National League Game Summary - Houston at San Diego|
(Wednesday, July 18th)
Final Score: San Diego 8, Houston 4
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Richard pitched into the ninth
inning, Yonder Alonso had three RBI, and the Padres defeated the Astros, 8-4,
Richard (7-10) lasted 8 1/3 frames, allowing four runs on nine hits, including
two homers by Matt Downs. He struck out two, did not issue a walk, and snapped
a personal two-game losing streak.
"Clayton had a great day," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He set the tone."
Chris Denorfia drove in a pair during a five-run fourth inning for the Padres,
who have won four of five overall, including two of three in this four-game
Wandy Rodriguez (7-8) took a perfect game into the fourth, where he was
charged with five runs on four hits. The lefty was relieved at the start of
the fifth, ending his National League-leading streak of 48 consecutive starts
of at least five innings.
Downs hit a three-run homer in the sixth and a solo blast in the ninth for the
Astros, who have lost 15 of their last 17 games.
"I don't know if I've done that since little league. I've never hit a multi-
homer game. It is a great accomplishment, I guess, for me, but still we lost,"
In addition to his effort on the mound, Richard scored Everth Cabrera with a
sixth-inning double off the base of the wall in right-center field.
Alonso had a pair doubles, capping the fourth-inning barrage with a two-run
gapper, then scoring Denorfia in the seventh with a line drive into the right
The Padres loaded the bases to begin the fourth, getting a single from Alexi
Ramirez, a walk to Logan Forsythe and an infield hit by Chase Headley, before
Rodriguez's wild pitch allowed the runners to advance.
Carlos Quentin then walked, loading the bases again, in front of Denorfia's
two-run base hit through the left side of the infield.
An inning later, Headley reached with a two-out single, advanced to third on
Enerio Del Rosario's botched pickoff attempt, then scored when Downs' throw
across the diamond escaped into left field.
Huston Street recorded the final out of the ninth, stranding a pair, to pick
up his 15th save of the season.
Street has made 12 consecutive scoreless appearances and hasn't allowed a run
since June 17...Downs hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the
season...Rodriguez's five-inning streak was the third-longest active run in
the major leagues behind the Yankees' CC Sabathia (76 games) and the Tigers'
Justin Verlander (71 games).
07/18 20:16:12 ET