Nevin Shot Wasted in 5-4 Loss

Khalil Greene got hit first major league start facing knuckleballer Jared Fernandez (3-3) and went 0-4 on the day. Fernandez went five innings allowing five hits while walking three to earn the win.

Khalil Greene bounced into a double play in his first at bat, grounded out to short in his second try, struck out to open the seventh, and popped the ball out to shallow left in his final at bat.

Craig Biggio took a 3-2 fastball from Eaton and hit a moon shot for his 13th homer of the season to put the Astros up 2-0.

Phil Nevin finally solved the knuckler and hit his eighth homer of the season, a three run shot. Nevin had flailed wildly during his first at bat, but this3-2 pitch he took an easier swing on to knock it out.

Jeff Bagwell hit a three run jack, his 32nd of the year in the fifth off Eaton to give the Astros a 5-3 lead. On the homer he looked breaking ball all the way and got exactly the pitch he craved pulling it to right and leaving no doubt about it. Bagwell also hit a homer off Eaton just five days ago in Houston. Bagwell is 5-13 with three homers lifetime against Eaton.

Eaton last allowed two homers in a game on July 31st: he gave up three that day to Pittsburgh. Eaton (8-10) allowed five runs in six innings of work, allowing seven hits and walking two.

Gary Bennett scored from second on a Sean Burroughs single to right. Testing the arm of Hidalgo, who has 21 outfield assists this season, he raced by Brad Ausmus as he caught it up the third base line and tried to make the tag as Bennett swept past.

It was as close as the Padres would come as Octavio Dotel closed out the inning and Billy Wagner eventually came on to close the game out, recording his 38th save.


Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Ryan Klesko had successful arthroscopic surgery, known as the Mumford procedure, on his arthritic right shoulder on Thursday and all indications are positive. Klesko will have his arm immobilized in a sling for the next 3-4 days and should have full range of motion in 2-3 weeks.

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