CINCINNATI (AP) - Ramon Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single
in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to end the San
Diego Padres' eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on
The Padres put runners on first and third with two out in the
ninth but Francisco Cordero got former Reds utilityman Jerry
Hairston Jr. to fly out to center to end the game.
Jay Bruce had three hits and Scott Rolen hit his fifth homer for
Cincinnati, which managed only four runs in the first two games of
the series. Seven of the Reds' eight wins have come in their last
Mike Adams (0-1) inherited a 4-3 lead in the eighth and gave up
a leadoff single to Rolen, who had two hits and scored three times.
Bruce followed with a double into the right-field corner.
Rolen stopped at third until first baseman Adrian Gonzalez let
Will Venable's throw get away from him, allowing Rolen to score the
tying run and Bruce to move to third. Venable was charged with an
Hernandez then lined a single into right to give Cincinnati a
Arthur Rhodes (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the
victory. Cordero earned his seventh save in eight tries.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Homer Bailey in the
fourth to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. Gonzalez, who drove a 1-1
pitch into the right-field seats, has connected in each of San
Diego's last four games. He has six homers in his last seven games
at Great American Ball Park, dating to last season.
It also was Gonzalez's 136th homer with the Padres, snapping a
tie with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for fourth place on the
franchise's career list. Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is third with
Bailey tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six innings,
yielding four runs and seven hits.
The Reds tied it with a two-out rally in the bottom of the
fourth. Rolen reached on a walk and Jonny Gomes, Bruce and
Hernandez followed with singles. Rolen scored on Bruce's hit and
Gomes came home on Hernandez's base hit to center.
Hernandez was trapped between first and second and tagged out to
end the inning before Bruce could score the go-ahead run.
Hernandez was the second Reds player in two innings and fifth in
the last two games to be caught on the basepaths. Drew Stubbs was
caught stealing, Richard to first baseman Gonzalez to Hairston in
Clayton Richard gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 1-3
innings for San Diego.
Most of the game was played in a steady drizzle that started in
the fourth inning.
Both teams scored again in the sixth. Kyle Blanks had a
tiebreaking two-run double for the Padres and Rolen hit a leadoff
drive in the bottom half.
NOTES: Padres SS Everth Cabrera, who left Saturday's game after
getting hit by a pitch on his left knee, was replaced by Hairston
in Sunday's lineup. Manager Bud Black said Cabrera was day to day.
Cabrera pinch ran in the ninth. ... Reds RHP Johnny Cueto was given
an extra day between starts because of soreness in his side,
manager Dusty Baker said. Cueto pitched six innings in Saturday's
5-0 loss. ... Reds SS Orlando Cabrera returned to the lineup after
missing Saturday's game with soreness in his legs.
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