The San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds bats have been hot for this four-game series. On Monday, Cincinnati crushed San Diego 11-3. The Padres answered back with 7-3 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Reds bested the Friars 8-3 at Great American Ball Park.
Despite a pair of homers from Manuel Margot and Wil Myers in the sixth inning, the Padres could not rally to victory. Reds starter Asher Wojciechowski held San Diego scoreless coming into the sixth.
“He was spot on,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We got to the sixth, and he was right around his recent high in pitches, 75, and we wanted to get him through the sixth and take that thing to 85-90.”
Margot homered on a line drive to right field — his 10th of the season. Myers then followed with a two-run home run on a fly ball to right field, making it a three-run game at 6-3.
That was the last the time the Padres scored.
The Reds started strong against their former teammate Padres starter Travis Wood. Jose Peraza singled on a line drive to center field in the first inning to bring in two runs. Eugenio Suarez and Stuart Turner followed with a two-run home run each in the third and fifth inning, respectively. Turner’s homer was his first in the major.
“One led to the other,” Wood said. “Both are frustrating. The homers, the hitter’s doing his job. The walks mean I didn’t execute.”
Woods had six runs (five earned), seven hits and four walks over five innings, with seven strikeouts.
Peraza was on fire Wednesday. He added an RBI single against Carter Capps for one of two Reds scores in the bottom of the sixth.
Up next, Dinelson Lamet will lead the Padres in the final game of the series Thursday at 9:35 a.m.
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