San Diego at Cincinnati

San Diego
W: T. Coffey (1-0) L: B. Lawrence (2-4)
HR: SD - D. Jackson (1)   CIN - None

Reds 5, Padres 1

CBS wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Grinning catcher Javier Valentin walked toward the mound and wrapped a beefy arm around Danny Graves' shoulders, then patted his chest in celebration. Fans who had booed the closer's entrance now stood and cheered.

Finally, the Reds could walk off their home field with their heads raised.

Sean Casey drove in three runs with two doubles, and Cincinnati's besieged bullpen ended a long stretch of miserable performances by preserving a 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

"It was good to get some good things going and just to get a win, to tell you the truth," Casey said.

Casey doubled home a run in the fifth and drove in two more in the seventh off reliever Dennys Reyes, spotting the bullpen a 5-1 lead -- the same margin it blew a night earlier. A relief corps that has blown its last four save chances held on.

Reds starter Brandon Claussen left in the fourth inning after taking a line drive off his pitching arm. The left-hander also twisted his left ankle as he fell, and walked with a limp as he left the field and entrusted a 2-0 lead to his relievers.

Graves heard boos when he came on for the ninth inning, rough treatment for blowing two big leads and lashing out at fans in the last eight days. This time, he got it done, finishing off the Reds' second win in their last 12 games.

Graves gave up two singles before retiring Damian Jackson on a routine fly to end it.

"I keep telling people that I've been through worse stretches than this, four or five games where I was miserable," said Graves, who has blown his last two save chances. "Last night, I gave up the (game-tying) double, but I still felt like I threw some good pitches."

San Diego got 12 hits but repeatedly wasted scoring opportunities, setting up the Padres' second loss in nine games.

Brian Lawrence (2-4) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. Austin Kearns had an RBI single in the second and Valentin followed with a sacrifice fly. Casey's double made it 3-0 in the fifth.

Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-4, ending his 13-game hitting streak. The center fielder also made the game's pivotal play, throwing out a runner at third base as the Padres tried to rally in the sixth inning.

Reds manager Dave Miley tried to shake up the lineup by batting shortstop Rich Aurilia in the second spot. Aurilia, in a 4-for-32 slump, grounded into a double play in the first inning and pulled his left hamstring while running out his grounder in the second, forcing him from the game.

So much for that strategy.

Things got grimmer in the fourth, when Ramon Hernandez hit a liner that deflected off the back of Claussen's pitching arm. X-rays found no fracture.

The injury put more stress on a bullpen that repeatedly cracked during a 2-6 homestand. The Padres scored four times in the ninth inning off Ryan Wagner and Graves to tie the series opener and set up a 6-5, 13-inning win on Monday night.

Right-hander Todd Coffey (1-0) took over for Claussen and got the victory in his fourth big league appearance. Jackson led off the sixth with his first homer off Coffey, cutting it to 3-1. Coffey then got a huge assist from his center fielder.

Mark Loretta singled and tried to go to third when Brian Giles followed with a single to right-center. Griffey made a perfect, on-the-fly throw to third baseman Joe Randa, who tagged Loretta on the back as he slid into the base.

"It turned out to be a mistake," Loretta said. "When I got to second base, I read that he was going away from the base (to get the ball). I took a chance, he made a great throw. I was trying to be aggressive and put pressure on the defense."

The Padres put most of the pressure on themselves by hitting into two double plays and stranding six runners in scoring position.

"We had numerous opportunities," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The lack of a big hit and the double-play ball killed us tonight."


Jackson's last major league homer was May 9, 2004, against Colorado for the Cubs. ... Ryan Klesko is 7-for-13 career with five homers off RHP Paul Wilson, who will start for the Reds on Wednesday. Wilson is 1-6 in seven appearances against San Diego with an 8.82 ERA. ... Slumping Reds C Jason LaRue was out of the lineup for the second straight game. He is in an 0-for-19 skid.

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Players of the Game

S. Casey
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
San Diego

D. Jackson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Damian Jackson, 3B5121024 .259
Mark Loretta, 2B3010100 .275
Brian Giles, RF4020000 .244
Phil Nevin, 1B4020003 .267
Ramon Hernandez, C4010004 .289
Xavier Nady, CF3000001 .250
   a- Dave Roberts, PH1000010 .237
Miguel Ojeda, LF3000010 .212
   b- Sean Burroughs, PH1010000 .287
Khalil Greene, SS4010011 .225
Brian Lawrence, P2000000 .077
   c- Mark Sweeney, PH1010000 .333
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Darrell May, P0000000 .000
   d- Robert Fick, PH1010000 .500
a-struck out for Nady in the 9th
b-singled for Ojeda in the 9th
c-singled for Lawrence in the 7th
d-singled for May in the 9th
2B - Brian Giles (7, Claussen)
HR - Damian Jackson (1, Coffey)
RBI - Damian Jackson (2)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Greene-Loretta-Nevin, Nevin-Greene
E - Brian Lawrence (1, missed catch)
San Diego Padres
Brian Lawrence (L,2-4) 6633220 5.09
Brian Falkenborg 0.2022200 10.80
Dennys Reyes 0.1100000 2.53
Darrell May 1000000 5.19
WP - Dennys Reyes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Lawrence 86-54, Brian Falkenborg 14-4, Dennys Reyes 7-4, Darrell May 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Lawrence 9-6, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Darrell May 1-2
Batters Faced - Brian Lawrence 25, Brian Falkenborg 4, Dennys Reyes 2, Darrell May 3
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, 2B-SS4120004 .333
Rich Aurilia, SS2000003 .198
    D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B2000003 .212
Sean Casey, 1B4023000 .299
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4000013 .259
Adam Dunn, LF3100100 .257
Joe Randa, 3B4120000 .304
Austin Kearns, RF3011001 .218
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .000
   a- William Bergolla, PH1000000 .000
    Danny Graves, P0000000 .000
Javier Valentin, C1101101 .240
Brandon Claussen, P0000100 .000
    Todd Coffey, P1000010 .000
    Ricky Stone, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Freel, RF0100100 .319
a-grounded out for Wagner in the 8th
2B - Felipe Lopez (6, Lawrence), Sean Casey 2 (10, Lawrence, Reyes), Austin Kearns (4, Lawrence)
SF - Javier Valentin (1)
RBI - Sean Casey 3 (14), Austin Kearns (15), Javier Valentin (3)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey 3 (8)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Ken Griffey Jr. 1
DP - Randa-Jimenez-Casey, F. Lopez-Jimenez-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen 3.1300120 4.71
Todd Coffey (W,1-0) 2311011 9.00
Ricky Stone (H,1) 0.2100000 6.75
David Weathers (H,2) 0.2200000 5.68
Ryan Wagner (H,9) 1.1100010 4.82
Danny Graves 1200010 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 65-41, Todd Coffey 22-14, Ricky Stone 13-9, David Weathers 13-8, Ryan Wagner 16-12, Danny Graves 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 3-5, Todd Coffey 1-2, Ricky Stone 1-0, David Weathers 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 14, Todd Coffey 7, Ricky Stone 2, David Weathers 4, Ryan Wagner 5, Danny Graves 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15262
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman