Padres belt 11-run inning in victory over Astros
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The San Diego Padres scored a season-high 11 runs in the first inning and outlasted the Houston Astros 18-11 on Sunday.
"That was incredible," Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the team's highest run total in five seasons. "The momentum swung about eight times."
The Padres sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning with pitcher Tim Stauffer delivering a clutch hit in his first at-bat of the season.
With two out and the bases loaded, Stauffer singled to drive in two runs and give the Padres a 5-0 lead.
"I think that was a key at-bat," Black said. "(Astros starter Jason) Jennings hung a breaking ball, and Stauffer's a good athlete and got a base hit. At that point it was 3-0, and that carried us into the top of the order."
The Padres scored six more runs before the inning finally ended. Mike Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez both had two-run homers.
"It obviously was the worst inning of my baseball career," Jennings told reporters after giving up eight hits and 11 runs.
But Houston stayed competitive, scoring seven runs of its own in the fourth inning to pull within 12-8. Lance Berkman's two-run homer and a three-run shot by Chris Burke keyed the rally.
Both teams scored three runs in the fifth inning with the Padres closing out the scoring with three runs in the ninth.
Cameron, Milton Bradley and Josh Bard each had three hits for the Padres, who had a season-high 19 hits.
*San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds went 1-for-4 with a single as the Giants lost 8-5 to the Florida Marlins. Bonds, with 754 career home runs, is one shy of tying all-time leader Hank Aaron, He is scheduled to resume his quest for the record in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
*Carlos Zambrano became the Major Leagues's first 14-game winner, getting three hits in a 6-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds. Zambrano (14-7) allowed just two hits and struck out six in seven-plus innings. He went 3-for-4 at the plate.
*Chipper Jones drove in five runs as the Atlanta Braves ended the Arizona Diamondbacks's eight-game winning streak with a 14-0 road victory. Jones drove in three runs with a second-inning double and had two sacrifice flies. Tim Hudson (11-5) held the Diamondbacks to three hits over seven innings.
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