SAN DIEGO (Ticker) --
continued his season-long torment of the
San Diego Padres
and helped the
stay on top in the National League Central Division.
Ensberg went 4-for-4 with four RBI and six relievers combined on six scoreless innings as the Astros rallied for their third straight win, 10-4 over the Padres.
drove in two runs and
capped the comeback with a three-run double in the top of the ninth inning as Houston remained one-half game in front of the second-place
Ensberg doubled in the first inning, reached on an infield hit in the third, delivered a two-run single in a three-run fourth and added the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth.
"The big thing about the hits for me that gave me so much confidence was that they came with two outs," Ensberg said. "That's where I've been struggling a lot this year."
Lifted as part of a double switch in the bottom of the eighth, Ensberg is 8-for-14 with two homers and six RBI against San Diego this year.
lasted just two-plus innings and surrendered four runs, four hits and three walks. But
yielded just one hit thereafter.
"It's been the story of our season. They've been our saving grace all season long," Astros center fielder
said of the bullpen. "It's a credit to those guys out there because it seems like no matter what situation we put them in, they come through."
Lidge worked a scoreless seventh for the win and Wagner got the last five outs for his 39th save in 42 chances.
"The relievers came in and did a great job, especially Wagner," Astros manager
said. "He came in in a tough situation and came through for us. ... We didn't want to use so many pitchers, but those guys came in and did the job. They had to pitch like that for us to stay in the game."
(3-4), the fourth of seven Padres' pitchers, gave up two runs in the eighth and took the loss.
"We got sloppy there at the end. We did a lot of good things early, then just let it get out of hand," San Diego manager
Witasick replaced former Astro
to start the eighth with the score tied, 4-4. But
led off with a single. After
bunted into a forceout, pinch hitter
singled. With two out, Ensberg came through with a double to put Houston in front for good.
"I personally don't feel the tension, but I realize these are all big games down the stretch and everything we do out there is magnified," Ensberg said. "I just want to try and do my part."
had three hits, including his ninth homer, and drove in four runs for the Padres. But San Diego starter
coughed up a 4-1 lead by allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"He was up with some of pitches and it seemed like he just hit a wall," Bochy said.