Hot-hitting Hundley rises to fifth in lineup

Hot-hitting Hundley rises to fifth in lineup

HOUSTON -- Manager Bud Black isn't one who is shy about changing his lineup, and on Thursday he unveiled one that had hot-hitting catcher Nick Hundley batting fifth for the first time this season.

Hundley, who entered Thursday's game against Houston hitting .406 with a.487 on-base percentage, has mostly hit eighth this season. He spent two games hitting sixth and one more hitting ninth.

Hundley already has 13 hits this month, one shy of what he had in April a year ago. And the Padres still have 16 games remaining this month, including Thursday's game.

"When a guy is swinging the bat well, you'd like to give him a few more opportunities," Black said.