Lauer pitches well, bats come alive as Padres defeat Reds
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie left-hander Eric Lauer pitched five strong innings, drove in his first run and picked off Joey Votto to tie for the most in the majors, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old Lauer (2-3) won for the first time in five starts. He has largely struggled since making his MLB debut on April 24, but put together a nice outing and was backed by a four-run second inning against Matt Harvey (1-4). Lauer allowed one run and five hits, struck out four and walked two. He came in with a 7.67 ERA and lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his previous start, a 7-2 loss to Miami on Monday.
Lauer’s only real mistake was allowing Curt Casali‘s solo homer in his first Reds at-bat with one out in the second. Casali was acquired from Tampa Bay on Thursday and was added to the 25-man roster on Friday.
Votto singled with two outs in the third and was picked off by Lauer, who tied Atlanta’s Julio Teheran with five pickoffs. The Padres lead the big leagues with 11 pickoffs.
With the score tied at 1, the Padres loaded the bases with no outs against Harvey in the second, on singles by rookie Franmil Reyes and Freddy Galvis, and a walk by A.J. Ellis. Manuel Margot hit a two-run double down the right-field line. Lauer followed with a sacrifice fly for his first RBI and Travis Jankowski added an RBI single.
Harvey allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one.
Padres left-hander Jose Castillo struck out the side in the eighth in his major league debut. The 22-year-old Castillo was acquired along with Wil Myers from Tampa Bay in a three-team, 11-player trade on Dec. 18, 2014. He became the ninth Padres player — and seventh pitcher — to debut this season.
Reds: Placed RHP Homer Bailey on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation and reinstated RHP Austin Brice (mid-back) from the DL. … Billy Hamilton started in CF a night after slamming into the padded fence while tracking Freddy Galvis’ two-run triple with two outs in the ninth of the Reds’ 7-2 win.
Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (4-5, 5.49) is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday. The Reds have won four of his last five starts and he has won three of his last four decisions.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (4-3, 3.29) is 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in five appearances, including four starts, against the Reds.