SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado hit a pair of RBI singles and scored a run for the San Diego Padres, who beat Houston 4-3 Friday night to snap the Astros’ eight-game winning streak.
The Padres won their fifth straight but failed to add on to their MLB record of hitting a grand slam in four straight games, which they accomplished in sweeping the Texas Rangers in a four-game, home-and-home series. Eric Hosmer, who had the historic fourth slam on Thursday night, batted with the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth against the Astros and grounded out.
Machado had the third slam in the streak, a walkoff shot in the 10th inning for a 6-3 win Wednesday night.
Machado singled home Hosmer in the first and singled in Trent Grisham in the two-run fifth, both off Lance McCullers Jr. (2-2). Hosmer and Grisham were both aboard on doubles.
Machado scored from first on rookie Jake Cronenworth’s double in the fifth for a 4-1 lead. Cronenworth scored on Jurickson Profar’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The Astros closed the gap against San Diego’s bullpen. Taylor Jones and Myles Straw hit consecutive doubles off Craig Stammen in the sixth and Kyle Tucker hit an RBI single with two out sin the seventh off Cal Quantrill.
Javy Guerra (1-0) struck out three in 2 1/3 hitless innings for the win. Emilio Pagán pitched the ninth for his first save.
Padres starter Garrett Richards lasted just two innings after throwing 64 pitches but managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam in each inning relatively unscathed.
Richards allowed hits to the first three batters he faced, including an RBI single by Carlos Correa. He got two outs and then walked Kyle Tucker to load the bases before striking out Taylor Jones to end the first.
Richards loaded the bases in the second with a single and two walks with one out before striking out Correa and Josh Reddick.
McCullers gave up four runs and seven hits, struck out two and walked two.
Padres: Placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder, retroactive to Wednesday. To take his spot, RHP Luis Perdomo was recalled from the alternate training site. Pomeranz’s injury is the latest for a bullpen that had been projected as the team’s major strength. Among the several injured relievers are closer Kirby Yates, out with an inflamed right elbow. Yates had an MLB-high 41 saves last year.
Astros: RHP Brandon Bielak (3-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday night.
Padres: RHP Zach Davies (3-2, 3.25) is set to go for the Padres.
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