Friday, July 20, 2012

San Diego Padres manage single hit in 1-0 win over Houston Astros -

SAN DIEGO â€" While the Houston Astros were relieved not to fall victim to another no-hitter on Thursday night, they had little else to celebrate.

Edinson Volquez threw a one-hitter â€" an infield single in the fourth inning that bounced off his glove â€" for the first complete game and shutout of his career as the San Diego Padres beat the Astros 1-0 on Thursday night.

Houston dropped three of the four games in the series and is batting .197 over the past 15 games. San Francisco’s Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros on July 13.

“It’s going to turn here, and it’s going to turn here quick,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “We’re looking forward to it turning tomorrow night in Arizona.”

Alexi Amarista doubled and Logan Forsythe singled in the first inning against rookie Lucas Harrell to account for the game’s only run.

Harrell (7-7), who threw a shutout against San Diego on June 27 in Houston, gave up four hits and struck out six while walking one in seven innings.

“With our offense, I feel like we can score enough runs if I can keep it close,” Harrell said.

Volquez shut down the Astros except for an infield single by Matt Downs, who hit a comebacker to the left side of the mound. Third baseman Chase Headley and Volquez converged on the ball. Volquez opted to attempt to snare the ball but dropped it. Volquez did not attempt to throw out Downs at first base.

“I’ve got to work on my backhand,” Volquez said. “I was supposed to catch that ball. I’ve got fielding practice tomorrow, I’ve got to work on that. He hit it in the right spot.”

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