Reds spoil Kennedy’s excellent start, defeat Padres in extras

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Updated: August 11, 2013

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy gave an
exasperated sigh as he tilted his head toward the sky in the eighth inning.

After he retired 16 straight hitters with only five outs remaining to finish
off a masterpiece, Kennedy gave up an infield single and Xavier Paul’s home
run to the right-field seats, which tied the game at two in an instant.

Following Paul’s dramatic home run, the Cincinnati Reds outlasted the Padres
for a 3-2 win in 13 innings.

Joey Votto, who went 0-for-4 to lose his eight-game hitting streak, delivered
the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 13th inning to send the Reds to their
fourth win in five games.

“We had to persevere,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “They threatened a bunch
of times. It looked bleak for a while. Every time you turned around we were in
trouble. It really taxed our bullpen heading to Chicago. We had to bear down
to our last man today.”

Paul hit his third pinch-hit home run this season and seventh home run
overall.

Kennedy took a no decision despite giving up the two runs on only three hits
with three strikeouts in eight innings.

Yonder Alonso had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Padres, who lost for
the fourth time in five games.

“We got some good pitches to hit, but we didn’t advance runners,” Padres
manager Bud Black said.

The Reds rallied in the ninth inning after Jack Hannahan worked a one-out walk
against Tim Stauffer (1-1). Shin-Soo Choo snapped an 0-for-15 and moved
Hannahan to third with a double. Ryan Hanigan was hit by a pitch to load the
bases for Votto, who clinched the Reds’ ninth walk-off win with a sacrifice
fly.

Sam LeCure (2-1) picked up the win after tossing 1 1/3 perfect innings.

San Diego took the lead in the second inning after Alonso, Logan Forsythe and
Ronny Cedeno singled to load the bases with one out. Rene Rivera lofted a
sacrifice fly to center field to score Alonso. Reds center fielder Shin-Soo
Choo tried to double up Forsythe at second, but shortstop Cesar Izturis’ relay
throw went into right field, allowing Forsythe to come all the way home to
give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

The Padres squandered opportunities to build their lead throughout the day.
Will Venable struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth,
Rivera grounded out with two outs and a runner on third in the sixth and
Venable was retired in a run down between third and home on Alexi Amarista’s
one-out fielder’s choice in the seventh.

After pitcher Mike Leake’s base hit in the third, Kennedy retired 16 straight
hitters until Zack Cozart’s pinch-hit infield single in the eighth. Paul
followed with pinch-hit home run deep into the right-field seats to tie the
game and snap the Reds’ 15 2/3 inning scoreless streak dating back to the
first inning of Saturday’s 3-1 loss.

Game Notes

Leake, who started the game for Cincinnati, took a no decision after giving up
two runs — one earned — on six hits in seven innings … The Reds are 37-20
at Great American Ball Park this season … San Diego is 3-9 in rubber matches
this season … Venable went 1-for-7 and extended his hitting streak to eight
games … Kennedy has one win since June 1 (13 starts) … The Reds’ top seven
in the lineup went a combined 2-for-33 … Kennedy matched a season-low by
allowing three hits (three times) … The Padres went 1-for-17 with runners in
scoring position and left 15 men on base … Cincinnati went 0-for-2 with
runners in scoring position and stranded seven.