Final Score: San Diego 6, Houston 3
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Rob Johnson and Brad Hawpe knocked in two runs apiece as San Diego held on to defeat Houston, 6-3, in the third of a four-game set.
Aaron Harang (6-2) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks as the Padres won consecutive games at home for the first time since September 24-25 of last season.
Aneury Rodriguez (0-3) was denied his first major league win again, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks through six innings for the Astros, who dropped their second game in a row after a four-game win streak.
Chase Headley singled with two outs in the first and was followed by a Ryan Ludwick double before both were brought home by a double from Hawpe to give the Padres a 2-0 advantage.
Houston got a run back in the second when Chris Johnson scored on a Logan Forsythe fielding error. Chris Johnson was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to third on a single by Brett Wallace before scoring on the error.
The Astros then tied the game in the third when Clint Barmes led off the inning with a home run over the left-field wall.
San Diego took the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning after Ludwick worked a two-out walk and Hawpe earned a free pass himself before Forsythe doubled to left to plate Ludwick. Alberto Gonzalez was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Rob Johnson lined out to left to end the inning and keep the score 3-2.
The Padres extended their lead in the eighth after Ludwick was awarded first on catcher's interference and was followed by a Hawpe walk. After Forsythe struck out, Gonzalez hit a sharp grounder through the middle of the infield that scored Ludwick and allowed Gonzalez to take second on the throw home. Rob Johnson then knocked in two more with a single of his own to give the Padres a 6-2 lead.
Ernesto Frieri allowed the first two batters in the ninth to reach base when he walked Angel Sanchez and gave up a single to pinch-hitter Matt Downs. Frieri was then replaced by Heath Bell on the mound.
Bell got Jason Michaels to pop out to third before Michael Bourn hit a line- drive double to left that dropped right in front of a diving Chris Denorfia. Sanchez scored on the hit, which put the tying run on second. But Barmes struck out swinging and Hunter Pence flew out to right to end the game and Bell earned his 16th save of the year.
Headley extended his career-high hit streak to 14 games...Pence extended his hit streak to 16 games...San Diego is just 11-21 at home this season...Bourn is four stolen bases shy of 200 for his career.