San Diego at Houston

San Diego
W: E. Frieri (1-1) L: M. Melancon (1-1)
S: H. Bell (4)
HR: SD - N. Hundley (3),J. Cantu (1)   HOU - None

Padres 8, Astros 6 wire reports

HOUSTON -- Will Venable gave the Padres the lead with his bat and almost gave it back with his glove.

Venable hit a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning and the San Diego Padres rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Then, he made closer Heath Bell's job tougher in the ninth when he misplayed a flyball for an error, helping the Astros load the bases.

"All is well that ends well," Venable said.

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Bell got his 38th consecutive save the hard way. He loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and then got the last two batters on a strikeout and groundout.

"I thought Will had that ball," Bell said. "I had to pick Will up at that point."

The Padres salvaged a split in the four-game series. Houston hasn't won a series over San Diego since June 29-July 2, 2009, and the Padres haven't lost a series in Houston since 2005.

Trailing 6-4 at the start of the eighth, the Padres got a run on Jason Bartlett's one-out RBI single. Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe walked to load the bases then Venable singled to right field for the go-ahead hit off Mark Melancon (1-1).

Jeff Fulchino came on and walked pinch-hitter Orlando Hudson to load the bases again and Jorge Cantu walked to force in the fourth run of the inning.

"Will got on the high fast ball and lined it out to center," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That was a big hit. We had some good at-bats all through that (eighth inning). We didn't extend the zone, we swung and strikes and took balls."

Ernesto Friero (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory. He struck out three and allowed one hit.

Jason Michaels singled off Bell to start the Astros ninth. Chris Johnson struck out and Brett Wallace walked. Humberto Quintero hit a long fly to Venable, the right fielder, who missed the ball for an error loading the bases. Matt Downs struck out of a full count and Jason Bourgeois grounded out to end the game.

"I don't know what it is, maybe we were playing a big uphill battle," Bell said. "We weren't getting that big hit. We've got to fight and scratch and claw for every win right now. Maybe I've got to do that, too."

Venable took credit for the dramatic ninth inning.

"I have no excuses," Venable said. "I will say the lights made it tougher on me than it needed to be but that's a play you have to make."

Brett Myers extended his string of pitching at least six innings to 36 of his last 37 starts. He allowed a solo homer to Nick Hundley in the second and a two-run shot to Cantu in the fifth. Myers struck out four and walked two.

"I try to leave everything on the field when I go out there," Myers said. "I don't try to back down from anything, even if I'm not feeling as good as I think I should feel that day. I'm still going to go out there and battle and give us a chance to win."

San Diego's Clayton Richard pitched 5 1-3 innings, and allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out five.

"I could tell my stuff wasn't as good as it's been in the past," Richard said. "We were faced with a tough situation later in the game but the bats pulled through and of course the bullpen did a tremendous job."

Hundley led off the second inning with a first-pitch home run, his third of the season. Myers then struck out Ryan Ludwick and Cameron Maybin tripled over center fielder Bourgeois' head.

Maybin was caught in a rundown on a grounder by Bartlett and Myers struck out Richard to keep it a one-run game.

Bill Hall, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, gave the Astros the lead with a two-run single in the second. Michaels walked and Johnson doubled before Hall singled down the first base line. He was caught trying to take second.

Houston got two more runs in the third on an RBI double by Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee's RBI single.

Cantu's two-run homer in the fifth continued his success against Myers. Cantu is hitting .450 for his career against Myers.

"We've played so well defensively so far," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "I think going into yesterday we were the top team defensively - and so to see that fall apart. That's something we haven't been doing. That was tough."


  • Hudson's 11-game hitting streak ended Saturday night but he still has reached base in all 15 games this season. He was 0 for 3 Saturday with a walk. He is 6 for 6 on stolen bases this season.
  • Brad Hawpe has the second best batting average against Houston among active players (50 for 145, .345.).
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J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 1
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San Diego Padres
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   a- Will Venable, PH-RF3212000 .159
Eric Patterson, 2B1000200 .091
   b- Orlando Hudson, PH-2B0001100 .300
Chase Headley, 3B5120013 .269
Jorge Cantu, 1B4113103 .176
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    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C5221015 .348
Ryan Ludwick, LF5010020 .125
Cameron Maybin, CF5120012 .250
Jason Bartlett, SS4121101 .167
Clayton Richard, P3000023 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   c- Brad Hawpe, PH-1B1000101 .139
a-flied out for Denorfia in the 5th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Patterson in the 7th
c-walked for Frieri in the 8th
2B - Chase Headley 2 (6, Myers, Myers)
3B - Cameron Maybin (2, Myers)
HR - Jorge Cantu (1, Myers), Nick Hundley (3, Myers)
SF - Orlando Hudson (2)
RBI - Will Venable 2 (3), Orlando Hudson (4), Jorge Cantu 3 (6), Nick Hundley (9), Jason Bartlett (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu 3 (4)
SB - Will Venable (3, 2nd base off Fulchino/Quintero), Cameron Maybin (4, 2nd base off Myers/Quintero)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1
DP - Hundley-Patterson
E - Will Venable (1, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard 5.1766150 4.50
Ernesto Frieri (W,1-1) 1.2100030 2.08
Mike Adams (H,4) 1000000 1.13
Heath Bell (S,4) 1100120 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 76-49, Ernesto Frieri 20-16, Mike Adams 12-9, Heath Bell 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 5-5, Mike Adams 1-2, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 23, Ernesto Frieri 5, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 6
Houston Astros
Jason Bourgeois, CF5110013 .313
Angel Sanchez, SS4000001 .302
Hunter Pence, RF4221000 .297
Carlos Lee, 1B4122000 .234
    Jose Valdez, P0000000 .000
Jason Michaels, LF3110112 .133
Chris Johnson, 3B4121021 .208
Bill Hall, 2B3012011 .204
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
    Brett Wallace, 1B0000100 .260
    Michael Bourn, PR0000000 .268
Humberto Quintero, C4000030 .270
Brett Myers, P2000010 .333
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
    Matt Downs, 2B2000013 .368
2B - Hunter Pence (7, Richard), Carlos Lee (2, Richard), Chris Johnson (2, Richard)
RBI - Hunter Pence (12), Carlos Lee 2 (9), Chris Johnson (7), Bill Hall 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (3), Carlos Lee (4)
SB - Jason Bourgeois (5, 2nd base off Richard/Hundley)
CS - Chris Johnson (1, 2nd base by Frieri/Hundley)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Myers-Sanchez-Lee
E - Fernando Abad 2 (2, Throwing), Angel Sanchez (5, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
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Mark Melancon (BS,1; L,1-1) 0.2342100 2.08
Jeff Fulchino 0.2000200 2.08
Jose Valdez 1000120 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 106-66, Fernando Abad 13-8, Mark Melancon 24-13, Jeff Fulchino 17-9, Jose Valdez 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 6-6, Fernando Abad 1-1, Mark Melancon 2-1, Jeff Fulchino 2-0, Jose Valdez 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 27, Fernando Abad 3, Mark Melancon 7, Jeff Fulchino 4, Jose Valdez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22899
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook