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Heisey's four RBI lead Reds romp over Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- A Homer and three homers carried the Cincinnati Reds to the cusp of their first postseason berth since 1995.

Homer Bailey helped shut down the Padres while Chris Heisey homered and hit a three-run double, leading the Reds to a 12-2 romp over San Diego on Sunday that reduced their magic number to one for winning the NL Central.

Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds, denied a chance to clinch the division title Sunday when the St. Louis Cardinals held on to win 8-7 at the Chicago Cubs. Cincinnati is off Monday and then opens a three-game series at home Tuesday night against Houston. The Cardinals play Pittsburgh on Monday.

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"It would have been nice to clinch here so we can tear this clubhouse up, but hopefully we just clinch it at home and just get it over with," Phillips said. "It doesn't really matter where, as long as it happens."

San Diego's loss ensured a playoff spot for the Philadelphia Phillies, who need one win or an Atlanta defeat to wrap up the NL East crown.

The Padres dropped a half-game behind the first-place San Francisco Giants in the NL West, and took a half-game lead over the Braves in the wild-card race.

It's the seventh time since Sept. 16 that the Giants and Padres have flip-flopped atop the division. The Giants won 4-2 at Colorado. The Padres and Giants will play a season-ending weekend series at San Francisco.

The Reds snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the eighth time in 21 games.

Bailey (4-3) combined with two relievers on a six-hitter. He allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. The Reds have won eight of Bailey's nine starts since he came off the disabled list on Aug. 15. Still, this was only his third win during that stretch.

"I think everybody knew it was a big game and I think everybody stepped up," Bailey said. "Our defense was excellent, as usual. The bats really showed up. This is a mark of this team. If we know it's a big game, we're going to go out there and play. Especially if St. Louis would have lost and we won, we would have clinched. I think that's why the bats were live, that's why our pitching did well."

Adrian Gonzalez hit his 30th homer for the Padres, a leadoff shot down the right-field line in the second, and finished with three hits. It is his fourth 30-homer season, extending his club record. He hit a career-high 40 last year. Yorvit Torrealba also homered for San Diego in the second, his seventh.

"He was getting strike one. After that inning, he was almost unhittable," Reds manager Dusty Baker said about Bailey. "Tonight was a great night for us because our offense came alive. We were hoping to celebrate here. We were all pulling for the Cubs to come back. It wasn't there. Maybe it's better to do it at home in front of the home people."

Padres manager Bud Black said heading into the final week of the season with a chance to reach the playoffs "is fantastic. Anybody who's in uniform relishes this."

Torrealba said the Padres' chances of making the playoffs are "300 percent. I am a positive guy."

Votto hit a two-out, opposite-field shot to left field off lefty Clayton Richard in the first, his 37th. He added a two-run single in the six-run eighth.

Six Padres pitchers combined to walk nine, with five of those runners scoring.

Heisey had the big blow in the fourth. Richard loaded the bases by walking Votto leading off the inning, allowing a one-out double by Jonny Gomes and intentionally walking Phillips. Heisey then hit a hard grounder down the line past third baseman Chase Headley to clear the bases and give the Reds a 4-2 lead.

"I was falling behind hitters," Richard said. "Once that happens, usually bad things occur. They are too good of a ballclub to do that to. Things kind of got out of hand in the fourth with the leadoff walk."

With Gomes aboard on a leadoff walk in the sixth, Phillips homered off the right-field foul pole to increase the lead to 6-2 and chase Richard. It was his 17th.

Heisey homered to left off Edward Mujica leading off the eighth, his eighth. He finished with a career-high four RBIs. Votto hit a two-run single, Scott Rolen an RBI single and two runs scored on throwing errors by pitchers Adam Russell and Cory Luebke.

Richard (13-9) allowed six runs and five hits in five innings, struck out five and walked four.

