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Reds rout Padres in prep for division rival

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CINCINNATI -- Todd Frazier and the Cincinnati Reds geared up for their big weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates -- yes, the Pirates -- by pounding the San Diego Padres.

Frazier hit a two-run homer in a six-run second inning and Johnny Cueto overcame a pair of rare long balls to pitch into the eighth inning Thursday, leading the surging Reds to their 13th win in 14 games, 9-4 over the Padres.

"You want to have big innings every game," Frazier said. "We had the big six-run second, and everybody contributed. We batted around."

Scott Rolen had three hits, Frazier had three RBI and Jay Bruce drove in two runs, helping push the Reds to 23 games over .500 (64-41) for the first time since Sept. 4, 2010.

The Reds scored a combined 35 runs while taking three of four from San Diego and have won 20 of 23. They are 14-3 since All-Star first baseman Joey Votto left the lineup with a knee injury that required surgery and have won two straight since star second baseman Brandon Phillips was sidelined with a strained left calf.

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Reds manager Dusty Baker was relieved the offense picked it up.

"We needed it," he said. "[The Padres] scored a lot of runs. They came in here swinging the bats good. You do what you need to do to score at least one more run than them."

Cueto (14-5), who gave up home runs for the first time in more than two months, allowed eight hits and four runs with one walk. He also tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings while winning his career-high fifth consecutive start. He was hurt by leaving a couple of breaking balls up, catcher Ryan Hanigan said.

"He pitched well," Hanigan said. "He wasn't as dominant as he can be, but he did a good job managing the game."

Cincinnati opened a 3½-game lead over idle Pittsburgh in the NL Central heading into a three-game weekend series between the two teams that is scheduled to start Friday.

San Diego catcher Eddy Rodriguez enjoyed a memorable major league debut, hitting a home run in his first plate appearance, but the Padres couldn't avoid their third straight loss and fifth in their last six games.

"It was amazing," Rodriguez said. "It was everything, more than I expected. The goal at the end is to get a `W' but it was a great experience, something that I will remember for the rest of my life."

The Reds chased Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf while sending 12 batters to the plate during a six-hit, six-run second inning. Rolen started it with an infield hit. Frazier followed with his 13th homer and second in three games, a 408-foot drive into the left field seats.

Hanigan added an RBI double and Bruce had a bases-loaded, two-run single. Ohlendorf (3-2) also was called for a run-scoring balk before leaving after just 1 2-3 innings, the shortest outing by a San Diego starter this season.

Rodriguez, a former Reds minor leaguer who also has played in independent leagues, smacked a 1-2 pitch 416 feet into the left field seats for the first home run allowed by Cueto in 80 innings - the longest stretch in the majors this season - over 11 starts since Colorado's Todd Helton homered on May 25 in Cincinnati. The homer was the first by a right-hander allowed by Cueto since Washington's Ryan Zimmerman hit one on Aug. 17, 2011, a span of 169 innings.

Chase Headley cut Cincinnati's lead in half with a two-run single later in the inning, and Cameron Maybin added his sixth homer, a 423-foot solo shot to left with one out in the fourth inning. But the Reds increased their lead to 8-4 on RBI singles by Rolen and Zack Cozart in the bottom of the inning.

San Diego manager Bud Black couldn't complain about the San Diego offense.

"I like the way we swung the bats," he said. "We've got to get to that point that we put pressure on the opposition every inning. That's every team's challenge. I do like the fact that, when we've gotten behind, we do come back. We have to sustain innings to score some runs, but there was the other end. Cueto is 14-5 for a reason."

Notes

  • The two teams combined to scored 52 runs in the four-game series.
  • For the second time in four games, the Padres set a season high for hits and runs allowed in one inning. They gave up five of each in the third inning of Tuesday's game they ended up losing 7-6.
  • San Diego went 3-7 on their fourth road trip of 10 or more games this season. The Padres open a six-game homestand Friday with the first of three against the Mets.
  • Reds RHP Nick Masset was scheduled to pitch an inning for Class-A Dayton during a rehab assignment. Masset has been on the disabled list since spring training with a sprained right shoulder.
 
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Todd Frazier, who drives in three, gets the beatdown started with his second-inning homer as Cincy gears up for the Pirates. (US Presswire)
Todd Frazier, who drives in three, gets the beatdown started with his second-inning homer as Cincy gears up for the Pirates. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Amarista, SS4110000 .269
Will Venable, RF4010010 .246
Chase Headley, 3B4022011 .273
Carlos Quentin, LF3000112 .264
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000023 .264
Logan Forsythe, 2B4010010 .260
Cameron Maybin, CF4111021 .215
Eddy Rodriguez, C3111110 .333
Ross Ohlendorf, P0000000 .000
    Eric Stults, P2110010 .250
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH1000000 .239
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Kotsay, PH1000001 .278
Totals34484210  
a-popped out for Hinshaw in the 7th
b-popped out for Brach in the 9th
Batting
HR - Cameron Maybin (6, Cueto), Eddy Rodriguez (1, Cueto)
RBI - Chase Headley 2 (57), Cameron Maybin (31), Eddy Rodriguez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley 2 (21)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Chase Headley (9, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Ohlendorf (L,3-2) 1.2666331 6.27
Eric Stults 3.1321130 3.11
Alex Hinshaw 1000020 4.32
Brad Brach 2411040 3.73
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 60-37, Eric Stults 52-37, Alex Hinshaw 11-7, Brad Brach 44-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 1-1, Eric Stults 4-4, Alex Hinshaw 1-0, Brad Brach 1-1
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 14, Eric Stults 15, Alex Hinshaw 3, Brad Brach 10
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Xavier Paul, LF5000045 .389
Drew Stubbs, CF4200120 .234
Jay Bruce, RF4222100 .249
Scott Rolen, 3B4131110 .234
Todd Frazier, 1B4113111 .275
Zack Cozart, SS5121014 .242
Miguel Cairo, 2B4120012 .156
Ryan Hanigan, C4121003 .276
Johnny Cueto, P3010022 .114
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
Totals379138412  
Batting
2B - Ryan Hanigan (11, Ohlendorf)
HR - Todd Frazier (13, Ohlendorf)
SH - Johnny Cueto (13)
RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (66), Scott Rolen (25), Todd Frazier 3 (40), Zack Cozart (23), Ryan Hanigan (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (19)
SB - Drew Stubbs (23, 3rd base off Stults/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cozart-Cairo-Frazier
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto (W,14-5) 7.1844192 2.52
Logan Ondrusek 0.2000000 2.90
Jose Arredondo 1000110 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 103-74, Logan Ondrusek 7-5, Jose Arredondo 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 8-4
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 30, Logan Ondrusek 2, Jose Arredondo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22396
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tom Hallion