(Sports Network) - Brett Myers tries to bounce back from an awful outing his last time out when the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres put the finishing touches on their four-game set from Petco Park.
Myers fell for the third time in four starts on Tuesday in Milwaukee, as he surrendered seven runs and nine hits, including a career-high four home runs, in six innings, as he dropped to 5-6 on the year, while raising his earned run average to 3.61.
"It was different, wasn't it?" Houston manager Brad Mills said of Myers' poor outing. "That was surprising the way he has pitched all year."
Despite the poor outing Myers managed to pitch at least six innings for the 16th consecutive start.
In five games (four starts) against the Padres, Myers is 2-1 with a 2.81.
San Diego will counter with righty Wade LeBlanc, who is 4-6 with a 3.25. LeBlanc dropped his second straight start on Tuesday against Colorado, but pitched well enough to win, as he allowed three runs and two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He also matched a career-high by striking out eight batters in the loss.
"He pitched great, really did," Padres manager Bud Black said of LeBlanc. "Made some adjustments from his last start in Tampa, carried those over tonight. Pitched into the seventh inning, which is what we need as we move forward."
This will be his first-ever appearance against the Astros.
LeBlanc will have his work cut out for him, as San Diego pitchers haven't allowed a run in either of the last two games. After Mat Latos and Heath Bell combined to shut the Astros out on Friday, it was Kevin Correia's turn on Saturday, as he threw seven scoreless innings and the Padres scored an unearned run in the eighth inning for a 1-0 win.
Mike Adams (2-1) retired the side in order in the eighth to get the win and Bell notched his 23rd save to seal the victory.
San Diego crossed the plate when Aaron Cunningham scored on Gustavo Chacin's throwing error, spoiling a terrific outing from Bud Norris, who scattered three hits in seven scoreless innings.
"I thought I was pretty good," Norris said. "I located the ball down and climbed when I needed to. It was a tough one to swallow."
San Diego leads the majors with 12 shutouts this season.
"It seems like somebody on our club gets a hit, we get a bunt down, get a base hit here or there ... fundamentally sound," Black said. "We're playing good baseball. We're not beating ourselves."
The Padres took two of three from the Astros earlier in the year, but Houston has won 10 of the last 15 in the matchup, including four of the last seven in San Diego.