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Rasmus drives in 3, Astros beat Padres 9-4 for 4th straight

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Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris and catcher Jason Castro congratulate each other after the Astros 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)) Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris and catcher Jason Castro congratulate each other after the Astros 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi))
Houston Astros' Colby Rasmus (28) is greeted at the dugout after driving in a run and scoring against the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Houston Astros' Colby Rasmus (28) is greeted at the dugout after driving in a run and scoring against the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Houston Astros' Jed Lowrie is safe at home as he sails over San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. Lowrie scored on a base hit by Colby Rasmus. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Houston Astros' Jed Lowrie is safe at home as he sails over San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. Lowrie scored on a base hit by Colby Rasmus. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, right, tags out San Diego Padres' Wil Myers at home after Myers tried to score from third on a infield grounder in the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, right, tags out San Diego Padres' Wil Myers at home after Myers tried to score from third on a infield grounder in the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Houston Astros' Luis Valbuena drives in a run with a base hit during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Houston Astros' Luis Valbuena drives in a run with a base hit during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, April 27, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Colby Rasmus homered and drove in three runs as the surprising Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro also homered for the AL West leaders, who have won nine of 10. Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI double against San Diego ace James Shields in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

Pat Neshek (1-0) retired the only two hitters he faced to earn the win.

The game was tied at 4 in the eighth inning before Joaquin Benoit (3-1) yielded three runs as Houston took the lead for good. Rasmus and Chris Carter each drove home a run in the inning.

Cory Mazzoni made his major league debut in the ninth for the Padres and gave up a two-run homer to Rasmus.

Shields tied his season high with 12 strikeouts but allowed three runs — one earned — over six innings. ThePadres have lost five of six.

Houston starter Collin McHugh gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.

San Diego's Yangervis Solarte had three hits and drove in two runs. He was acquired by A.J. Hinch, the current Astros manager and former Padres executive, in a 2014 trade with the New York Yankees for third baseman Chase Headley.

Castro hit his second homer of the season leading off the seventh against Brandon Maurer to break a 3-all tie.

Lowrie homered into the porch in right field against Shields in the fourth for a 1-0 Houston lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Lowrie left in the eighth inning with a right thumb injury.

Padres: RHP Shawn Kelley (strained left calf) threw a 30-pitch batting practice session. Kelley was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week.

UP NEXT

Astros: Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 3.57 ERA) looks for his first win with Houston after signing a minor league contract and winning a spot in the rotation during spring training.

Padres: Tyson Ross (1-1, 3.97) will try to rebound from a loss at Colorado, where he gave up two runs in five innings.

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