A solid pitching effort bailed out the San Diego Padres in their most recent contest, and they'll look to send Cincinnati to a fourth straight defeat Monday night.
Cincinnati (59-47) averaged 6.2 runs while winning seven of its previous nine, but it scored just twice while dropping the final three of its four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers .
"Our guys are trying the best they can," manager Dusty Baker said. "I mean, everybody's talking about our on-base percentage, but you've got to have some guys drive them in. We were frustrated all day."
Cincinnati's pitching staff, which ranks among the majors' best with a 3.33 team ERA after striking out a franchise-record 20 on Sunday, allowed only eight earned runs against the Dodgers and now will turn to Leake (10-4, 2.73 ERA) for another solid effort.
Leake has won three straight starts after giving up one run despite a career-worst 12 hits through six innings of an 8-3 win over San Francisco on Wednesday. He also had his second three-hit game of the year but is 2 for 37 in the other 17 games he's batted.
The right-hander is 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA over his last 13 starts. Leake's only career start versus San Diego didn't go so well, though, as he allowed five runs and walked three in 1 2-3 innings of an 11-5 defeat July 30, 2012.
The Reds have won six of the last seven meetings with the Padres, which completed a 6-4 road trip with two series wins after a 1-0 victory over Arizona on Sunday and will play at home for the first time in the second half."The guys should be proud about the way they bounced back after the All-Star break," manager Bud Black said. "It was a good road trip."
San Diego (48-58), though, needed a solid pitching performance from Tyson Ross - who allowed three hits in eight innings - to help overshadow its inconsistent offense. It has scored one run or none three times in a five-game stretch, but totaled 22 in winning the other two.
Carlos Quentin drove in his 20th run of July on Sunday, and he'll look to help provide enough support for Sean O'Sullivan, who looks to build off a solid outing.
O'Sullivan (0-2, 4.73) has made two starts and three appearances since being recalled July 12 after the Padres announced Clayton Richard would have season-ending shoulder surgery. He pitched well in his latest outing but still suffered a 3-1 defeat after giving up three runs - two earned - in 6 1-3 innings Wednesday at Milwaukee.
"He's got a little bit of a bulldog in him," Black said. "He changed speeds, and he kept the ball down. We just couldn't get any runs for him."
The right-hander has never faced the Reds, who have won six of their last eight in San Diego.
|July 20, 2013||Derrick Robinson||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|July 10, 2013||Ryan Hanigan||15-Day DL||Sprained left wrist|
|June 29, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|June 28, 2013||Johnny Cueto||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right lat|
|June 14, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor mass strain|
|June 01, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- There is no secret when it comes to facing Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman and his 100 mph fastball.
"He's not going to do anything tricky," the San Diego Padres ' Chris Denorfia said. "He's going to throw it 100 mph. You have to be ready for the fastball. You have to sit on the fastball. It comes so quickly it's hard for you to do anything with it."
Denorfia did plenty against Chapman on Monday night, hitting a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Padres a 2-1 victory over the Reds.
"It sounded great off the bat," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I say 80 percent of home runs you know it from the sound no matter who is pitching. But that sound tonight on his homer there was no doubt about it."
With the Reds leading, 1-0, Chapman (3-4) walked leadoff batter Yonder Alonso on a 3-2 pitch. Denorfia then drove a 98 mph first-pitch offering from Chapman over the center-field fence 423 feet away to deal the Reds their fourth straight loss.
"It was pretty sweet. It was one of those when you hit it hard on that part of the bat, you don't even feel the vibration, it felt great," Denorfia said of his first game-ending home run of his career and third walk-off hit of his career.
"It was a fastball like I throw everybody," said Chapman, who threw a 102 mph fastball in Alonso's at-bat. "I just threw a fastball and he hit a home run and there's nothing I can do."
Chapman was disappointed he walked Alonso.
"It bothered me because he was left-handed," Chapman said. "I walked him and after that I had to just continue going."
Luke Gregerson (5-5) pitched the ninth for the win.
San Diego natives Mike Leake and Sean O'Sullivan matched up against each other.
Leake went seven scoreless innings for the Reds, allowing four singles. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.
O'Sullivan, making his third start for the season for the Padres, went six innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked five and struck out one.
Reds center fielder Derrick Robinson led off the fifth with a triple off the fence in left-center. He scored when Cesar Izturis hit a grounder to first, which Alonso grabbed, touched first base for the putout then fired home, but Robinson just beat the throw to catcher Nick Hundley .
That snapped a scoreless streak of 22 innings for the Reds going back to the second inning of Saturday night's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. They have scored just three runs in their last four games.
"O'Sullivan hung in there and made some pitches where he had to," Black said. "He battled and gave up only one run."
Cincinnati loaded the bases in the fifth, but O'Sullivan got Devin Mesoraco to hit a grounder to short.
The teams combined to leave 15 runners on base through the first five innings - nine for the Reds. They also left the bases loaded in the first, while the Padres left them loaded in the third.
Leake got Mark Kotsay to ground to first baseman Joey Votto with the bases loaded to end the third.
The only batter to reach after the third against Leake was Everth Cabrera , who got on with an infield single leading off the fifth, but he was caught stealing by Mesoraco. Cabrera had two of the four hits off Leake.
NOTES: Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo is listed as day-to-day after twisting his left ankle stealing second Sunday in Los Angeles. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was also not in the starting lineup Monday. Reds manager Dusty Baker had told Phillips before Sunday's game that he would get the day off. "I like to give the guys from the All-Star team a day off even after they get back after the All-Star game," Baker said. Izturis got the start at second for the Reds. ... Reds P Jonathan Broxton , on the DL since June 15 (flexor mass sprain in his right elbow) will begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday ... Padres OF Carlos Quentin tweaked his left knee on a swing in Sunday's game in Arizona and was available to pinch hit.