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Padres belt three home runs, split doubleheader with Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Held to three hits in the opener of a doubleheader, the Padres had a season-high three home runs to gain a split and keep their momentum going.

Rene Rivera hit the first of San Diego's three homers, and Tyson Ross allowed three hits in seven innings Thursday night, leading the Padres to a 6-1 victory and a day-night split with the Cincinnati Reds.

Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his second shutout in the opener, a 5-0 victory. San Diego did a turnabout in the second game, holding Cincinnati to three hits while getting nine of their own.

"The guys came out determined in the second game to put some at-bats together," Padres manager Bud Black said.

The Padres won their first series on the road this season, taking two of three. They have won five of their last six games, their best stretch of the season.

Ross (5-3) walked five batters -- including three in the first inning -- and struck out eight including Joey Votto three times. Once he settled in after the first inning, the Reds got only one more runner to second base.

"In the first inning, the sinker was pretty good," Rivera said. "It was nasty. It was a little down in the strike zone. We told Tyson to keep it closer to the strike zone."

Rivera hit a two-run homer off left-hander Jeff Francis (0-1), who was called up to make his Reds debut. Francis gave up three runs in five innings.

Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso hit solo shots off the bullpen, their first homers of the season. Alonso, who went to San Diego as part of the trade for starter Mat Latos in 2011, also had an RBI single in his former ballpark.

"I played here a lot of years," Alonso said. "Obviously it's a special place. I know a lot of those guys. It's fun, like playing back in the old days. I was reminiscing with a couple of those guys."

In the opener, Cueto extended his season-opening streak of domination against a team that has been shut out more than any other in the majors -- seven times.

San Diego came into the doubleheader last in the NL in batting average (.222) and runs (118). Cueto struck out eight, walked two and threw 116 pitches.

Cueto is the first Red to go at least seven innings in each of his first nine starts since Bucky Walters in 1944.

Asked if he's the best pitcher in the majors now, Cueto didn't equivocate.

"I would say yes because the numbers talk and my numbers are going to talk for me," Cueto said, with assistant trainer Tomas Vera interpreting.

Brandon Phillips homered off Ian Kennedy (2-5) and Zack Cozart singled home two runs, part of a three-hit game for the shortstop.

The Reds got runners on first and third with two outs in the fifth, and Phillips connected for his third homer. In his last 11 games, Phillips is 14 for 39 with seven doubles, two homers and five multihit games.

Cozart snapped an 0-for-15 streak with runners in scoring position when he singled home two runs in the sixth. Kennedy gave up a season-high five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

San Diego's Seth Smith singled in the opener, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. He sat out the second game. Cincinnati's Todd Frazier singled in both games, extending his career-best streak to 14 games.

Notes

The Padres acquired OF Jake Goebbert in a deal that sent utility player Kyle Blanks to Oakland. The Padres will also get another player to be determined or cash in the deal. Goebbert batted .257 with six home runs and 25 RBI for Triple-A Sacramento this season. He was assigned to Triple-A El Paso. Blanks played in five games with the Padres this season, going 2 for 10. ... The Reds optioned right-handed reliever Nick Christiani to Louisville before the first game, then added him as their extra player for the second game. Reliever Kevin Quackenbush was San Diego's extra player. Christiani didn't get into the game, but Quackenbush pitched the ninth.

 
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San Diego

Y. Alonso
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

T. Ross
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 5
K 8
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF5120020 .304
Everth Cabrera, SS5111022 .250
Chase Headley, 3B4111110 .195
Carlos Quentin, LF3010101 .167
   Will Venable, PR-RF0000000 .191
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4000013 .153
Cameron Maybin, CF4110012 .313
Rene Rivera, C3112100 .255
Yonder Alonso, 1B4122000 .200
Tyson Ross, P3000003 .063
   a-Seth Smith, PH1000000 .336
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000 .000
Totals3669637  
a-flied out for Ross in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Denorfia (4, Francis)
HR - Everth Cabrera (1, Marshall), Rene Rivera (2, Francis), Yonder Alonso (1, LeCure)
RBI - Everth Cabrera (4), Chase Headley (12), Rene Rivera 2 (9), Yonder Alonso 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (8), Rene Rivera 2 (4), Yonder Alonso 2 (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso
PB - Rene Rivera (4)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross (W,5-3) 7311580 2.81
Nick Vincent 1000120 3.31
Kevin Quackenbush 1000010 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 101-59, Nick Vincent 21-12, Kevin Quackenbush 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 9-3, Kevin Quackenbush 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 28, Nick Vincent 4, Kevin Quackenbush 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF3100100 .259
Chris Heisey, LF2010200 .228
Brandon Phillips, 2B4001012 .281
Joey Votto, 1B3000132 .257
Todd Frazier, 3B3010111 .273
Roger Bernadina, RF4000023 .111
Tucker Barnhart, C3000111 .120
Ramon Santiago, SS4010011 .200
Jeff Francis, P1000010 .000
   a-Neftali Soto, PH1000010 .118
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   b-Brayan Pena, PH1000001 .282
   Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
Totals29131611  
a-struck out for Francis in the 5th
b-grounded into a double play for Marshall in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Heisey (4, Ross)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (13)
SB - Billy Hamilton 2 (14, 2nd base off Ross/Rivera)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,0-1) 5533041 5.40
Logan Ondrusek 0.2011300 6.30
Sean Marshall 1.1311011 6.00
Sam LeCure 1111001 1.10
J.J. Hoover 1000020 9.24
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 71-49, Logan Ondrusek 20-6, Sean Marshall 18-12, Sam LeCure 22-13, J.J. Hoover 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 3-8, Sean Marshall 2-1, Sam LeCure 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 20, Logan Ondrusek 5, Sean Marshall 7, Sam LeCure 4, J.J. Hoover 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23544
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Chad Whitson