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By Brett Bibbins

CINCINNATI,OH (FOX19) - Jeff Francis made his 2014 Major League debut, but in a losing effort as the Reds (18-21) dropped the second game of the double header against the Padres (20-22) 6-1 Thursday night.

Francis (0-1) threw five innings, surrendering three runs on five hits in his first big league start since September 29 of last year with the Colorado Rockies.

"You want to go out and win a game," said Francis. "I think we had our chances. We got an early lead, but I couldn't hold it."

After being shut down in game one of this day-night double header, the San Diego bats woke up for game two, scoring six runs on nine hits, including three homeruns. The solid hitting was backed up by solid pitching as the Padres starter Tyson Ross threw seven innings of one run baseball.

"Ross really figured it out after that first inning," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Once he settled in, he made it very difficult for us."

Ross (5-3) struck out eight and only allowed three hits. Tonight's start makes three straight starts of seven innings and only one earned run for Ross.

The Reds struck first, as Billy Hamilton walked to lead-off the bottom of the first. Hamilton then earned steals 13 and 14 on the season and later scored on a Brandon Phillips ground out. After the first inning, the Reds only had one runner reach second base in the final eight innings.

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