a loss since losing 14-12 to the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 20, 2002.
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Jason Jennings would love to forget this horrendous outing: eight hits, 11 runs and only two outs.  (AP)
Jason Jennings would love to forget this horrendous outing: eight hits, 11 runs and only two outs. (AP)

Players of the Game

L. Scott
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
San Diego

M. Cameron
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5222104 .295
Mike Cameron, CF5333100 .252
Milton Bradley, LF6332002 .320
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5323000 .271
Khalil Greene, SS5120121 .235
Josh Bard, C6232001 .274
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B6223023 .233
Geoff Blum, 2B4110212 .237
Tim Stauffer, P3112022 .333
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .182
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000013 .219
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000000 .235
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Hensley in the 5th
b-grounded out for Meredith in the 8th
2B - Brian Giles (17, J. Jennings), Mike Cameron 2 (25, McLemore, Borkowski), Milton Bradley (6, J. Jennings), Adrian Gonzalez (32, Lidge), Josh Bard (15, Lidge)
HR - Mike Cameron (14, J. Jennings), Adrian Gonzalez (16, J. Jennings), Kevin Kouzmanoff (11, Lidge)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (5)
RBI - Brian Giles 2 (23), Mike Cameron 3 (52), Milton Bradley 2 (19), Adrian Gonzalez 3 (63), Josh Bard 2 (26), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (44), Tim Stauffer 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Giles 2 (11), Mike Cameron 3 (22), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (17), Josh Bard (7), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (16), Tim Stauffer 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
E - Adrian Gonzalez (5, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Tim Stauffer 3.2477333 17.18
Clay Hensley 0.1111001 7.11
Justin Hampson 0.1533000 2.87
Doug Brocail (H,4; W,3-1) 1.2000000 4.27
Cla Meredith 1300020 4.38
Heath Bell 2100040 1.97
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 89-56, Clay Hensley 2-2, Justin Hampson 24-18, Doug Brocail 18-14, Cla Meredith 19-14, Heath Bell 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 2-6, Justin Hampson 1-0, Doug Brocail 1-4, Cla Meredith 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 18, Clay Hensley 2, Justin Hampson 6, Doug Brocail 5, Cla Meredith 6, Heath Bell 7
Houston Astros
Chris Burke, 2B5113015 .223
Mark Loretta, SS4100110 .294
Lance Berkman, 1B5112010 .259
Carlos Lee, LF5110000 .298
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
Ty Wigginton, 3B5120020 .277
Luke Scott, RF5232011 .248
Jason Lane, CF4111112 .168
Eric Munson, C4232111 .303
Jason Jennings, P0000000 .059
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
    Matt Albers, P1000010 .182
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1111000 .250
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Biggio, PH1000002 .248
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Lamb, PH1010000 .299
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Eric Bruntlett, LF0000000 .284
a-singled for Albers in the 4th
b-popped out for Borkowski in the 5th
c-singled for Qualls in the 7th
2B - Carlos Lee (28, Hampson)
HR - Chris Burke (3, Hensley), Lance Berkman (16, Stauffer), Luke Scott (13, Stauffer), Eric Munson (4, Stauffer)
RBI - Chris Burke 3 (14), Lance Berkman 2 (65), Luke Scott 2 (45), Jason Lane (12), Eric Munson 2 (11), Orlando Palmeiro (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Burke 3 (10), Luke Scott (16), Orlando Palmeiro (3)
Team LOB - 6
E - Dave Borkowski (1, Throwing), Chris Burke (3, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Jason Jennings (L,2-7) 0.281111302 5.99
Mark McLemore 1.1311110 7.04
Matt Albers 2100020 4.99
Dave Borkowski 1331110 5.05
Trever Miller 1000000 5.28
Chad Qualls 1100030 3.61
Brad Lidge 1.2333011 2.44
Brian Moehler 0.1000000 5.97
IBB - Blum by Dave Borkowski
WP - Brad Lidge (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 39-21, Mark McLemore 25-16, Matt Albers 24-16, Dave Borkowski 41-23, Trever Miller 11-7, Chad Qualls 12-11, Brad Lidge 28-17, Brian Moehler 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark McLemore 1-2, Matt Albers 2-2, Dave Borkowski 3-1, Brad Lidge 2-2, Brian Moehler 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 13, Mark McLemore 8, Matt Albers 7, Dave Borkowski 9, Trever Miller 3, Chad Qualls 4, Brad Lidge 8, Brian Moehler 1
Game Information
Attendance - 39350
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds