SAN DIEGO (Ticker) --
has hounded the
all over the country. On Sunday, he knocked them out of first place.
Giles homered and drove in three runs to lead the
San Diego Padres
to a 7-1 romp over the Astros, who fell into second place in the National League Central Division.
The home run was Giles' first in nine games since the Padres acquired him from Pittsburgh on August 26. He has 17 this season.
"Hitting that first home run in a Padre uniform was very special," said Giles, who grew up in nearby El Cajon, California. "I felt like a kid running around the bases."
In 20 games against Houston with the Padres and Pittsburgh this season, Giles has driven in 12 runs, his highest total against any team. His two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning was all the offense San Diego needed, but he also drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to make it 3-1.
"We may be out of it, but we are playing games that mean something," Giles said. "We feed off that."
The Padres broke things open in the sixth on a three-run double by
and an RBI single by
(11-10) allowed one run and two hits in six innings with six strikeouts. He walked five, threw 109 pitches and has won consecutive starts for the first time since a four-game streak in June.
"He gave us six solid innings," Padres manager
said. "He didn't have great command, but he did a good job getting out of trouble."
Peavy is 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA in four career starts against the Astros.
"Spoilers are what we are," Peavy said. "We're not out to beat any one team, just the team we're playing on a given day. We want to finish as strong as possible leading into the offseason."
The Astros hope to lead into the postseason rather than the offseason.
"We took four out of six on this West Coast trip," center fielder
said. "We'll take that, especially when you consider our struggles historically with this part of our schedule. We have three weeks left and we're going to do everything we can to win the division and get into the playoffs."
Houston has 20 games left, including 14 against Central Division foes.
and former Astro
combined to close out the game, allowing three hits in the final three innings.
(12-12) lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and four hits. The righthander lost for just the second time in his last seven starts.