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San Diego Padres' Clayton Richard, right, hits a run-producing double against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in San Diego. Astros' catcher Chris Snyder, left, looks on. San Diego Padres' Clayton Richard, right, hits a run-producing double against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in San Diego. Astros' catcher Chris Snyder, left, looks on.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yonder Alonso went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and the San Diego Padres used a five-run fourth inning to beat the Houston Astros 8-4 on Wednesday. 

Clayton Richard (7-10) allowed four runs in 8 1-3 innings to snap a two-game losing streak. The left-hander gave up nine hits, including two home runs by Matt Downs and struck out two. Richard added an RBI double in the sixth.

The Padres won for the fourth time in five games.

After Carlos Corporan singled to chase Richard in the ninth, Nick Vincent got one out, but walked Jordan Schafer to put the tying run on deck. Huston Street entered and struck out Scott Moore to convert his 15th save.

Downs' three-run home run in the sixth landed in the first deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field. He hit a solo shot off Richard in the ninth, also to left for Houston, which has lost 14 of 15 games on the road.

After Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez retired the first nine batters, the Padres broke through in the fourth.

The first six batters reached base, highlighted by Alonso's and Chris Denorfia's run-scoring hits. Rodriguez also walked two in the inning and threw a wild pitch as San Diego built a 5-0 lead.

Rodriguez (7-8) allowed five runs and four hits over four innings, snapping a streak of 48 games in which the left-hander had lasted at least five innings.

Alonso's double in the seventh scored Denorfia and gave San Diego an 8-3 lead. Alonso has hit two or more doubles in a game seven times this season, which is a franchise record. Adrian Gonzalez and Tony Gwynn held the previous mark with six each.

Chase Headley scored on a Houston defensive breakdown in the fifth as Enerio Del Rosario threw wide of first base on an attempted pickoff. Headley ran to third and Downs skipped the ball past Chris Johnson as Headley scored.

Notes: Padres CF Cameron Maybin was scratched from the starting lineup with soreness in his right wrist. . Astros C Jason Castro was to have his knee drained on Wednesday but is not expected to join the team this week. ... Lucas Harrell (7-6, 4.43 ERA) will take the mound for Houston in the final game of the series on Thursday. Edinson Volquez (5-7, 3.69) will start for San Diego.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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