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Padres get to Chapman with two outs in 9th, beat Reds wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- As the shadows and sun created tough conditions at Petco Park, the San Diego Padres found another way to win yet another close game.

Chris Denorfia doubled in the winning run off hard-throwing rookie Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday, giving the Padres their second straight 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

The Reds' magic number for clinching the NL Central was trimmed to two before the first pitch when the St. Louis Cardinals lost 7-3 at the Chicago Cubs. The Reds have lost 13 of 20 as they close in on their first playoff berth since 1995.

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"To be able to come up big in those first two games, you don't know what it does to them mentally if we do play them in the playoffs," Padres starter Jon Garland said. "It's just big to start the homestand and get us off to a good start."

Denorfia's hard grounder off Chapman (1-2) went down the line, skipping past the glove of third baseman Scott Rolen and scoring Chase Headley from first. Left fielder Jonny Gomes made a sliding stop in foul territory before it got to the wall, but Headley beat the throw home.

"I've been trying to stay ready and do the best I can for our situation," said Denorfia, a late-inning defensive replacement. His playing time in the outfield has diminished because Will Venable's been hitting so well.

"I know what we're playing for and there's got to be guys in the lineup producing results. It's been tough but I'm doing my best to hang in there and contribute when I can."

Chapman wasn't throwing as hard as he was Friday night, when all 25 of his pitches were clocked at 100 mph or faster, including one at 105.

"When I got up there I tried to simplify my approach the best I could and key in on that fastball and really try to get the barrel on it and that was it," said Denorfia, who made his major league debut with Cincinnati in 2005.

Rolen didn't get to the ball in time.

"He's a brick wall over there," Denorfia said. "Nothing really gets by him. You see him standing there and it just seems like he covers from the third-base line to shortstop. I think the shadows might have helped out a little bit but it's always good to be a little lucky too."

Reds manager Dusty Baker said it was tough for Rolen to see.

"He's old," Rolen countered. "I was in the right position, the right spot. I need to knock the ball down. I needed to come up with something. I just didn't make the play.

"I get to field a ground ball, he gets to try and hit a 100-something" pitch," Rolen said of Denorfia. "Give him some credit."

The pattern of sun and shadows at Petco Park "changes pretty drastically every inning," said Headley, the Padres' third baseman. "It's not easy, and it gets worse later in the season, in September."

Heath Bell (6-0) pitched the ninth for the win.

Miguel Tejada, who hit a go-ahead, two-run single in Friday night's win, hurt his groin while batting in the eighth. Trainer Todd Hutcheson and manager Bud Black came out to check on him with a 1-1 count. Tejada singled to left, then was lifted for pinch-runner Everth Cabrera three pitches into Adrian Gonzalez's at-bat.

Black said the team will know more in 24 hours, but Tejada said he expects to play in the series finale Sunday afternoon.

The Reds left the bases loaded in the fourth, when Garland got Orlando Cabrera to ground out, and in the eighth, when left-hander Joe Thatcher came on for Mike Adams and got pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo to pop up to first baseman Gonzalez on his second pitch.

Reds star Joey Votto returned from a sinus infection that cost him three starts and hit his 36th homer, plus an RBI single. Cincinnati starter Travis Wood doubled and had a run-scoring infield hit.

Drew Stubbs opened the game with a single to left off Garland, stole second and scored on Votto's single to right.

San Diego pushed across two runs in the second and another in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Headley had an RBI single, Nick Hundley added a sacrifice fly and Venable led off the third with his 13th homer.

The Reds got those runs back during the next two innings. Wood had an RBI infield single in the fourth and Votto homered to right on Garland's first pitch of the fifth.

Garland, who had lost his last three home starts, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Wood went seven innings, yielding six hits and walking one.


  • Reds OF Jonny Gomes singled with one out in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 10, tying his career high. He also had a 10-game streak April 30-June 22, 2005, while with Tampa Bay.
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Chase Headley slides for the game-winning run on the hit by Chris Denorfia. (US Presswire)
Chase Headley slides for the game-winning run on the hit by Chris Denorfia. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Denorfia
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0

J. Votto
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF4120101 .251
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000005 .263
Joey Votto, 1B3122210 .325
Scott Rolen, 3B5000014 .289
Jonny Gomes, LF5010022 .264
Jay Bruce, RF3010100 .275
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110003 .270
Ramon Hernandez, C3010101 .300
Travis Wood, P3021000 .200
   a- Yonder Alonso, PH0000000 .211
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1000003 .289
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
a-announced for Wood in the 8th
b-popped out for Alonso in the 8th
2B - Brandon Phillips (33, Garland), Travis Wood (2, Garland)
HR - Joey Votto (36, Garland)
SH - Orlando Cabrera (5)
RBI - Joey Votto 2 (108), Travis Wood (3)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Wood (3)
SB - Drew Stubbs (26, 2nd base off Garland/Hundley), Joey Votto (16, 2nd base off Bell/Hundley)
Team LOB - 11
E - Ramon Hernandez (4, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Travis Wood 7633151 3.46
Nick Masset 1100010 3.53
Aroldis Chapman (L,1-2) 0.2111110 2.61
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 102-70, Nick Masset 14-10, Aroldis Chapman 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 7-9
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 28, Nick Masset 4, Aroldis Chapman 4
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, CF4111002 .252
David Eckstein, 2B4000011 .271
Miguel Tejada, SS4010010 .272
    Everth Cabrera, PR-SS0000000 .209
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000001 .301
Ryan Ludwick, RF3110111 .261
Oscar Salazar, LF3110001 .242
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Durango, PH1000010 .261
Chase Headley, 3B3111120 .262
Nick Hundley, C3011001 .250
Jon Garland, P1000011 .218
    Chris Denorfia, LF2021000 .267
a-struck out for Bell in the 9th
2B - Oscar Salazar (4, Wood), Chris Denorfia 2 (15, Wood, Chapman)
HR - Will Venable (13, Wood)
SF - Nick Hundley (6)
SH - Jon Garland (6)
RBI - Will Venable (51), Chase Headley (57), Nick Hundley (41), Chris Denorfia (36)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Denorfia (7)
SB - Everth Cabrera (9, 3rd base off Masset/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Tejada-Eckstein-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Jon Garland 6733331 3.58
Luke Gregerson 1000010 3.33
Mike Adams 0.2200100 1.74
Joe Thatcher 0.1000000 1.31
Heath Bell (W,6-0) 1100100 1.78
IBB - Votto by Jon Garland, Votto by Heath Bell
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 96-60, Luke Gregerson 10-7, Mike Adams 23-15, Joe Thatcher 2-1, Heath Bell 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 10-4, Mike Adams 1-1, Heath Bell 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 5, Joe Thatcher 1, Heath Bell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35124
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Kerwin Danley