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Padres edge Reds to take lead in NL wild-card chase

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SAN DIEGO -- The spotlight was shining on Miguel Tejada and the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

Tejada hit a go-ahead, two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning and the Padres beat Cincinnati 4-3 to take the NL wild-card lead and keep the Reds' magic number at three for clinching the NL Central.

The 36-year-old Tejada worked the count full against Nick Masset before singling past diving shortstop Orlando Cabrera to bring in Chase Headley and Will Venable. Tejada pumped his fist the entire way to first base, gave an emphatic high-five to coach Rick Renteria and then did the "spotlight," where he raises his right hand over his head and pretends to shine a light on his teammates in the dugout.

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His teammates gave the spotlight right back.

"Absolutely," said Chris Young, who made his second start in his return from a strained shoulder. "He deserves it. He's earned it. He's out there on base, he's made it happen. It shows what a team player he is, too. He's trying to deflect the attention to the guys in the dugout. He's awesome."

Tejada was as animated as he's been since coming over from the Baltimore Orioles on July 30.

"When you do something good for your team, it's got to be exciting," said Tejada, who has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. "I'm really excited because it's the lead. We have only nine games left. We saw San Francisco win earlier, and to come through in that moment was really good for me, and to see all my teammates jumping around is good."

Tejada had three RBI for the Padres, who took a half-game lead over Atlanta in the wild-card race and remained a half game behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

Cincinnati still needs a combination of three wins or three St. Louis Cardinals losses to clinch its first playoff berth since 1995. Joey Votto missed his third straight start due to a sinus infection. He struck out in the ninth as a pinch-hitter.

The Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1. The Giants beat Colorado 2-1 and the Braves lost 8-3 to Washington.

Headley started the winning rally with a one-out single to right against Arthur Rhodes (4-4). Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley walked and was forced on Venable's grounder. Masset came on and walked David Eckstein to load the bases and bring up Tejada.

"That's a great at-bat," Tejada said. "I got the chance to get to 3-2, and be able to get one pitch to hit."

Tejada "is an emotional player," manager Bud Black said. "He's passionate about playing. Loves to play. Like a lot of great players, they thrive on those situations. When the stakes are high, he gives you a very good at-bat."

Said Reds manager Dusty Baker: "With two walks, that really hurt, especially when you have a dangerous hitter, a clutch hitter, like Miguel Tejada up there. It was a situation where Tejada got the best of us there."

After Tejada's hit, rookie Aroldis Chapman came on and struck out Adrian Gonzalez on fastballs clocked at 101, 102 and 103 mph to end the inning. All 25 of Chapman's pitches were 100 mph or faster, topping out at 105 mph.

Luke Gregerson (4-7) retired four batters for the win. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 44th save in 47 chances, and his 31st straight.

"These guys are fighting tooth and nail to try and get into the playoffs," Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo said about the Padres. "They have a little more pressure on them than we do on our end. It definitely was a playoff-type atmosphere tonight."

Young got his second straight no-decision in his return from a strained shoulder that kept him out from April 12 until last Saturday. He allowed one run and three hits in five innings, struck out one and walked three.

Young allowed Drew Stubbs' homer off the facade of the second deck in left field with one out in the second to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. It was his 21st.

Arroyo retired the first nine Padres batters before Venable singled up the middle leading off the fourth. He stole second and scored on Tejada's single to left to tie it at 1.

The Padres went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Matt Stairs hit a leadoff single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Baxter, who was pinch-hitting for Young.

That lead didn't last long, though, as the Reds scored two unearned runs in the sixth by cobbling together three singles -- two of which didn't leave the infield -- and an error by first baseman Gonzalez.

Arroyo allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, struck out three and walked none.

Notes

  • Cincinnati has lost 10 of its last 13 at San Diego, including five in a row.
  • It was Young's first home start since June 3, 2009.
  • Venable had two hits, his sixth multihit game in his last seven.
 
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Miguel Tejada drives in three of the Padres' four runs to ignite their offense.  (AP)
Miguel Tejada drives in three of the Padres' four runs to ignite their offense. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000104 .270
Orlando Cabrera, SS5010011 .265
Jay Bruce, RF4010011 .275
Scott Rolen, 3B4110012 .292
Jonny Gomes, LF4110002 .264
Ramon Hernandez, 1B4011001 .300
Drew Stubbs, CF3111112 .249
Ryan Hanigan, C3010102 .281
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0000000 .264
Bronson Arroyo, P1000000 .138
   a- Juan Francisco, PH0000000 .261
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1011000 .291
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   c- Joey Votto, PH1000011 .323
Totals3438335  
a-announced for Arroyo in the 6th
b-singled for Francisco in the 6th
c-struck out for Chapman in the 9th
Batting
HR - Drew Stubbs (21, C. Young)
SH - Bronson Arroyo (6)
RBI - Ramon Hernandez (48), Drew Stubbs (73), Miguel Cairo (28)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo (12)
Team LOB - 8
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo 5522030 3.97
Logan Ondrusek (H,6) 1.1000100 3.90
Arthur Rhodes (H,25; L,4-4) 0.1122100 2.38
Nick Masset (BS,3)0100100 3.58
Aroldis Chapman 1.1000120 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 70-46, Logan Ondrusek 25-15, Arthur Rhodes 12-5, Nick Masset 11-4, Aroldis Chapman 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 4-8, Logan Ondrusek 3-1, Arthur Rhodes 1-0, Aroldis Chapman 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 20, Logan Ondrusek 5, Arthur Rhodes 3, Nick Masset 2, Aroldis Chapman 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF-LF^RF4220001 .252
David Eckstein, 2B3000103 .273
Miguel Tejada, SS4023000 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000013 .303
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000111 .260
    Chris Denorfia, LF0000000 .261
Matt Stairs, LF2010000 .231
    Tony Gwynn Jr., PR-CF2100011 .207
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010100 .278
Chase Headley, 3B4110012 .262
Chris Young, P1000010 .000
   a- Mike Baxter, PH0001000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Hundley, PH0000100 .249
    Luis Durango, PR0000000 .267
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3047445  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for C. Young in the 5th
b-walked for Gregerson in the 7th
Batting
SF - Mike Baxter (1)
RBI - Miguel Tejada 3 (70), Mike Baxter (1)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (20)
SB - Will Venable (28, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan), Miguel Tejada (2, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - Adrian Gonzalez (7, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young 5311311 1.20
Ryan Webb (BS,2) 0.2220010 2.86
Joe Thatcher0100000 1.32
Luke Gregerson (W,4-7) 1.1000020 3.38
Mike Adams (H,35) 1100000 1.76
Heath Bell (S,44) 1100010 1.81
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 72-42, Ryan Webb 18-10, Joe Thatcher 6-5, Luke Gregerson 18-12, Mike Adams 9-8, Heath Bell 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-11, Ryan Webb 2-0, Mike Adams 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 21, Ryan Webb 5, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 4, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35310
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor