"I think it's one of the most pivotal innings in baseball… especially when you have the lead," Balsley said.
Maurer has only surrendered four hits over his last 11 games and he has a 2.14 ERA on the season.
"He's doing a really good job," Padres manager Bud Black said. "With each successful outing he gains that confidence. This guy has good stuff; fastball, slider, changeup. I think he found early Major League niche in the bullpen with the Mariners. We've continued that role here. This guy has a good arm and pitches."
On a fast break, Curry trailed down the court and jumped in the air to contest a shot from Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who was pump-faking under the basket. Curry connected with Ariza's back and rolled over him, hitting his head on the court.
Team trainers came on to the court to evaluate him. He was able to walk off of the court with some assistance.
When he was injured at the 5:52 mark of the second quarter, Curry had scored 11 points.
Donaldson went 2 for 3 and scored three times. He walked once and hit his tenth home run of the season. He drove in his 29th run.
Then in the third, Stanton blasted a solo home run to right field off of Morton, his 13th of the season. Stanton is now hitting .234 with 42 RBI in 171 at-bats this season.
Colabello went 1 for 4 and scored once, driving in his twelfth run of the year. Colabello has driven in runs in three of his last four games and has two RBI in two of the last four.
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