tried to remember the last time he was at the plate and three runs scored.
''Not very often, I guess,'' the
Moehler pitched six strong innings and hit a grounder that led to the Astros completing a six-run inning in a 7-1 win over
San Diego Padres
on Wednesday night.
Moehler and two relievers held San Diego to five hits. San Diego has lost 11 of its last 16 home games, and seven of eight
against the Astros dating to last season.
Moehler (5-4) struck out eight and held San Diego to four hits in winning his third straight decision. His only mistake was
's homer with two outs in the second.
retired the first 10 Astros batters before the game got out of hand in the fourth. Houston scored three runs on five singles
and a walk before three more scored on third baseman
's two-base throwing error on Moehler's grounder with two outs.
on a soft liner to first to open the fourth, then allowed singles to
that gave the Astros a 2-1 lead.
walked to load the bases and Kaz Matsui singled in a run. Moehler hit a grounder to Headley, who hesitated and stutter-stepped.
His throw to first skipped past
, clearing the bases and allowing Moehler to take second.
''When I first fielded the ball, my first instinct was stop and go to the bag,'' Headley said. ''I turned around and looked
and I didn't think I had enough time. I rushed the throw over there trying to finish the play and made a bad throw.
''The right play would have been to just keep coming through and make the throw to first.''
It was Headley's third start at third this year. He's made 58 in left field.
''I saw him field the ball, it was in between hops, and I saw him like take a step to third, and at that point I kind of took
off running,'' Moehler said. ''I didn't know what was going to happen. I saw the throw coming into first, and it was going
to be kind of bang-bang there.''
San Diego was two-hit by
on Monday night in a 3-1 Astros win.
Moehler walked four. After Alfonzo's first homer of the season, only four Padres got as far as second base.
''I'm more upset with the walks than anything else,'' Moehler said. ''I don't like throwing a lot of pitches out. Too many
walks, and strikeouts just come with the territory. To me, a couple of strikeouts and maybe no walks would have been better.''
Moehler ''wasn't real sharp but he managed to hold on,'' manager
said. ''Keep your team in the game and give yourself a chance. He did that again tonight. The starters continue to do that.
If we can put some runs up, we've had a chance to win. Brian did a good job of kind of keeping them at bay.''
Silva (0-2) had his second straight short outing. He lasted only four innings, allowing five hits and six runs, three earned.
On Friday, he went only 2 1-3 innings in a 12-2 loss at Texas, allowing seven hits and nine runs, eight earned.
NOTES: Tony Gwynn Jr. had two hits for San Diego. ... The Padres say Friday night's game against
Los Angeles Dodgers
is a sellout. That's the night Ramirez will return from his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. ... Gonzalez
was back in the starting lineup after straining his right knee while sliding into third base in the fourth inning on Tuesday
night and coming out as a precaution. He said he convinced manager
that he was OK. ... Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Thursday afternoon's
game. The former Dallas Cowboys star is among the partnership led by Jeff Moorad that purchased about 35 percent of the Padres
from John Moores earlier this year and has up to five years to buy the rest.