SAN DIEGO (AP) For the second time this season, one hit was enough for the San Diego Padres.
Everth Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored the game’s only run, and Tommy Medica’s single in the second was the lone hit for the Padres, who defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Monday night.
San Diego got solid pitching behind rookie Jesse Hahn (4-1) and four relievers to end Cincinnati’s season-high five-game winning streak.
”At the end of the day, you want to win the game,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”Today, we won it with pitching.”
It marked the first time since the 1965 Dodgers that a team won twice in a season by getting just one hit. The light-hitting Padres actually did it twice in one month. They defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 on June 4, with Cabrera’s bunt single being the lone hit.
On Monday, it was Cabrera’s flyball to center off Mat Latos (1-1) that allowed the Padres to prevail.
”I saw the ball up. He hung a slider,” Cabrera said. ”I was short and quick to the slider and I put a good hit on it.”
But winning with one hit? Well, the struggling Padres will take it.
”It doesn’t matter,” Cabrera said.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in as many chances for the Padres, who have a bright spot in Hahn in what has been an otherwise dark season.
”We’re watching this kid develop and liking what we’re seeing,” Black said. ”We’ve been impressed by his work so far.”
Hahn came to the Padres in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay. He spent most of last year in Single-A Charlotte as he continued to rebound from Tommy John surgery, which he had in 2010.
”I got behind in the count a couple of times to the point I was just throwing it and letting them hit it,” Hahn said. ”And they came up big, making some unbelievable plays out there and saving some runs.”
Hahn baffled the Reds by going to his curveball in fastball situations.
”His curveball was his strike pitch,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Latos (allowed one run, a hit and a walk over seven innings in absorbing the tough-luck loss against his former team. He struck out four.
”I just felt good,” Latos said. ”Everything was down in the zone.”
The Padres broke the scoreless tie in the fifth without the benefit of hit as Cabrera drove in Medica, who walked to open the inning and then stole the first base of his career. He took third when Cameron Maybin flied to center, then scored on Cabrera’s deep fly to center.
Leaning on his slow curveball, Hahn struck out five straight batters in the first four innings and set his career high of nine through five innings. Over one stretch of 10 Reds put outs, nine were strikeouts.
Hahn, who threw 97 pitches, didn’t allow a run, with three hits and two walks in five innings.
In the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker flied deep to center with Maybin making the catch while crashing into the wall.
The Padres had only three baserunners in the game.
Medica singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch in the second inning, but was stranded when Maybin lined out and Cabrera flied out.
Cabrera was left on base after a one-out walk in the eighth.
NOTES: The Padres interviewed Logan White for their vacant general manager position. White is the Dodgers’ vice president of amateur scouting. Cubs executive Jason McLeod, an ex-member of the Padres’ front office, removed himself from consideration for the job. … 2B Jedd Gyorko will have his cast removed from his left foot on Tuesday. Gyorko is out with plantar fasciitis. … RHP Andrew Cashner (sore right shoulder) was to meet with the team’s medical staff to determine if he can resume throwing. … Reds 1B Joey Votto continues to play despite his strained left knee compromising him. ”He’s certainly not 100 percent,” Price said. ”We all know he’s limited.” … Reds Mike Leake (6-6, 3.41) faces Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (5-9, 4.01) on Tuesday night.