Final Score: Houston 5, San Diego 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jordan Lyles spun 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball
on Tuesday as the Houston Astros downed the San Diego Padres, 5-3, in the
second installment of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Lyles (2-4) scattered six hits and walked four while striking out four to snap
a personal three-game slide. Brett Myers recorded his 17th save despite giving
up a pair of hits in the ninth.
J.D. Martinez crushed a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie added a solo blast and
scored twice as the Astros earned their third win in their last four games.
Kip Wells (0-1), who last appeared in the majors on October 1, 2009 with the
Cincinnati Reds, took the loss for San Diego after giving up five runs -- two
earned -- on seven hits and three walks over five full frames.
Will Venable clubbed a solo home run and Chase Headley added a two-run single
for the Padres, who had won their last four meetings with the Astros.
Venable led off the third inning with a solo shot to right that umpires
originally ruled a triple as it bounced back into play. The crew of umpires
elected to review the play and decided it cleared the wall in right, awarding
Venable with his sixth home run of the year to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Lowrie responded in the bottom half with a leadoff blast of his own as he
launched a fastball into the Astros bullpen in right-center field to knot the
game at 1-1.
Houston broke the game open with a four-run fifth to jump in front for good.
Lowrie singled to start the frame before Brian Bogusevic reached first on
Wells' throwing error two batters later to put runners on the corners.
"Obviously from an individual standpoint, you realize that you kind of shot
yourself in the foot a little bit," Wells admitted.
Wells then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Lowrie to scamper home before Chris
Johnson ripped a single through the left side to plate Bogusevic from second
and give the Astros a 3-1 lead.
After Jason Castro flied out, Martinez belted a two-run shot into left-center
field to cap the four-run frame and give the home team a 5-1 lead.
"He's getting back into that hitter that we all saw last year," said Houston
manager Brad Mills about Martinez. "He's on a little roll here and we surely
hope that that can continue."
Lyles pitched into the seventh inning before Fernando Abad held the Padres
hitless over his 1 2/3 innings of work. David Carpenter started the ninth, but
issued a one-out single and a subsequent walk to mark the end of his night.
Myers entered for Carpenter and got Carlos Quentin to fly out deep to center
field before Headley stroked a base hit through the right side to plate a pair
and trim the deficit to 5-3.
John Baker singled to put the tying run on first and Everth Cabrera was then
hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Myers got Alexi Amarista to ground out
weakly to shortstop as the Astros escaped with victory.
Wells signed a minor league contract with San Diego on May 8 and went 1-4 with
a 4.97 earned run average in seven starts for Triple-A Tucson...San Diego also
recalled pitcher Nick Vincent from Double-A San Antonio while optioning
infielder Andy Parrino and pitcher Brad Boxberger to Tucson. Pitcher Joe
Wieland was transferred to the 60-day disabled list...Vincent made his Major
League debut in the sixth and allowed just one walk while striking out two in
two scoreless innings of work...The Padres wore patches with the number 48 in
remembrance of bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds who passed away Sunday after
battling pancreatic cancer...Lowrie now has 14 home runs on the season which
ties him for second in franchise history for home runs in a season by a
Houston shortstop with Miguel Tejada who hit 14 in 2009...Dickie Thon hit 20
in 1983 for the franchise record.
06/27 02:11:11 ET
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