|Padres score 11 in first inning|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 29 July 2007 09:35|
Mike Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers and Brian Giles had a two-run double for the Padres, who put together their biggest inning since they scored 12 in the ninth inning at Colorado on Sept. 12, 2004. Starting pitcher Tim Stauffer, called up from Triple-A Portland on Saturday, added a two-run single for the Padres, who had their biggest first inning since they scored 13 against St. Louis on Aug. 24, 1993.
It was the most runs allowed by the Astros in an inning since they gave up 14 in the first against Cincinnati on Aug. 3, 1989.
Jennings allowed eight hits and three walks. It was the most runs given up by a pitcher to start a game since Aug. 13, 2006, when Kansas City's Luke Hudson allowed 11 runs against Cleveland.
Jennings walked the first two batters he faced, Brian Giles and Cameron. Milton Bradley lined a ground-rule double into right and Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to put the Padres up 2-0.
Khalil Greene singled, prompting a mound visit from pitching coach Dave Wallace.
The scoring continued after Wallace retreated to the dugout. Bard blooped a single to left to score Bradley and make it 3-0. Kevin Kouzmanoff flew out before Jennings walked Geoff Blum to load the bases.
Stauffer, a career .154 hitter, then lined a single to left-center, scoring Greene and Bard and triggering boos from the crowd at Minute Maid Park. Giles then lined a double down the right-field line, scoring Blum and Stauffer to make it 7-0.
Cameron followed with a homer to left, his 14th. Bradley singled before Gonzalez hit his 16th homer of the season to left as the jeers for Jennings intensified.
Houston manager Phil Garner finally trotted to the mound to mock cheers and Mark McLemore relieved Jennings. McLemore, called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday morning, walked Greene, then got Bard to ground out and end the inning.
Jennings threw 39 pitches. He had worked six innings or more in eight of his previous 13 starts.