Kaz Matsui's two-run single in the eighth inning lifted the Houston Astros to an 11-7 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Cy Young winner Jake Peavy allowed four earned runs, matching the total for his four previous starts combined. The Padres ace allowed seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings.
The Astros have won three straight for the first time this season. Their 11 runs was a season-high, besting the previous high this season of 10 runs set on Monday.
The game was tied at 7 before Matsui's grounder down the right field line scored J.R. Towles and Jose Cruz Jr. Towles singled with one out in the eighth before Cruz walked. Towles reached third on a wild pitch before the hit by Matsui.
Matsui stole second before scoring on a double by Darin Erstad. Miguel Tejada followed with a run-scoring double to push the lead to 11-7.
Heath Bell (0-2) gave up the four runs in the eighth for the loss.
Tejada was 4-for-5 for the second straight night. Before Monday, he hadn't had a four-hit game since Aug. 30, 2006.
The Padres scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning and tied the game when Adrian Gonzalez scored on a sacrifice by Khalil Greene with one out. Gonzalez tumbled into and over Astros catcher Towles, who held onto the ball, but Gonzalez tagged home plate and was called safe. The call sent Astros manager Cecil Cooper sprinting from the dugout to argue the call and brought several minutes of boos from the crowd.
Callix Crabbe opened the eighth inning with a single before scoring on a double by Brian Giles. Paul McAnulty followed with a two-run homer that cut Houston's lead to 7-6. Gonzalez tripled before Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded out and reliever Doug Brocail was replaced by closer Jose Valverde.
Valverde (3-1) struck out Josh Bard to end the inning after the score by Gonzalez. Valverde then pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Gonzalez also had a homer and a double to come a single shy of hitting for the cycle.
The Astros trailed 3-2 before a homer by Hunter Pence, which bounced off the arm of a fan in the first row of the left field Crawford Boxes, scored Geoff Blum in the sixth. It was the first homer of the year for Pence, who extended his hitting streak to five games.
The Astros added three runs in the seventh inning. Tejada had an RBI-single and Lance Berkman drove in a run on a sacrifice fly before Carlos Lee's double scored Tejada.
The Padres were scoreless until a three-run homer by Gonzalez pushed them ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning.
Brandon Backe rebounded from his last start, where he allowed 10 hits and six runs in three innings, by pitching seven solid innings. He allowed four hits and struck out four with the only runs coming on the homer by Gonzalez.
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