HOUSTON -- Andrew Driver and Giles Barnes scored to help the Houston Dynamo beat English Premier League club Stoke City 2-0 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game. Driver opened the scoring in the 11th minute, sending a free kick from 25 yards out right of the middle inside the far post. "It was a big game for the club," Driver said. "Obviously, with a team like Stoke, it is nice to score in a game like that. Its nice to get a win and a goal, but I would rather get that on the weekend (against Chicago in MLS play)." Barnes scored in the 88th minute, taking a pass from Corey Ashe in the left box and sending a shot along the end line from outside the left goalkeepers box and inside the near post. "We created some really good chances in the first half," Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear said. "I thought we defended well. Then it was a bit of a possession game for them, and we were kind of dropping deeper and deeper and had some good possession as well. Giles had a good individual play for the second goal." Stoke City was playing its first game under new manager Mark Hughes. Stoke City will play FC Dallas on Saturday night, and end its three-game tour against the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night. "From our point of view, this is exactly what we need at this stage of the season and our preparation," Hughes said. "I thought for long periods we showed decent control of the football without really having a cutting edge. "We didnt create enough in the final third. We didnt really retain the ball as well as we hope to do in the future, but for a first game, first test, I thought this was exactly what we needed." Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron, who spent 4 1/2 years in Houston before he moved on to the EPL with Stoke City, said the first game under Hughes was a good opportunity to get back on the field. "Its obviously a preseason game, so we are just rolling with it," said Cameron, a U.S. national team member. "Its a new system, so we are just trying to get the ball down and play. Obviously, everyone was a bit fatigued playing in the heat, but I thought it was a good show." Cam Weaver had a line drive from the right box in the 23rd minute stopped with a leg save by Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Jason Johnson let one go from inside the upper box in the 33rd minute, but Begovic made a diving save to keep it 1-0. Kenwyne Jones had Stoke Citys best opportunity in the 64th minute, but Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric made a diving save on Jones shot from outside the upper box. 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Aaron Harang pitched into the seventh inning, Brad Hawpe had a two-run double and the Padres beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Saturday night. wholesale jerseys from china. -- The Oakland Raiders are changing directions at quarterback once again. Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ryan Ludwick capped a huge day at the plate with three hits, including a two-run homer, and the San Diego Padres held on for a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs to split a doubleheader. Ludwick finished the day 5-for-8 after slapping two hits in the first game, which the Cubs won 2-1 on Reed Johnsons home run in the 11th inning. Thats a long day of baseball, said Cubs manager Mike Quade. Aaron Harang (4-0) won the nightcap for San Diego despite yielding nine hits and two runs in six innings. He struck out five without a walk. Heath Bell pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save, getting Darwin Barney looking on a breaking ball to end the game after surrendering a two-out single to Kosuke Fukudome. James Russell (1-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk in four-plus innings. Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who lost despite out-hitting San Diego 13-12. Cameron Maybin and Chris Denorfia belted solo homers for the Padres, who salvaged the three-game series after dropping the first two games. Maybin had two hits and two runs scored, while Denorfia added three hits. The Padres went 3-4 on a seven-game road trip and are headed back to San Diego for a seven-game homestand, beginning with a four-game set against the Phillies that starts Thursday. This month has had quite a few ups and downs for us, but weve been battling and competing till thhe end and its nice to get a big win going home, said Maybin.dddddddddddd Ludwick also flashed his glove, making a diving catch in left field to end the first inning. He popped an 0-1 curveball over the seats in left field to give the Padres a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Maybin homered to dead center field in the fourth inning and Denorfia lined a pitch just over the wall and into the basket in left field leading off the fifth. The blast gave San Diego a 4-0 lead and knocked Russell out of the game for Jeff Stevens. The Cubs got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Soriano led off with a double and came home on Johnsons double with one out. The Padres threw Johnson out at third on the play, but Chicago scored on three straight singles by Jeff Baker, Fukudome and Darwin Barney. San Diego took a 5-2 lead on Alberto Gonzalez sacrifice fly in the sixth, which scored Ludwick after he doubled and moved to third on Rob Johnsons single. Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless seventh for San Diego, but Soriano crushed a two-out offering from Chad Qualls into the left field seats in the eighth to get the Cubs within 5-4. The Padres squandered a chance to add runs in the top of the ninth against John Grabow when Gonzalez was caught stealing and Denorfia was picked off. GAME NOTES:The teams were rained out Tuesday...The Cubs nine-game homestand continues with a three-game weekend series against the Dodgers. ' ' '