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CINCINNATI -- Unbelievably, it happened again.
Exactly one week after the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen allowed the biggest ninth-inning comeback in St. Louis history, it let someone else pull off another that was more modest, but no less maddening.
Ryan Klesko homered to start a four-run ninth inning, and Dave Roberts had a run-scoring single in the 13th that sent the San Diego Padres to a 6-5 victory on Monday night.
"It's just one of those things," said closer Danny Graves, who blew a big ninth-inning lead for the second time in eight days. "When a team's struggling, you just can't catch that break. You make a bad pitch and the next thing you know, you lose that game."
Robert Fick's bases-loaded double off Graves completed the four-run rally that tied it at 5 and drew catcalls. The Padres then pulled out their seventh victory in eight games when Xavier Nady doubled in the 13th off Matt Belisle (1-3) and Roberts singled up the middle with two outs, his only hit in six at-bats.
"I had a tough night," Roberts said. "I just had to keep grinding. It's a testament to this ballclub to come back. We've had a lot of adversity lately and played good ball."
Chris Hammond (4-0) allowed one hit in the 12th, and Trevor Hoffman closed it out for his ninth save in 11 chances and his 400th career save for San Diego.
Pitching on his 27th birthday, Aaron Harang gave up only three hits and a run in eight innings, the longest appearance by a Cincinnati starter this season. Even that wasn't enough margin for error for a bullpen that has blown its last four save chances.
"I feel bad for Harang," Graves said. "He pitched an unbelievable game. He probably wishes he'd have stayed in at the end so we would have stayed out."
Harang watched from the dugout as the Reds' setup man and closer let it unravel.
"You know, that's just the way our luck's going right now," Harang said.
Klesko started the comeback with a leadoff homer against Ryan Wagner in the ninth, his eighth. San Diego then loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk.
In came Graves, who has been booed loudly in every appearance the past eight days. Graves gave up two homers that capped the Cardinals' seven-run rally for a 10-9 victory a week earlier, then lashed out at fans for booing.
Graves got another rough reception from the crowd of 16,095 as he jogged in from the bullpen with his head down on Monday. Fick hit his third pitch, a hanging sinker, to the wall in left-center for a double that cleared the bases and tied it at 5.
"I don't ever remember facing Graves," Fick said. "I just didn't want to hit into a double play. He left a pitch up and I was lucky to hit it hard."
The bullpen's meltdowns have been a big factor in the Reds' slide -- 10 losses in the last 11 games.
Until Cincinnati's bullpen got involved, it appeared another big first inning off the Padres would be enough.
Ken Griffey Jr.'s run-scoring double started a four-run first inning off Jake Peavy, putting the Padres way behind for the second straight day. On Sunday, the Padres gave up 11 first-inning runs in a 15-5 loss in St. Louis.
Griffey's double off the wall in left-center started the scoring and extended his hitting streak to 13 games, his longest in five seasons with his hometown team. His career best is a 16-game streak in 1999, his last season with Seattle.
Harang has been the most consistent performer in the majors' most hittable rotation. Heading into the game, opponents were hitting .308 off Reds starters, the worst in the majors.
Harang has only one complete game in 65 career starts. He had thrown 115 pitches when manager Dave Miley decided to pinch hit for him in the eighth with Cincinnati up 5-1.
|Players of the Game|
|San Diego Padres|
|Dave Roberts, CF||6||0||1||1||1||0||2||.240|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||7||0||1||0||0||2||1||.274|
|Ryan Klesko, LF||6||1||2||1||1||2||2||.259|
|Phil Nevin, 1B||6||1||2||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Brian Giles, RF||3||2||2||0||2||0||2||.235|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Eaton, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||.176|
|Chris Hammond, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.291|
|Damian Jackson, PR-SS||2||1||0||0||0||0||3||.227|
|Khalil Greene, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.222|
|b- Robert Fick, PH||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||.429|
|Akinori Otsuka, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Xavier Nady, RF||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Sean Burroughs, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.280|
|Jake Peavy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.083|
|Rudy Seanez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mark Sweeney, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.310|
|Brian Falkenborg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Miguel Ojeda, PH-C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.233|
|a-singled for Linebrink in the 12th|
|b-doubled for Greene in the 9th|
|c-walked for Seanez in the 8th|
|d-grounded out for Falkenborg in the 9th|
|2B - Brian Giles (6, Harang), Ramon Hernandez (5, Harang), Robert Fick (1, Graves), Xavier Nady (4, Belisle)|
|HR - Ryan Klesko (8, Wagner)|
|SH - Sean Burroughs (2)|
|RBI - Dave Roberts (5), Ryan Klesko (18), Ramon Hernandez (15), Robert Fick 3 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dave Roberts (3)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Greene-Nevin|
|E - Brian Giles (2, Misplayed fly ball)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Hammond (W,4-0)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.00|
|Trevor Hoffman (S,9)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.55|
|IBB - Dunn by Akinori Otsuka|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 109-72, Rudy Seanez 12-7, Brian Falkenborg 12-7, Akinori Otsuka 22-13, Scott Linebrink 27-19, Chris Hammond 17-13, Trevor Hoffman 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 9-6, Brian Falkenborg 1-2, Akinori Otsuka 1-1, Scott Linebrink 2-0, Trevor Hoffman 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 31, Rudy Seanez 2, Brian Falkenborg 3, Akinori Otsuka 6, Scott Linebrink 6, Chris Hammond 4, Trevor Hoffman 3|
|Ryan Freel, RF-LF||7||1||1||0||0||1||1||.319|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B-SS||6||1||2||0||0||0||1||.321|
|Sean Casey, 1B||5||0||3||1||0||0||1||.293|
|William Bergolla, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kent Mercker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason LaRue, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.175|
|Ken Griffey Jr., CF||5||1||3||1||1||2||0||.269|
|Adam Dunn, LF-1B||4||1||0||0||2||2||4||.265|
|Joe Randa, 3B||6||1||3||2||0||1||5||.296|
|Rich Aurilia, SS||6||0||0||0||0||1||2||.202|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Valentin, C||5||0||1||0||0||3||1||.250|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.217|
|Aaron Harang, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.059|
|a- Jacob Cruz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Ryan Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Graves, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Austin Kearns, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.214|
|a-fouled out for Harang in the 8th|
|2B - Felipe Lopez (5, Peavy), Sean Casey 2 (8, Peavy, Peavy), Ken Griffey Jr. (11, Peavy), Joe Randa (8, Peavy)|
|RBI - Sean Casey (11), Ken Griffey Jr. (15), Joe Randa 2 (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey (5), Ken Griffey Jr. (8), Joe Randa 2 (12)|
|SB - Ryan Freel (6, 2nd base off Peavy/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Freel 1|
|DP - F. Lopez-Aurilia-Casey, Aurilia-F. Lopez-Casey|
|E - Rich Aurilia (3, Wild throw)|
|Danny Graves (BS,2)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.95|
|Matt Belisle (L,1-4)||1||3||1||1||0||2||0||5.40|
|IBB - Roberts by Danny Graves|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 115-80, Ryan Wagner 15-7, Danny Graves 19-9, Kent Mercker 19-10, David Weathers 26-21, Matt Belisle 24-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 8-8, Danny Graves 3-0, Kent Mercker 1-2, David Weathers 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Ryan Wagner 4, Danny Graves 5, Kent Mercker 4, David Weathers 9, Matt Belisle 6|
|Attendance - 16095|
|Game Time - 4:10|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Doug Eddings|