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Austin Hedges opened the third inning with a game-tying homer, and Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer capped the four-run burst with runs-scoring doubles Sunday afternoon as the host San Diego Padres defeated Cincinnati 4-3 to avoid a four-game sweep and snap a six-game losing streak.
The Padres had five straight hits and six in the inning against Reds starter and loser Tyler Mahle (0-2), who allowed four runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in six innings. Mahle retired the last 10 Padres he faced.
Left-hander Joey Lucchesi (3-2) allowed one run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. Kirby Yates got a double-play grounder to end the game to record his 10th save, although it was his first since April 13.
The Reds scored twice against the Padres’ bullpen on solo homers in the seventh inning by Kyle Farmer and Eugenio Suarez.
Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead in the second. Matt Kemp opened the inning with a double inside the third-base bag that rolled into the left field corner. Curt Casali’s soft groundout to Lucchesi sent Kemp to third, and the former Padre scored on Jose Iglesias’ line drive single off the glove of Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
But the Padres rallied in the third, starting with Hedges’ third homer of the season into the left field stands.
Tatis followed with a single that extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games. But he was caught stealing second for the second out in the inning.
The Padres, however, scored three runs on four straight hits before Mahle struck out Franmil Reyes to end the inning. Manuel Margot and Manny Machado hit back-to-back singles ahead of Myers’ two-run double off the glove of a leaping Kemp above the top of the left field wall. Hosmer then doubled home Myers.
Farmer cut the Padres lead to 4-2 with a homer against Brad Wieck leading off the seventh. Three hitters later, Suarez victimized Craig Stammen with his fifth homer of the season.
Joey Votto of the Reds missed a second straight start due to tightness in his back.
—Field Level Media