Astros Vs. Padres: Lucas Harrell Faces San Diego In Final Game Of Series

The Houston Astros take on the San Diego Padres, still searching for that elusive 10th road win.

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Astros Vs. Padres Series Review: At Least Houston Took One Game, Right?

Normally, when your team loses or goes through a rough stretch, optimism (and the obvious) says you can't win them all. But with the Astros this season, the theory is in reverse. Can they "win them all?" Certainly not. More importantly here, though: they can't lose them all either.

That's what we come away with after the Stros dropped three out of four games at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres. Houston took the first game of the series on Monday, grabbing its 10th road victory of the season behind the pitching of J.A. Happ and Brett Myers.

After that, the Stros were outscored 18-6 in the following three games, leaving that series opening victory back in the distant memory. It's back to business as usual for Houston, lacking enough talent in the batting lineup to be competitive night in and night out, while also not having the veteran leadership to help withstand the struggles that come with being a bad team.

This was a series in which Wandy Rodriguez continued his decline that can be traced all the way back to May. Lucas Harrell showed that he's the most consistent Houston pitcher at the moment, and even his better than decent performance on Thursday night wasn't enough to get the Astros over the hump. Harrell gave up just one run on four hits and struck out six in his seven innings of work. But his teammates couldn't come up with a single run.

There were brief moments of brilliance from Matt Downs in Wednesday's defeat, in which the first baseman hit a pair of home runs.

Outside of Downs' home runs and that series opening victory, there wasn't much to brag about for the Stros - story of the season. But at least they got that road win, right?

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Astros Vs. Padres: Thursday's Lineups Announced

The Astros will be looking for a split in a four-game series against the Padres with Thursday night's finale. After breaking a long road losing streak in the first game of the series, Astros pitching has allowed 16 runs over the last two games. Thursday's lineups have been announced.

Here is the Astros lineup:

1. Jose Altuve 2B

2. Marwin Gonzalez SS

3. Scott Moore 3B

4. J.D. Martinez LF

5. Matt Downs 1B

6. Justin Maxwell RF

7. Jordan Schafer CF

8. Chris Snyder C

9. Lucas Harrell P

Here is the Padres lineup:

1. Alexi Amarista CF

2. Logan Forsythe 2B

3. Chase Headley 3B

4. Carlos Quentin LF

5. Yasmani Grandal C

6. Yonder Alonso 1B

7. Will Venable RF

8. Everth Cabrera SS

9. Edinson Volquez P

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Astros Vs. Padres Preview: TV Schedule, Game Time, Live Stream

In what was supposed to be a battle between two basement-dwelling teams vying for position for the No. 1 MLB Draft pick next June, the San Diego Padres certainly haven't gotten the memo. Instead, the Padres whose hitting prowess is typically non-existent to slight on the scale has come alive and the team has reasons to hope as they're getting solid results out of several young players. As for the Astros, they're hoping Lucas Harrell can help them stop the bleeding today.

The Padres have piled up 16 runs in the last two games after getting shutout in the first of four games at Petco. Edinson Volquez takes the mound for San Diego at home and he's 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA on the season. As for Harrell, he's 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA but he had a nice first start after the All-Star Break allowing only one earned run in five innings against the Giants last weekend.

Here's what you need to know to catch tonight's game.

HOUSTON ASTROS @ SAN DIEGO PADRES

Where: Petco Park, San Diego

Time: 9:00pm

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Padres Vs. Astros Final Score: San Diego Tops Houston 8-4

The Houston Astros will have to wait another day to pick up their 11th road win of the season. The Astros fell to the Padres 8-4 at PETCO Park, despite the efforts of Matt Downs.

Houston had no answer for Clayton Richard, who pitched 8 and 1/3 innings in the win. Richard allowed nine hits and did not issue a walk, while striking out two Astros. Richard was removed in the ninth inning after allowing a home run to Matt Downs, which cut San Diego's lead down to 8-4.

Nick Vincent pitched a third of an inning while issuing a walk, before Huston Street recorded the save, needing just five pitches to record one out -- a strike out -- and earning the save in the process.

Wandy Rodriguez did Houston's front office no favors, as he pitched just four innings, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Rodriguez' contract makes it somewhat difficult to move him to a contender, and his poor performance may sour some clubs -- if they had scouts in attendance.

San Diego got on the board in the fourth inning thanks to a wild pitch by Rodriguez.

