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Gonzalez homers again, leads Padres to eighth straight win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Dusty Baker is fed up -- and apparently, he let his players know it.

Baker spoke with the Cincinnati Reds after they made three baserunning blunders and outfielder Drew Stubbs lost track of the number of outs in a 5-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

But he did not participate in his usual postgame session with the media.

"Dusty's upset, and rightfully so," third baseman Scott Rolen said when told Baker didn't talk with reporters after the Reds had a season-low four hits while being shut out for the first time this season.

"He's not happy with what's going on on the field. We're not either," Rolen said.

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second straight day, Wade LeBlanc pitched three-hit ball over six innings and the Padres won their eighth straight.

Will Venable also connected and Yorvit Torrealba added a two-run double to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in 10 games.

LeBlanc (1-0), making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 18, walked two and struck out three.

"He mixed his pitches up," said Rolen, who went 0 for 3. "That's what he set out to do and he accomplished it."

"Wade threw really well," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "He mixed his pitches properly and effectively."

Luke Gregerson retired all six batters he faced and Edward Mujica allowed a hit in the ninth to finish the Padres' third shutout of the season.

LeBlanc retired Cincinnati's first eight batters before Johnny Cueto popped up a bunt that fell between the mound and first base for a hit. Drew Stubbs followed with an infield single, but Cueto -- anticipating an out -- wandered off second base and was tagged out.

That was the first of three Reds to make baserunning errors. Brandon Phillips ended the fourth inning and Jonny Gomes the fifth by being caught stealing, LeBlanc to first baseman Gonzalez to second baseman David Eckstein.

"I don't usually have a good pickoff move," LeBlanc said. "That was good strategy from the coaching staff. They made the calls from the bench."

Stubbs, Cincinnati's center fielder, caught Kyle Blanks' routine fly ball and threw it into the stands, even though it was only the second out of the sixth inning. Nobody was on base at the time.

The usual postgame 10-minute closed clubhouse period lasted an extra three minutes and a member of the team's media relations department who usually is immediately allowed into the clubhouse waited in the lobby.

"We haven't played good baseball the last couple of days," Rolen said. "It's time for us to start taking care of ourselves. We're trying. It just didn't look that way today."

Cueto (0-1) lasted six innings and picked up his first decision in four starts. The Padres reached him for seven hits and five runs. He walked one and struck out five.

The Padres winning streak is their longest since winning 10 in a row last May 15-25.

Gonzalez gave San Diego a 1-0 lead with an opposite-field homer to left-center on an 0-1 pitch with two outs in the first inning, his fifth of the season and fifth in San Diego's last six games against the Reds, all at Cincinnati and dating back to last season.

"Gonzalez has good power to the opposite field," Black said. "We've seen it at home and on the road."

Chase Headley doubled and Venable walked to lead off the fourth inning. One out later, Torrealba lined a double into the left-center field gap for a 3-0 lead.

Venable followed Chase Headley's single with his fourth homer of the season, a 405-foot shot into the right field seats on a 2-2 pitch in the sixth. Venable improved to 4 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in his career against Cueto.

Notes

  • Gonzalez tied Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr. for fourth place on San Diego's career home run list with 135. Dave Winfield, also in the Hall of Fame, is third with 154.
  • Padres RHP Chris Young, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday in Florida. He reported no problems after a four-inning simulated game in the bullpen before Friday's game. Young is eligible to be activated.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez's second homer in as many days helps the Padres keep up their winning ways.  (AP)
Adrian Gonzalez's second homer in as many days helps the Padres keep up their winning ways. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

W. LeBlanc
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
 
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS2000010 .222
    Jerry Hairston Jr., SS1000000 .222
David Eckstein, 2B4000001 .236
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4111000 .322
Chase Headley, 3B4230000 .379
Will Venable, RF3212111 .259
Kyle Blanks, LF4000031 .196
Yorvit Torrealba, C4012000 .227
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3010001 .189
Wade LeBlanc, P2000011 .333
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals3257516  
a-grounded out for LeBlanc in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (6, Cueto), Yorvit Torrealba (1, Cueto)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (5, Cueto), Will Venable (4, Cueto)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (12), Will Venable 2 (11), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (4)
CS - Everth Cabrera (2, 2nd base by Cueto/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 2
San Diego Padres
Wade LeBlanc (W,1-0) 6300230 0.82
Luke Gregerson 2000030 3.00
Edward Mujica 1100010 2.38
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 89-52, Luke Gregerson 23-16, Edward Mujica 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 6-6, Edward Mujica 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 20, Luke Gregerson 6, Edward Mujica 4
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF4010023 .170
Paul Janish, SS4000002 .353
Joey Votto, 1B4000021 .290
Brandon Phillips, 2B2000100 .217
Scott Rolen, 3B3000010 .260
Jonny Gomes, LF2000100 .213
Jay Bruce, RF3000011 .180
Ramon Hernandez, C3010010 .222
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
Johnny Cueto, P1010000 .200
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH1000001 .244
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Hanigan, C1010000 .462
Totals2804027  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Cueto in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ryan Hanigan (3, Mujica)
CS - Brandon Phillips (3, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Torrealba), Jonny Gomes (1, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips
Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto (L,0-1) 6755152 5.73
Danny Herrera 2000000 1.50
Mike Lincoln 1000010 4.00
HBP - Cabrera (by Johnny Cueto)
WP - Johnny Cueto (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 88-59, Danny Herrera 26-17, Mike Lincoln 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 3-8, Danny Herrera 3-3, Mike Lincoln 2-0
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 25, Danny Herrera 6, Mike Lincoln 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19999
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Angel Campos