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SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Joey Votto and Bronson Arroyo helped Chris Speier go undefeated through his two-game run as acting manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Votto hit his 10th homer, a three-run shot, and finished with four RBI to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Other than allowing Paul McAnulty's two-run triple in the fourth, Arroyo (3-4) held the last-place Padres in check as they tumbled to their 14th loss in 20 games. He struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits, with just one walk.
It was the second straight win for the Reds and Speier, who was filling in for manager Dusty Baker. Baker finished serving his two-game suspension for bumping umpire Eric Cooper after he was ejected in the series opener on Thursday night.
"It's been fun. The guys played hard," Speier said. "Two W's is two W's."
Brandon Phillips had a single, double, and triple. The Reds stranded 14 runners, including leaving the bases loaded twice.
The Padres struck out 13 times, giving them 39 in three games, pushing their big league lead to 402. They struck out 17 times Friday night. Five Padres pitchers issued 11 walks and hit one batter.
The Reds worked over Padres starter Wil Ledezma (0-2), who lasted only three innings and allowed five runs on five hits. Ledezma was making his second straight start in place of ace Jake Peavy, who went on the disabled list on Tuesday with a swollen right elbow.
Votto homered to straightaway center with one out in the second for a 3-0 lead. Phillips was aboard on a leadoff triple and Adam Dunn -- whose homer off Trevor Hoffman gave the Reds a 3-2 win Friday night -- reached after getting hit by a pitch from Ledezma.
"That was huge," Speier said. "We've been scuffling to score runs, so to get that kind cushion going right out of the chute, then to add two more, was good."
Said Votto: "I'm just going to go with it and hopefully come through in clutch situations and help us win."
Ledezma said he tried to throw a fastball away, "but I couldn't control my fastball there."
The Reds added on in the third when they loaded the bases with no outs ahead of Jerry Hairston Jr., who hit a sacrifice fly. Cincinnati pushed across another run when the Padres couldn't turn a double play on Votto's grounder to shortstop.
Paul Janish hit a bases-loaded, two-run single in the ninth.
The Padres broke through against Arroyo in the fourth when Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff singled with one out, and scored on McAnulty's first career triple, into the gap in right-center.
"His command was excellent," Speier said of Arroyo. "He had them all off balance."
"The guy has had some effectiveness in his career," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He threw a lot of off-speed pitches, changed speeds, kept us off balance."
Black said the Padres' strikeout rate "is a little high. We have to make better contact. We obviously have to put the bat on the ball in situations where it is warranted. We have to do a better job of that."
Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last four starts after going 1-4 with an 8.63 ERA in his first seven starts.
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|Ryan Freel, 3B||4||0||2||0||2||0||0||.319|
|Paul Janish, SS||5||0||1||2||1||1||5||.286|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||5||1||1||0||1||1||3||.246|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||2||3||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Adam Dunn, LF||2||1||0||0||2||2||0||.245|
|Corey Patterson, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.213|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., CF-LF||3||1||1||1||1||2||5||.317|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||1||4||1||0||1||.262|
|David Ross, C||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.290|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.111|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Javier Valentin, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.235|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Weathers in the 9th|
|2B - Brandon Phillips (12, Adams)|
|3B - Brandon Phillips (4, Ledezma)|
|HR - Joey Votto (10, Ledezma)|
|SF - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1)|
|SH - Bronson Arroyo (3)|
|RBI - Paul Janish 2 (3), Jerry Hairston Jr. (7), Joey Votto 4 (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Janish 2 (3)|
|SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (6, 2nd base off Banks/Carlin, 3rd base off Banks/Carlin), Joey Votto (2, 2nd base off Banks/Carlin)|
|E - Francisco Cordero (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Bronson Arroyo (W,3-4)||6.1||7||2||2||1||9||0||5.68|
|Bill Bray (H,2)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||4.66|
|David Weathers (H,4)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 107-69, Bill Bray 19-11, Francisco Cordero 28-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-5, David Weathers 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Bill Bray 4, David Weathers 1, Francisco Cordero 5|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jody Gerut, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.200|
|a- Scott Hairston, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||4||.233|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.258|
|Brian Giles, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.275|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.274|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.225|
|Paul McAnulty, LF||3||0||1||2||1||0||1||.200|
|Luke Carlin, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.167|
|Wil Ledezma, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Banks, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Justin Huber, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.184|
|Mike Adams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jared Wells, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Tony Clark, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Shawn Estes, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Sean Henn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Edgar Gonzalez, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-struck out for Gerut in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Banks in the 5th|
|c-singled for J. Wells in the 7th|
|d-singled for Henn in the 9th|
|3B - Paul McAnulty (1, Arroyo)|
|RBI - Paul McAnulty 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul McAnulty 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Greene-Gonzalez, Greene-Iguchi-Gonzalez|
|San Diego Padres|
|Wil Ledezma (L,0-2)||3||5||5||5||2||2||1||4.65|
|IBB - Ross by Josh Banks, Dunn by Mike Adams|
|HBP - Dunn (by Wil Ledezma)|
|WP - Sean Henn (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wil Ledezma 78-47, Josh Banks 39-20, Mike Adams 23-12, Jared Wells 21-11, Sean Henn 55-27|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wil Ledezma 3-4, Josh Banks 3-0, Mike Adams 2-0, Jared Wells 1-2, Sean Henn 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Wil Ledezma 17, Josh Banks 10, Mike Adams 6, Jared Wells 5, Sean Henn 10|
|Attendance - 27499|
|Game Time - 3:31|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|