SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Houston Astros had a runner reach third base in each of the first four innings against San Diego on Friday night.
The Astros were able to get only one of them home, losing 3-1 to see their season-high, four-game winning streak end.
``We had some runs in scoring position early in the game and we weren't able to get those hits to drive 'em in,' manager Brad Mills said. ``We had some opportunities. It was uncharacteristic. It was kind of a surprise. You're used to guys getting hits and it just didn't happen.'
Chris Denorfia homered and the Padres had just their 10th win in 31 home games.
It was a matchup of the two worst teams in the NL.
Dustin Moseley (2-6) earned his first win at Petco Park by holding Houston to one run and six hits in seven innings, with five strikeouts and one walk. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Denorfia hit a 2-1 pitch from J.A. Happ to center field with two outs in the fifth, his fourth homer, to give the Padres a 3-1 lead.
The Padres had gone up 2-1 in the fourth on four hits, which for them is sometimes a game's worth at Petco Park. Jason Bartlett had a leadoff infield single, and Chase Headley singled up the middle to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Ryan Ludwick singled up the middle to bring in Bartlett while Headley was thrown out trying to take third. With one out, Aaron Cunningham doubled into the left-field corner to bring in Ludwick, who has 26 RBIs in his last 31 games.
Houston got its run in the fourth when Chris Johnson hit his second straight triple and scored on J.R. Towles' suicide squeeze.
Happ (3-7) tied Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm for the most losses in the NL. He went six innings, allowing three runs and six hits, with two strikeouts and two walks.
NOTES: After the game, the Astros said they will place INF Bill Hall on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. The Astros also activated INF Jason Bourgeois from the 15-day DL. Bourgeois has been out since May 8 (oblique strain). ... Padres C Nick Hundley, on the disabled list since May 5 with a strained muscle in his right side, will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. ... Padres manager Bud Black was ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson in the top of the fourth.
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