Padres 11, Reds 5
These Padres felt right at home, and it showed.
Will Venable drove in four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple Monday night, and San Diego emphatically ended one of the longest winning streaks in Reds history with an 11-5 victory that was something special for many of them.
Former Reds played starring roles in stopping Cincinnati's 10-game streak. Edinson Volquez (7-7) got the win, and Yonder Alonso tied a Padres record with three doubles among his four hits, taking down a team that had the winning touch.
''They've been riding a great deal of momentum, they have a lot of confidence,'' manager Bud Black said. ''But we've been playing well over the last five or six weeks. Today we had great at-bats. We had some big nights from a number of guys.''
The Reds were trying to extend only the eighth double-digit winning streak in franchise history. The 1939 and 1957 clubs share the franchise record with 12 straight wins.
Not even close.
Mike Leake (4-7) retired only five batters in the shortest start of his career. The Reds walked a season-high 11 batters in all, and rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. He poked at plate umpire Chad Fairchild's chest protector and bumped him before leaving.
Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs for the Padres, who matched their season high for runs. The 11 runs equaled the most allowed by Cincinnati this season.
The NL Central leaders had a lot of things go their way during the 10-game streak, which matched the New York Yankees for longest in the majors this season. After a fast start Monday, everything came apart.
The package of players they traded away last December helped end the streak.
Cincinnati sent four players to the Padres for starter Mat Latos, a move that solidified the rotation. All four got into the game - Volquez went five innings, Alonso started at first, Yasmani Grandal was behind the plate and Brad Boxberger relieved Volquez. Boxberger was called up from the minors earlier in the day.
Alonso, a first-round pick, was delighted to be back in town.
''It's very special,'' Alonso said. ''This was my home at one point and I was excited. The guys here were great. They showed me the way.''
Cincinnati essentially gave up on Volquez after four inconsistent seasons, but he has steadied himself with San Diego. The right-hander pitched well against his former team on July 5, allowing only one run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory.
He had a tougher time in the rematch, giving up five runs in five innings, including solo homers by Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce. His excitement about pitching in Great American Ball Park contributed to a rough start - three runs allowed in the first.
''I was a little bit (excited) in the first inning,'' he said. ''After that, I had to shut it down.''
Volquez hadn't allowed five earned runs in any of his last six starts. His record was more a reflection of the Padres' lack of offense. They averaged only 2.59 runs when he was on the mound, the lowest run support in the majors.
No problem this time.
''That's great,'' Volquez said, breaking into a big smile. ''That's awesome.''
Leake threw 32 pitches in the second and retired only two of the nine batters he faced. San Diego sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs, with Leake walking three to keep it going. Venable singled home a run, and Quentin's two-run single made it 5-3 and ended the shortest outing of Leake's career after 49 pitches, only 25 of them strikes.
Reliever Alfredo Simon also had trouble throwing strikes. He walked two in the third inning, and Venable's bases-loaded triple made it 8-3. Venable scored on Simon's wild pitch.
NOTES: Alonso has nine multi-double games this season, a club record. ... Grandal left in the second inning after straining muscles in his right side on a hard swing. Black said he'll be evaluated again on Tuesday. ... The Padres put lefty reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right knee. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup. He left Sunday's game with a cramp in his left calf. ... Scott Rolen's RBI single extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games.
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