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.
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.
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