Houston is now 15-13
Padres complete sweep of Astros with comeback win
With San Diego taking the first two games, the Astros took the field at Petco Park for the finale of this three-game series to try and avoid the sweep and head back home with a win. Here are the highlights of Sunday afternoon's matchup:
Final Score: Padres 5, Astros 3.
Record: 15-13, second in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Craig Stammen (3-1, 5.27 ERA).
Losing pitcher: Enoli Paredes (1-1, 3.55 ERA).
Astros score three in the first, Padres match with three in the fourth
The Astros were once again able to be the first on the board on Sunday, getting a leadoff walk by George Springer, who would score on an RBI-single by Carlos Correa to go in front 1-0. With Correa still on base, Kyle Tucker capitalized with a two-run home run to extend the lead to 3-0.
Those three runs looked plenty for Zack Greinke for the first three innings, who held the Padres at bay, allowing just one walk and no hits over that span. That changed in the bottom of the fourth, where San Diego would finally stack several hits together, tying the game on two singles and a double, making it a 3-3 game going to the fifth.
San Diego completes the sweep
The three-run fourth was Greinke's only bad spot on the day. He would go on to finish six innings, allowing just one more hit along the way. His final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4K, 0 HR. The game remained knotted up 3-3 until the bottom of the eighth when Enoli Paredes would come in to face the heart of San Diego's lineup.
After a leadoff single by Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado gave the Padres their first lead of the day with a two-run go-ahead home run, the first allowed by Paredes this season. The 5-3 score would go final as Houston would leave all of their runs back in the three-run first inning, with San Diego scoring five unanswered to complete the sweep. The loss moves Houston to 15-13 on the season.
Up Next: With the short five-game road trip completed, the Astros will return to Houston for a ten-game homestand over eleven days. First up is a four-game set with the Angels, with the opener Monday at 8:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Framber Valdez (2-2, 1.72 ERA) for Houston going opposite Patrick Sandoval (0-3, 5.40 ERA) for Los Angeles.