Cincinnati at San Diego

San Diego
W: R. Wolf (3-4) L: A. Harang (2-6)
HR: CIN - K. Griffey (5)   SD - A. Gonzalez (13), K. Greene (4), K. Kouzmanoff (5), K. Greene (5)

Padres 8, Reds 2 wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- After enduring an awful few days, the San Diego Padres finally found something to feel good about.

Khalil Greene hit two solo home runs, and Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff each hit two-run shots to back starter Randy Wolf in the San Diego Padres' 8-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

The victory comes on the heels of an 11-3 defeat to St. Louis on Wednesday night, when the last-place Padres lost starting pitcher Chris Young and catcher Josh Bard to injuries. Both players were placed on the disabled list before the game and joined NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy, who went on the DL Tuesday with a strained and swollen right elbow.

San Diego, which has the worst record in the majors at 18-31, won for only the sixth time in 18 games.

"It's nice to be able to come back after a symbolically low point," Greene said. "We did a lot of things well."

Wolf was sharp after allowing Ken Griffey Jr. to hit his 598th home run in the first inning. The two-run shot was Griffey's first in 90 at-bats, the second longest homerless drought of his career. Griffey is attempting to become the sixth player in baseball history to reach 600 home runs.

"Everything came together after the home run to Griffey," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I think you saw the command of the breaking ball. After the first inning, he seemed to lock in."

After Griffey's home run, Wolf (3-4) did not allow a baserunner past first. Wolf gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked one.

"I was able to make pitches when I need to," said Wolf, who also had an RBI single. "The first inning wasn't bad except getting behind Griffey and giving up that home run. It's tough to make that mistake early and put us in a hole, but luckily we were able to score some runs."

Griffey moved closer to the home run milestone when he hit a 3-1 fastball off Wolf an estimated 411 feet into the right-field seats with one out after Ryan Freel's leadoff single. Wolf is the 382nd pitcher to allow a home run to Griffey.

Griffey's previous home run came on April 23 in Cincinnati off Houston's Chris Sampson.

"He's swinging the bat pretty good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's getting close to getting his stride together. Now we have to get some other guys to get their strokes together."

Cincinnati lost its fourth straight.

Gonzalez's home run, his 13th, hit the right-field foul pole and put San Diego ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning against Aaron Harang (2-6). Greene hit the first of his two home runs leading off the sixth against Harang.

Kouzmanoff greeted reliever Mike Lincoln with a two-run homer in the seventh and Greene immediately followed with his second to put San Diego up 8-2.

The eight runs were the most the Padres have scored since April 26, a span of 24 games. San Diego scored more than four runs in a game for only the third time in 18 games.

The four home runs were also a season high for the Padres, who last hit four home runs at spacious Petco Park in August. San Diego had not hit more than two home runs in a game this season.

"The offense picked us up," Black said.

Harang allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

"I was rushing on everything," Harang said. "I wasn't executing my pitches and I was leaving them up."

Griffey also became the fourth player to hit at least 300 home runs with one team and 200 with a second. Griffey had 398 home runs for the Seattle Mariners, with whom he played from 1989 to 1999, and has hit 200 home runs with the Reds. Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Jimmie Foxx are the others to accomplish that feat.


Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and manager Dusty Baker were ejected by home plate umpire Eric Cooper in the middle of the seventh inning. Encarnacion had been called out on strikes in the top of the seventh and had words with Cooper. When Encarnacion went out to his position in the middle of the inning, he said something to Cooper, who ejected him. Baker then came out and he was also ejected by Cooper. ... San Diego's Scott Hairston played against his older brother Jerry Hairston Jr. for only the fourth time in their careers. Jerry came into the game after Encarnacion was ejected.

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
San Diego

R. Wolf
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 9

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Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4110010 .314
Paul Janish, SS4000011 .313
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3112100 .253
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000011 .293
Adam Dunn, LF4020000 .245
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000021 .247
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B1000011 .304
Joey Votto, 1B3010010 .261
Paul Bako, C3000021 .267
Aaron Harang, P2000020 .217
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   a- David Ross, PH0000000 .296
   b- Scott Hatteberg, PH1000000 .180
    Josh Fogg, P0000000 .143
a-announced for Lincoln in the 8th
b-flied out for Ross in the 8th
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (5, Wolf)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (22)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Encarnacion-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Paul Bako (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,2-6) 5.11055272 3.50
Bill Bray 1111000 5.19
Mike Lincoln 0.2222022 6.86
Josh Fogg 1100000 8.51
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 103-65, Bill Bray 22-13, Mike Lincoln 14-11, Josh Fogg 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-5, Josh Fogg 2-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Bill Bray 4, Mike Lincoln 4, Josh Fogg 4
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF5010011 .208
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4120102 .258
Brian Giles, RF4111102 .307
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4222022 .278
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4122010 .274
Khalil Greene, SS4222011 .229
Scott Hairston, LF4020010 .236
Luke Carlin, C4110033 .208
Randy Wolf, P3011000 .143
    Mike Adams, P1000000 .000
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (11, Bray), Scott Hairston (6, Harang), Luke Carlin (2, Harang)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (13, Harang), Kevin Kouzmanoff (5, Lincoln), Khalil Greene 2 (5, Harang, Lincoln)
RBI - Brian Giles (20), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (39), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (19), Khalil Greene 2 (21), Randy Wolf (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Giles (8), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (11)
SB - Tadahito Iguchi (7, 3rd base off Harang/Bako)
Team LOB - 7
San Diego Padres
Randy Wolf (W,3-4) 7422191 4.76
Mike Adams 2100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 93-66, Mike Adams 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-6, Mike Adams 1-3
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Mike Adams 7
Game Information
Attendance - 22047
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Derryl Cousins