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Reds beat Padres in 13 on Votto's sac fly
, Associated Press
Monday, August 12, 2013 11:00 AM
CINCINNATI - Xavier Paul and Jack Hannahan were looking for opportunities to redeem themselves after making mistakes that helped cost the Reds a game on Saturday.
They didn't have to wait long.
Paul came off the bench to hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Hannahan scored the winning run on Joey Votto's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th to give Cincinnati a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Paul committed one error and made a terrible baserunning blunder on Saturday. Hannahan was charged with a career-high three errors and grounded into a double play in that loss.
"Live to fight another day," Hannahan said. "One of the best things about baseball is you can put a bad day behind you and show up the next day ready to win."
Hannahan drew a one-out walk from Tim Stauffer (1-1) and Shin-Soo Choo snapped a 0-for-16 slump with a one-out double to right field. Ryan Hanigan, pinch-hitting against a drawn-in, five-man infield and shallow two-man outfield, was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
The Padres went back to three outfielders with everybody drawn in, and Votto hit a fly to left field to drive in Hannahan from third base.
Paul tied the score with a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Ian Kennedy in the eighth and the Reds overcame two more errors for their fourth win in five games. They finished their eight-game homestand with five wins after starting 1-2 against St. Louis.
"After last night and making a few mistakes that some people say cost us the game, to be able to come back today late in the game and help put the team in position to win makes me feel good," Paul said.
The Padres, who've lost four of their last five games, were 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base.
"We're just having a bad stretch," second baseman Logan Forsythe said. "We're still playing good, fundamental baseball. There's just a couple of things we need to get better at, and one of them is good situational hitting."
Sam LeCure (2-1), Cincinnati's seventh pitcher, pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win.
Kennedy was positioned to improve his career record against the Reds to 4-0 in four starts. Kennedy, in his second start for San Diego after being acquired from Arizona in a July 31 trade, allowed one hit - pitcher Mike Leake's leadoff single in the third - in 7 1-3 scoreless innings and retired 16 consecutive batters before pinch-hitter Zack Cozart reached with an infield single.
"Kennedy was dealing," manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't know if it was more him or us. We had to persevere. They threatened a bunch of times. It looked bleak for a while. Every time you turned around we were in trouble. It really taxed our bullpen heading to Chicago. We had to bear down to our last man today."
Paul tied the game with his seventh homer of the season, a 422-foot shot into the right-field seats on a 1-2 pitch. Paul has three pinch-hit homers this season and five in his career.
Leake allowed one earned run in seven innings, giving up six hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts. He also committed an error, the Reds' sixth in the last two games.
Manny Parra and J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless eighth before Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth.
"We didn't get it done," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "It's a topic we talk about all the time. We got some good pitches to hit, but we didn't advance runners."
The Reds, who were charged with four errors in their 3-1 loss to San Diego on Saturday, committed another to help the Padres take a 2-0 lead on Rene Rivera's bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center field with one out in the second.
As Yonder Alonso scored from third, backup shortstop Cesar Izturis cut off Choo's throw, but Izturis' quick throw to second trying to get Forsythe going back sailed past Brandon Phillips into foul territory down the right-field line, allowing Forsythe to score.
Reds have season-high 4 errors in 3-1 loss
Jack Hannahan had never struggled quite like this.
The Reds' third baseman had three of Cincinnati's season-high four errors, helping San Diego's depleted offense muster just enough for a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
Hannahan had only one error all season coming into the game. He made two off-target throws to first base and let a grounder get through him for the only three-error game of his career, helping the Padres score a pair of unearned runs. Will Venable added a solo homer, his second in two days.
"The first one, I kind of rushed it," Hannahan said. "The second one stayed down on me, and third one I just air-mailed. It's frustrating, especially since I don't get many starts. Then it's magnified."
San Diego scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. Venable hit his team-high 15th homer in the eighth inning off reliever Manny Parra.
"Jack just had a bad day," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's known for his defense. We also had a couple of baserunning mistakes. I have no explanation."
Tyson Ross (3-5) gave up Brandon Phillips' RBI single in the first, one of only four hits he allowed over seven innings. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 23 chances.
Three of Cincinnati's errors came behind Tony Cingrani (5-2), who had to throw a lot of pitches to make up for the extra outs. The left-hander needed 92 to get through five innings while allowing only two hits and two unearned runs.
"I don't normally look at the pitch count, but yeah, 90 pitches in the fifth inning isn't a good thing," Cingrani said. "You just try to put it out of your mind. Errors are part of the game. They're going to happen."
The Padres have won their last six games against left-handed starters since July 11.
Chris Denorfia singled and scored when Venable singled and left fielder Xavier Paul bobbled the ball. Hannahan then threw wildly to first on Chase Headley's grounder, allowing Venable to score on the second error of the inning. Cingrani threw 32 pitches in the frame.
"I've seen some of the best have bad nights," Baker said, "Then the fans start getting on you and you start guiding the ball. Jack had a bad night. With all that, we still had a chance to win the game."
Shin-Soo Choo drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, stole his 13th base of the season and came around on Phillips' two-out single.
Paul ran the Reds out of a rally in the seventh. Jay Bruce walked and went to third on Paul's single with no outs. Mesoraco flied to Denorfia in right, but not deep enough to get Bruce in from third. Paul inexplicably tagged on the play and was thrown out at second.
"It was an aggressive play - an aggressive mistake," Paul said. "You don't want to commit errors that cost us wins, and that's what happened today."
NOTES: LF Ryan Ludwick rejoined the Reds on Saturday from his minor league rehab stint. The Reds plan to activate him before the start of a series on Monday in Chicago. Ludwick has been sidelined since he tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding on opening day.
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