Notes

  • Votto's HR was the first allowed by Richard to a lefty since his first start with San Diego on Aug. 1, 2009, when Milwaukee's Prince Fielder went deep. He's allowed only five homers to lefties in his career.
  • Reds SS Orlando Cabrera left in the fourth with a sore left side. He was replaced by Paul Janish.
  • Gonzalez's 30-homer season is the 17th in franchise history.
  • The crowd of 26,131 gave the Padres a season total of 2,023,440. It was the 16th time in 42 seasons the Padres have surpassed 2 million.
 
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The Reds' Chris Heisey fails to score past the tag of San Diego Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba. (AP)
The Reds' Chris Heisey fails to score past the tag of San Diego Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba. (AP)

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Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

C. Heisey
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF5110123 .251
Orlando Cabrera, SS2000001 .262
    Paul Janish, SS3100122 .267
Joey Votto, 1B4323110 .326
    Miguel Cairo, 1B0000100 .289
Scott Rolen, 3B5011001 .288
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Leake, PH1000011 .333
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Jonny Gomes, LF3220100 .266
    Willie Bloomquist, LF1000001 .263
Brandon Phillips, 2B3212121 .270
   b- Chris Valaika, PH-2B0000100 .290
Chris Heisey, RF5124010 .251
Ryan Hanigan, C3130100 .292
   c- Corky Miller, PH-C1000013 .250
Homer Bailey, P2000001 .194
   d- Juan Francisco, PH-3B1100113 .255
Totals39121210911  
a-struck out for Ondrusek in the 9th
b-walked for B. Phillips in the 8th
c-struck out for Hanigan in the 8th
d-walked for Bailey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (24, Richard), Chris Heisey (10, Richard), Ryan Hanigan (10, Richard)
HR - Joey Votto (37, Richard), Brandon Phillips (17, Richard), Chris Heisey (8, Mujica)
SH - Homer Bailey (4)
RBI - Joey Votto 3 (111), Scott Rolen (83), Brandon Phillips 2 (54), Chris Heisey 4 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (39)
SB - Jonny Gomes (4, 2nd base off Mujica/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cabrera-Votto, Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (W,4-3) 7522162 4.59
Logan Ondrusek 1000020 3.83
Francisco Cordero 1100010 4.06
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 113-76, Logan Ondrusek 8-7, Francisco Cordero 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 8-5, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 25, Logan Ondrusek 3, Francisco Cordero 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF3010000 .253
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-CF1000010 .206
David Eckstein, 2B2000101 .269
    Oscar Salazar, 2B1000000 .240
Miguel Tejada, SS3010002 .272
    Everth Cabrera, SS1000010 .208
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3121011 .303
    Mike Baxter, 1B1010000 .143
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000012 .259
    Cory Luebke, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Durango, PH1000001 .255
Yorvit Torrealba, C3111011 .279
    Chris Stewart, C0000000 .000
Chase Headley, 3B3000010 .261
Chris Denorfia, LF3000010 .264
Clayton Richard, P2000010 .136
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Adam Russell, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Cunningham, RF1000010 .294
Totals3126219  
a-struck out for Venable in the 8th
b-grounded out for Luebke in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (30, Bailey), Yorvit Torrealba (7, Bailey)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (98), Yorvit Torrealba (36)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (7)
E - Cory Luebke (2, Throwing), Adam Russell (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (L,13-9) 5566452 3.71
Ernesto Frieri 1100120 1.82
Cesar Ramos 0.1000000 11.88
Edward Mujica 0.2322011 3.67
Adam Russell0343200 4.02
Cory Luebke 2000230 4.08
IBB - B. Phillips by Clayton Richard
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 81-43, Ernesto Frieri 21-12, Cesar Ramos 2-2, Edward Mujica 28-19, Adam Russell 21-10, Cory Luebke 47-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 4-6, Edward Mujica 1-0, Cory Luebke 3-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 24, Ernesto Frieri 5, Cesar Ramos 1, Edward Mujica 5, Adam Russell 5, Cory Luebke 9
Game Information
Attendance - 26131
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings