SAN DIEGO (Ticker) --
's long home run kept the
in a power position in the National League Central Division.
Bagwell smacked a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning to lift the Astros to a 5-4 triumph over the
San Diego Padres
With the win, the Astros remained one-half game ahead of the
atop the NL Central. The St. Louis Cardinals fell two games behind the Astros after losing to the
"You know what's going on. The biggest thing is to win our own games," said Astros center fielder
, who had a solo homer and scored twice. "If we don't win, we can't expect anybody else to lie down."
Houston trailed, 3-2, before Biggio singled against
(8-10) leading off the fifth inning. After
singled, Bagwell belted a three-run homer over the wall in left-center field to put the Astros ahead for good.
"That was not so much of a bad pitch - I went down and got it," Bagwell said of his 32nd homer of the season. "I felt he would throw some sort of breaking ball. Nowadays, I have about two good swings a game. That happened to be one of them."
"Bagwell was looking for an off-speed pitch and he hit it hard," Eaton said. "I wish I had one pitch back, that curveball."
(3-3) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings to beat the Padres for the second time in a week. He yielded one run and five hits in six frames in an 11-6 triumph at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
got the final four outs for his 38th save in 41 opportunities.
Houston got on the board in the second inning on a double by
that drove in
. Biggio staked Fernandez to a 2-0 lead with his 13th homer one inning later.
San Diego struck back in the bottom of the third.
drew a leadoff walk and
rapped a one-out single before
smacked a three-run homer to right-center on a 3-2 pitch from Fernandez. It was Nevin's eighth homer of the season.
"After the home run, I think I (bore) down a lot better," Fernandez said. "After that, I made some good pitches."
The Padres pulled within 5-4 on an RBI single by Burroughs with two outs in the seventh against
and Wagner blanked them thereafter.
"Our relievers came in and did a heck of a job," said Astros manager
, who used six pitchers. "When you get into a one-run game, people are going to be put in under a microscope... Fortunately, it worked out for us."
"I think we have the best bullpen in the league," Fernandez said. "We might as well use them. Now, we're a game closer to our goal."