Quentin Caps Off Comeback For the Padres

The Padres played one of their wildest games of 2012, as Monday’s game featured five lead changes. Carlos Quentin gave the Padres their final lead, with a booming double to right, and the Padres escaped with an 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros.

Ross Ohlendorf took the hill for the Padres, and got roughed up early. Ohlendorf surrendered two home runs in the first inning, as Brian Bixler and Carlos Lee took him deep.

June 25, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (18) hits an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the tenth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Padres won 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The Padres offense came roaring back in the 2nd, scoring four runs of their own. Nick Hundley came through with a two-run double, and Chris Denorfia delivered with an RBI single. The hit extended Denorfia’s hitting streak to 12 games — the longest hitting streak by any Padre this year.

The Padres built a 5-2 lead, but Ohlendorf could not protect the offense he was given. Ohlendorf was pulled in the 4th, after giving an RBI hit to Chris Johnson, and walking Jason Castro to load the bases. Ohlendorf gave up five runs in 3.2 innings. He allowed eight hits.

Brad Boxberger relieved Ohlendorf walked in a run, to tie the game at five. Boxberger allowed an RBI double in the fifth to Jed Lowrie , and Houston took a 6-5 lead.

Houston took that lead into the seventh, and looked poised to close out the Friars. Jesus Guzman had different plans, as he socked a two-run shot — his second of the year, to give the Padres a 7-6 lead.

The lead was short-lived, as Houston came right back in the bottom of the eighth, as Luke Gregerson served up a solo homer to Jason Castro, and the Friars and ‘Stros were deadlocked once again.

The Padres got the winning run in scoring  position in the 10th inning, after Chase Headley drew a one-out walk, and stole second. Carlos Quentin had one of his biggest hits of the year, stroking a clutch, one-out double to give the Padres the lead.

Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth, for his 11th save in as many chances. The Padres will do battle with Houston tomorrow, as Kip Wells will make his Padres debut.

Topics: Brad Boxberger, Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia, Huston Street, Jesus Guzman, Luke Gregerson, Nick Hundley, Ross Ohlendorf

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