HOUSTON (Ticker) --
homered against their former team in the first inning and the
never recovered as the
San Diego Padres
rolled to their third straight win, 7-1.
Loretta and Nevin hit solo shots off rookie starter
(12-7), helping the Padres to their longest winning streak since a four-game run from July 19-22.
"Loretta's had a tremendous year for us," Padres manager
said. "He's been so consistent."
The homer was Loretta's career-high ninth of the season and one of three hits in the game.
"It's a good hitter's park," said Loretta, who played 21 games last season for Houston. "I certainly don't have any animosity (toward the Astros). If anything, I'm rooting for them. I like the guys. It was only a month, but I'll remember my time fondly in Houston."
The Astros missed a chance to take sole possession of first place in the National League Central Division. St. Louis also lost as the
climbed within one-half game of the top spot.
Houston got within 2-1 in the bottom of the first on
's 31st homer. But that was all the Astros could muster against
"I didn't want to give up any more home runs," Eaton said. "I didn't throw a whole lot of pitches. I was getting the first guy out, and that set me up."
In tying a career high with his eighth win, Eaton threw 60 of 97 pitches for strikes.
"He has great stuff," Bagwell said. "He kept us off-balance."
Eaton allowed six hits in seven innings to win for the first time since August 12. The righthander struck out four and walked two.
The Padres tacked on four runs in the fifth inning as
delivered an RBI single,
had a run-scoring double and
plated two with an odd infield hit.
With the bases loaded, Vazquez lined a ball off the foot of reliever
. The ball bounced high in the air toward third base and
lost it in the lights. As it rolled onto the outfield grass, Klesko and Kotsay raced home.
pitched a perfect eighth inning for San Diego and former Astro
a 1-2-3 ninth.
"It meant a lot, especially going against your former team," Linebrink said. "That was fun. It was hard to keep my adrenaline in check. Your'e also rooting for those guys, so there's some mixed emotions."
Robertson surrendered six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, losing for the fourth time in six decisions.
"He needed to be more aggressive in the strike zone," Astros manager
said. "He couldn't seem to get his breaking ball over the plate."
San Diego third baseman
extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the second inning.