The Cincinnati Reds allowed another late-inning lead slip through their fingers, losing to the San Diego Padres 9-7.
In front of a sold-out Great American Ball Park crowd, the Reds built a 6-1 lead through five innings.
Matt Kemp brought the Padres within three in the fifth with a two-run double. Reds' right fielder Jay Bruce stretched the lead to four in the sixth with a single.
Everything fell apart for the Reds in the seventh. Leading 7-3, manager Bryan Price replaced starter Michael Lorenzen with Ryan Mattheus. Mattheus struck out the first two batters, but a single and two walks loaded the bases for former Red Yonder Alonso.
Price pulled Mattheus for Cingrani. Alonso sent a 3-2 pitch over the right center field wall for a Grand Slam, tying the game at seven.
After the inning Price was visibly upset, yelling in the dugout. The outburst did not seem directed at a specific player, but the team as a whole.
The Padres took the lead for good in the eighth. Matt Kemp's two-run single gave San Diego the lead.
"It hurts. It does. There's no other way of putting it," said Todd Frazier. "We've got to put two-and-two together. We can't have one day the pitching staff doing well and the hitters not doing well and vice versa. We just haven't established us as a team
playing together. Can't say it's one of those games because it's been happening a lot."
The Reds try to avoid the sweep Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
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