The Padres jumped out to a 6-0 lead over Houston after the fifth inning, but Matt Downs did everything he could to lead the Astros to victory. In the top of the sixth, Downs launched a three-run home run to cut the score to 6-3. San Diego, though, would tack on two more runs before Downs hit his second homer of the game in the ninth.

Houston will get another crack at taking down San Diego on Thursday night, as the four-game series comes to an end.

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Astros Vs. Padres: Wednesday Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Houston Astros look to build off of their 8-2 road win yesterday as they take on the San Diego Padres this afternoon at Petco Field. Today's game is the third game of their four game series which ends of Thursday.

Wandy Rodriguez (7-7, 3.41 ERA0 will take the mound for the Astros, looking to rebound after losing his last start against the San Francisco Giants. Rodriguez has a quality outing, giving up seven hits and four earned runs in six innings, but didn't have any run support in the Astros' 5-1 loss.

San Diego will sent out Clayton Richard (6-10, 3.83 ERA), coming off a tough luck loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last start. Richard gave up five hits and two earned runs in 7-1/3 innings of work, but the Padres' bats went cold in their 2-1 loss on July 13.

Take a look here at the schedule and broadcast information for the series opener:

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 18, 3:35 ET

TV: Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports San Diego

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Padres Final Score: San Diego Piles Up Runs Against Houston, 8-2

So much for that road winning streak the Astros were on the verge of with their 10th away victory of the season on Monday. The Astros went back to business as usual with an 8-2 loss against the Padres on Tuesday night, as Houston failed to produce much offense or solid pitching and made the home San Diego team look like it was actually pretty good.

The Stros didn't do too much of anything well on Tuesday, outside of putting runs together in the second and third innings with aggressive base running.. They let Ross Ohlendorf, who had a terrible record against Houston before Tuesday, go six innings while giving up only six hits with... you guessed it, six strikeouts.

Seven guys totaled 13 hits for the Padres, while Matt Gonzalez, J.D. Martinez and Jordan Schafer accounted for the Astros' six hits - three of those coming from Gonzalez.

Jordan Lyles is still winless on the road this season. He gave up 11 hits and five earned runs in his six innings of work.

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Astros Vs. Padres: Jordan Lyles Goes For Third Win Against San Diego

The Houston Astros have won a mere 10 games this season on the road. In addition to that, they have not won consecutive road games since April. They have an opportunity to reverse that trend Tuesday night as they play the San Diego Padres. Pitcher Jordan Lyles takes the hill looking for his third win of the season. Lyles had a decent start his last time out, pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 8.

The Astros lineup will have Carlos Corporan catching for Lyles in place of Chris Snyder and J.D. Martinez will be playing in left field in place of Justin Maxwell. The rest of the Astros' lineup is as follows.

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS
3. Scott Moore (L) 1B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
5. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
7. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
8. Carlos Corporan (S) C
9. Jordan Lyles (R) P

The game is set for a 10:05 p.m. ET start from Petco Park. The game will broadcast on Fox Sports Houston while the radio broadcast will be provided by KTRH 740 AM and KLAT 1010 AM.

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Astros Vs. Padres: Tuesday Game Preview, TV Info And More

After finally getting their 10th road win of the season with a victory against the San Diego Padres on Monday night, the Astros resume the series on Tuesday night looking for their first consecutive victories in the month of July.

Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.08 ERA) takes the mound for the Astros, facing Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 7.41 ERA) in the pitchers' duel. This series against the Padres is a really good chance for the Stros to pick up a few wins and get a little confidence going after a rough couple of months.

Take a look here at the game schedule and broadcast information for Tuesday:

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 17, 10:15 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Padres Score Update: Houston Leads 2-0 After 3 Innings

Looking to break a 13-game road losing streak, the Astros have gotten off to a good start in Seattle, leading the Mariners 2-0 through three innings.

Jose Altuve led off the game with a double. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sac fly from Scott Moore to open up the scoring. In the third inning, Altuve earned a one-out walk, stole second, advanced to third on a single and was again scored on a sac fly from Moore.

J.A. Happ has allowed one hit over three scoreless innings so far, striking out two. He has thrown 36 pitches, 24 for strikes.

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Astros Vs. Padres Series Preview: Houston Still Searching For Elusive 10th Road Win

The Houston Astros take on the San Diego Padres, still searching for that elusive 10th road win.

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Astros Vs. Padres: Houston Has Lost 13 Straight Road Games

The Houston Astros are just 9-35 on the road this season and will need to win on Monday to avoid the worst road losing streak in franchise history.

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