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Eric Hosmer was a big reason the Padres swept the Cincinnati Reds. Photo credit: @padres, via Twitter

The Padres took advantage of a reeling Cincinnati squad, completing their first-ever season sweep of the Reds Thursday with a 7-5 win.

Starter Nick Martinez pitched five innings, giving up two runs while striking out five to improve to 1-2. Their big inning came in the sixth, when they scored four, topped by a bases-clearing double by Ha-Seong Kim that put them ahead 5-0.

Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado feasted on Reds pitching during the series. Machado went four-for-five Thursday and collected nine hits during the three games to raise his average to .395. Hosmer homered twice, and had six hits as his average swelled to .415.

“Those guys have been sensational here early in the year,” manager Bob Melvin said.

Thursday’s win followed 9-6 and 8-5 victories in the first two games of the series – the opener included a fourth inning eight-run outburst which featured a Hosmer home run and a Jake Cronenworth triple to drive in three.

The Padres improved to 13-7 on the season while the Reds fell to 3-16. The Padres, who are done with Cincinnati in 2022, also swept the NL Central club at Petco Park last week.

Pittsburgh, at 8-11, isn’t faring so much better than the Reds, and the Friars face them next. Yu Darvish takes the mound at 3:35 p.m. Friday at PNC Park. Sean Manaea and Joe Musgrove follow.