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Headley's HR off Chapman in ninth sends Padres past Reds

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CINCINNATI -- With the ball coming at nearly 100 mph, Chase Headley was merely trying to get the bat to meet it. Once that happened, the rest was automatic.

Headley hit a home run in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman, the first hit the hard-throwing lefty allowed since his return from being hit in the head by a line drive, and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Padres got their season-high fourth straight win despite managing only three hits. Seth Smith had the only two hits that Mike Leake allowed in the first eight innings.

Headley connected on a 99 mph fastball from Chapman (0-1), who was making his second appearance since undergoing surgery after being struck in the forehead during a spring training game. He had a plate inserted above his left eye and nose.

"He's a guy that's throwing with tremendous velocity," Headley said. "So you can't try to do too much. You just try to get the barrel to it. He's one of those guys that if you're able to get the barrel to it, he really supplies some power for you."

His fourth home run made the difference and provided another indication that he has fully recovered from a strained right calf that sidelined him for much of spring training and landed him on the disabled list on April 25. He returned last Saturday and hit a three-run homer.

"I don't think he was quite hitting on all cylinders when the season started," manager Bud Black said.

Joaquin Benoit (1-0) allowed a walk in the eighth. Huston Street got the last three outs for his 12th save in as many chances. Street hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 innings.

Smith was the NL's most recent player of the week and extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high. He's 19 for 34 during the streak.

The rest of San Diego's lowly offense didn't do much until Headley connected with two outs in the top of the ninth. The Padres came in last in the league in batting average and scoring.

Brandon Phillips had three of Cincinnati's seven hits, including an RBI single in the first inning. Cincinnati has 12 one-run losses, most in the majors.

"Those are what we're most upset about," Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. "We know we're better than that. Our starters are doing a tremendous job giving us a chance. Leake gave us more than we asked for. We couldn't hit for him today."

The Padres activated Carlos Quentin off the disabled list for the start of the series, moving their lineup closer to full strength. The outfielder missed the first 39 games with a bruised left knee. He went 3 for 18 during a minor league rehab stint and was 0 for 3 with a walk in his return.

Andrew Cashner got a no-decision despite allowing only one run over seven innings, a common theme to his season. The right-hander has pitched well, but gotten little support from his offense.

The Padres have scored only one run in the last 25 innings while he has been on the mound. They managed only one Tuesday night. Cashner gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out six.

Cashner pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the sixth by getting Chris Heisey to hit into a forceout at home and Zack Cozart to pop out.

"That changed the game," Cashner said.

Smith doubled in the fourth and scored on Jedd Gyorko's sacrifice fly that tied it at 1. The right fielder also prevented the Reds from putting together a big inning in the first.

Billy Hamilton led off with a triple and scored on Phillips' single. Joey Votto followed with a single to right, but Smith threw him out as he tried for second on the play.

Todd Frazier extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest by a Red this season.

Notes

The Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso. They optioned utility player Kyle Blanks to El Paso and put RHP Dale Thayer on paternity leave. ... Ian Kennedy (2-4) faces Johnny Cueto (3-2) in the second game of the series. Kennedy is 3-0 career against Cincinnati. Cueto leads the NL with a 1.43 ERA. ... C Devin Mesoraco (hamstring) and LHP Tony Cingranci (shoulder) could be activated during the Reds' upcoming trip. RHP Mat Latos, sidelined all season by knee surgery and a sore forearm, isn't expected back until the first week of June. ... The Reds haven't made an error in their past eight games, a season high. They have only 12 errors, fewest in the majors.

 
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Chase Headley circles the bases after connecting off Aroldis Chapman to put the Padres ahead in the ninth inning.  (Getty Images)
Chase Headley circles the bases after connecting off Aroldis Chapman to put the Padres ahead in the ninth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

M. Leake
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
San Diego

A. Cashner
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF-RF4000000 .188
Everth Cabrera, SS4000010 .252
Seth Smith, RF-LF4120010 .336
Carlos Quentin, LF3000111 .000
   Cameron Maybin, CF0000000 .341
Chase Headley, 3B3111002 .200
Jedd Gyorko, 2B1001100 .161
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000002 .195
Rene Rivera, C3000011 .250
Andrew Cashner, P2000020 .143
   a-Yasmani Grandal, PH1000010 .216
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals2823227  
a-struck out for Cashner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (12, Leake)
HR - Chase Headley (4, Chapman)
SF - Jedd Gyorko (3)
RBI - Chase Headley (11), Jedd Gyorko (20)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (7)
CS - Jedd Gyorko (1, 2nd base by Chapman/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Seth Smith 1
E - Rene Rivera (3, Interference)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner 7711160 2.67
Joaquin Benoit (W,1-0) 1000100 2.41
Huston Street (S,12) 1000020 0.53
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 96-68, Joaquin Benoit 18-10, Huston Street 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 9-5, Joaquin Benoit 2-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 29, Joaquin Benoit 4, Huston Street 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF4110000 .260
Brayan Pena, C4000021 .274
Brandon Phillips, 2B4031000 .285
Joey Votto, 1B2010201 .262
Todd Frazier, 3B4010003 .265
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000012 .262
   Roger Bernadina, LF0000000 .125
Chris Heisey, RF4000004 .221
Zack Cozart, SS4010014 .190
Mike Leake, P3000031 .158
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   a-Skip Schumaker, PH1000010 .240
Totals3317128  
a-struck out for Chapman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (10, Cashner), Todd Frazier (11, Cashner)
3B - Billy Hamilton (3, Cashner)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (9)
Team LOB - 8
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 8211150 3.09
Aroldis Chapman (L,0-1) 1111121 4.50
HBP - Headley (by Mike Leake)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 107-70, Aroldis Chapman 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 11-8
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 29, Aroldis Chapman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23269
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Toby Basner, Third Base - Larry Vanover