Astros 4, Padres 2: Houston holds on in wild finish, defeats San Diego 4-2 with pitcher perfect Pettitte leading the way

by dentonramsey

 

Astros 4, Padres 2: Houston holds on in wild finish, defeats San Diego 4-2 with pitcher perfect Pettitte leading the way

By Denton Ramsey / Astros Blogger

 

The Houston Astros knocked off the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park, taking game one in the three-game series behind solid pitching by starter Andy Pettitte.

Pettitte fanned 10 San Diego batters on the night, allowing just two runs over seven innings of work.

In addition, Pettitte followed in the footsteps of teammate Roy Oswalt by smoking his first career homerun to help propel the Astros to victory.

Brad Lidge picked up his 26th save of the season on Friday night, but he has a determined defensive effort to thank for coming to his aid in the ninth.

With runners on first and second base with just one away, Lidge forced the Padres to hit into a game-ending double play thanks to the heroic efforts of Houston first baseman Lance Berkman.

Berkman’s spectacular defense sealed the deal as his toss to second base and relay throw back to him concluded Friday’s 4-2 victory.

Berkman’s Crawford shot in the seventh inning also gave Houston a much-needed insurance run as the Astros and company have now won four straight games dating back to their recent sweep over the Pirates.

The Astros race for the National League Central and NL Wild Card continues tomorrow evening at 6:05 p.m. as Houston battles San Diego in game two at Minute Maid Park.

 

Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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