The Cincinnati Reds’ four home runs crushed the San Diego Padres 11-3 Monday at Great American Ball Park in the four-game series opener.
Reds outfielder Patrick Kivlehan got his first career grand slam off Phil Maton’s first pitch at the bottom of the eighth when the Reds were up 7-3, blowing out the San Diego, 11-3.
Joey Votto’s single in the bottom of the first on a sharp line drive to right field, allowing Billy Hamilton to score, putting the Reds on the board. Votto homered in the third off a Jhoulys Chacin’s fast ball, bringing in Zack Cozart. The Reds were up 3-0.
The home run is Votto’s 251st career, moving him into a tie for fifth place with Big Klu.
The Padres answered back in the next inning with a two-run homer from Jose Pirela, bringing the score to 3-2. Pirela would be the only Padres to score. The Padres infielder homered in the eighth for a single run.
Cincinnati’s first baseman Adam Duvall extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run homer against Chacin. The Padres starter pitched six innings with five earned runs, five hits, three walks and five strikeouts and two home runs. This is Chacin’s first loss in six starts.
Cozart, who just returned from the disabled list on Sunday, had a two-run homer in the seventh against reliever Kyle McGrath.
Up next, Sal Romana will make his seventh major league start, his first against the Padres. Game time starts at 4:10 p.m.
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