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Astros squeeze by punchless Padres

Apr 15, 2011 - 7:47 AM Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Bourn knocked in the lone run of the game and Bud Norris tossed six scoreless innings, as the Houston Astros snuck past the San Diego Padres, 1-0, in the opener of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Norris (1-1) gave up just two hits to go with seven strikeouts and three walks for the Astros, who are off to a 4-9 start.

"It was nice to see Bud battle through and get a win there," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "There was a lot of good things that happened in this ballgame."

Dustin Moseley (0-3) went 6 2/3 innings in the start for San Diego, allowing one run on seven hits. The 29-year-old right-hander has lost his first three starts despite allowing just four earned runs over 19 2/3 innings (1.83 earned run average). The Padres have not scored in any of his outings.

The Padres had their chances to score in the early going. Chase Headley and Orlando Hudson hit consecutive one-out singles in the first inning to put runners on the corners. But Norris fanned Ryan Ludwick and Nick Hundley to keep San Diego off the board.

Norris worked out of trouble again in the third. Headley and Hudson worked two-out walks, but Ludwick popped out to end the inning.

San Diego's next chance to score came in the sixth -- with one out, Hudson walked and stole second. However, Norris retired the next two batters to keep it a 0-0 game.

"It's frustrating, but you go out there and do your job and leave it up to the hitters," Moseley said.

Houston finally got to Moseley in the home sixth. Humberto Quintero singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on Bourn's single to center. The Astros went on to put runners on first and second with two outs, but Carlos Lee grounded into a fielder's choice.

The Padres went scoreless in the eighth despite putting a runner on third. Pinch-hitter Eric Patterson reached first on catcher's interference and stole second. Will Venable then swung at a third strike in the dirt, forcing a throw to first by catcher Quintero, and Patterson used his speed and smart base running to advance to third on the play.

Headley then walked before Hudson hit a grounder to first baseman Brett Wallace, who threw home for the out. Ludwick went down swinging to end the inning.

Brandon Lyon pitched a perfect ninth to record his second save of the season.

Game Notes

The Padres won five of seven over the Astros last year, shutting out Houston three times while winning the final three meetings...San Diego started a seven-game road trip on Thursday...Hudson has a 10-game hitting streak...Astros second baseman Bill Hall had an eight-game hitting streak come to an end...Houston pitcher Mark Melancon tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He has yet to allow a run over eight relief appearances this season.

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