Joey Votto drove in the first and final runs of Wednesday’s 7-3 victory over the Padres at Petco Park to snap the Reds three game losing streak.
Raisel Iglesias (3-4) shook off a rough first inning and stuck around for six innings of work in which he struck out eight. James Shields (8-5) went 6.1 innings for San Diego (54-61) with seven strikeouts, but issued four walks and allowed five runs.
The Reds (50-62) got on the board quickly, after falling in an 11-0 hole Tuesday night, thanks to a leadoff single by Billy Hamilton and then Eugenio Suarez was hit by Shields. This set up an RBI single for Votto and then Jay Bruce tripled home Suarez and Votto to give the Reds a quick 3-0 lead.
Iglesias gave those runs right back as he hit Yangervis Solarte and then Yonder Alonso singled. This set up a three-run homer by Matt Kemp, his 12th on the season, to tie the game at three. After allowing a two out double to Derek Norris, Iglesias settled in and retired the final 16 hitters he faced on the day.
Cincinnati picked its starter up in the third when Votto singled and then went to third on a double by Todd Frazier. Votto came home to score on a balk which led the Padres to intentionally walk Bruce. Once he reached, he stole second with Frazier moving to third on the balk and then Brayan Pena walked to load the bases. Shields was able to escape any further damage with a strikeout of Ivan De Jesus Jr. to end the threat.
Like Iglesias, Shields cruised until the seventh inning when Brandon Phillips led off the frame with a pinch hit single and then Hamilton and Votto each walked to load the bases with one out. Facing Shawn Kelley, Frazier was able to plate Phillips on a sacrifice fly, but lefty Marc Rzepcynzki was able to strike out Bruce for another missed opportunity at a big inning.
Jumbo Diaz continued the streak of retired Padres to 19 in his one inning of work while J.J. Hoover walked the first hitter he faced in the eighth, but was able to get a double play to faced the minimum in the frame. Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless eighth for San Diego, but once again Frank Garces was met with resistance in the ninth.
A day after giving up three runs, Garces didn’t show much improvement as Suarez singled and then Votto homered to give the Reds a comfortable 7-3 advantage. Aroldis Chapman worked around a two-out single by Justin Upton to close out the game and the season series with San Diego. The Padres finish the season 4-2 against the Reds after taking two of three in Cincinnati back in June.
Next the Reds head up the California coast and into Los Angeles where they will take on the Dodgers (63-50). The Dodgers will send a familiar face to the mound as Mat Latos (4-8, 4.67 ERA), who arrived before the trade deadline from Miami. He’ll face Keyvius Sampson (1-1, 3.00 ERA) who picked up his first career victory in his last start against Arizona. Latos was shelled for six runs in four innings in his loss to the Pirates in his last outing. First pitch is set for 10:10 p.m.