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Astros shut out Pads behind Pettitte's strong outing

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Andy Pettitte is unbeaten in San Diego, and he
holds a slim edge over Jake Peavy in their head-to-head matchups.

Pettitte outpitched Peavy in his first game in San Diego since
the 1998 World Series, and Morgan Ensberg returned from the
disabled list to help spark the Astros to a 1-0 win over the Padres
on Tuesday night.

Pettitte and Peavy are both in the odd position of being marquee
pitchers with uncharacteristically poor records.

"I kind of know what he's going through a little bit this year,
with the year I've had so far," Pettitte said. "That's a tough
one to lose. We're both trying to get it going and get on a real
good run, and I'm just thankful I was able to throw a good game for
us."

Pettitte (10-11) was impressive in his first start in San Diego
since winning Game 4 of the 1998 World Series at Qualcomm Stadium,
which completed the New York Yankees' sweep of the Padres.

Pitching for the first time at Petco Park, he held San Diego to
five hits in six innings, struck out eight and escaped two jams.
Pettitte walked two and got the only run he needed on Adam Everett's sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler each worked a hitless inning in
relief. Brad Lidge fanned three in the ninth for his 24th save in
28 opportunities.

Astros pitchers struck out 13 in a five-hitter, Houston's
NL-best 10th shutout.

"I felt like I was throwing the ball pretty good, but I still
felt like I had several jams," Pettitte said. "Obviously, when
it's 1-0 it puts a little more heat on you. I felt real good about
the way I was throwing the ball and I just didn't want to change
anything."

Pettitte and Peavy faced each other for the third time since
2004, and the Houston lefty now has a 2-1 advantage over the
Padres' righty.

Peavy (5-11) pitched well, but lost for the sixth time in seven
decisions. He was coming off a 10-3 victory against the Los Angeles
Dodgers, his only win since May 28. Peavy allowed one run and six
hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one.

"I didn't expect Andy Pettitte to give up three or four runs,"
Peavy said.

Ensberg, out since July 13 with a bruised right shoulder, was
activated before the game and went 2-for-4. He doubled leading off
the fourth, advanced on Luke Scott's groundout and scored on
Everett's sacrifice fly.

The Padres thought Ensberg should have been out after he checked
his swing before the double.

"I hate to get on umpires, but I think the replay will tell the
tale," Peavy said. "I was frustrated to give up that run in a way
I was unhappy about. I let the first base umpire know that I wasn't
happy. It's obviously a tough way to lose. I thought I had Ensberg
struck out a couple of times, then he scored the winning run."

Peavy matched his career high for losses, set in 2003.

Mike Cameron hit a leadoff double for San Diego, then Pettitte
retired 11 straight batters before the Padres loaded the bases with
two outs in the fourth. Pettitte escaped that jam by retiring Ben Johnson on a comebacker.

Mike Piazza's single fell just in front of diving center fielder
Willy Taveras, Khalil Greene hit a bouncer that eluded Everett at
shortstop, and Adrian Gonzalez walked before Johnson grounded out.

The Padres had runners on first and second with two outs in the
sixth before Pettitte struck out Johnson.

Pettitte was coming off a loss in relief Friday night at
Arizona, when he allowed a run in the 11th inning of his first
appearance out of the bullpen since 1998.

"We just caught him on a bad night," Padres rookie Josh Barfield said. "He was throwing strikes and getting us to chase
pitches. We hadn't seen a guy like that all year."

Game notes
Todd Walker, acquired by the Padres on Tuesday from the
Chicago Cubs, grounded out on the first pitch he saw from Qualls in
the seventh while pinch-hitting for Peavy. ... Walker is scheduled
to start at 3B on Wednesday night. ... To make room on the roster
for Ensberg, RHP Chris Sampson was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
... With Ensberg playing 3B, Aubrey Huff started in RF, the first
time he played the outfield for the Astros. Huff was obtained from
Tampa Bay on July 12 and filled in for Ensberg at 3B. ... To make
room for Walker and Johnson, who came off the DL, the Padres
released OF Eric Young and optioned OF Terrmel Sledge to Triple-A
Portland.