Padres Lose 10-4 to Houston

In a game where Gary Bennett blocked the plate flawlessly and the San Diego Padres threw out two runners at home, they came away with a 10-4 loss to Houston. When you throw out two runners at home, there must be way too many runners on base to begin with.

Craig Biggio opened the game with a home run of Kevin Jarvis and San Diego got the one run back and more in the bottom half of the inning. Phil Nevin hit a three run homer, his ninth of the season and second three run homer in two days, this time off Houston starter Ron Villone. Nevin added an RBI double with no outs in the third that chased Villone and the rout appeared to be on. Rick White came on in relief and retired the side without allowing Nevin to score.

Adam Everett singled in Richard Hidalgo in the fourth and a bases loaded single by Morgan Ensberg scored two, before Biggio was thrown out at home. Biggio actually beat the tag in but failed to get a foot down on the plate.

Jarvis lasted just 4-2/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out five and allowing two walks.

Ensberg tacked on two more with a double off Jay Witasick (3-4) in the eighth to put the Astros up 6-4. Ensberg was a perfect 4-4 with 4 RBI's on the day.

A wild pitch by Billy Wagner, replacing an injured Octavio Dotel who allowed two runners to reach base, put the tying run into scoring position with one away. Wagner walked the bases loaded and Khalil Greene, the prized farmhand of the Padres, came on to bat with a chance to tie the game, or put the Friars on top. Wagner got the better of the rookie, striking him out swinging with a pitch low and inside. Brian Buchanon had the next crack at Wagner and Buchanon popped out near the Padres bench to end the threat.

Luther Hackman hit Everett with the bases loaded to make the score 7-4. Hackman was relieved by Mike Bynum after the hit batsmen, the third HBP of the day. Kevin Jarvis was relieved earlier in the game when he hit consecutive batters.

Geoff Blum then took a 3-1 pitch from Bynum and smoked a three run double to blow the doors off the game, 10-4. Giles just missed the ball against the left field wall. Bynum then walked Biggio and Joe Roa came on to pitch to Wagner who was making a rare plate appearance. Roa finally got the Friars out of the inning by inducing Wagner into a force out and striking out Jeff Bagwell.

Wagner earned his 39th save of the season going 1-23 innings for his longest save of the year. Brad Lidge (5-3) earned the win in relief.


Khalil Greene got his first major league hit in the first, taking a 2-1 pitch and smacking a sharp single to center.

Both teams combined for 14 pitchers.

Burroughs had his career high 15-game hitting streak snapped when he went 0-for-4 with a walk.

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