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Padres roll over Reds on back of season-high hits total

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The Canadian Press
7/2/2014 1:30:13 AM
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SAN DIEGO -- Seth Smith hit a home run and scored three runs, Carlos Quentin also homered and drove in three runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Tuesday night.

Smith had three hits as the Padres finished with a season-high 16 one night after managing just one hit in a 1-0 win over the Reds.

Ian Kennedy (6-9) pitched six strong innings, giving up one run and seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts to get his first win in nearly a month. Kennedy, who improved to 4-1 in his career against the Reds, was 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his last four starts in June.

Quentin's two-run homer in the four-run, seventh inning was the key blow when the Padres extended their lead to 7-1.

Mike Leake, vying for his career-best fourth straight win, allowed three runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings. In each of his previous two starts, Leake (6-7) gave up one run and four hits in eight innings.

San Diego had its highest scoring total since an 11-1 win over the Cubs on May 23.

Chase Headley put the Padres ahead 3-1 with an RBI single in the sixth to drive in Smith, who had doubled to right field.

Smith hit his ninth homer of the season leading off the first to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. It matched their hit total from the previous night and was San Diego's first homer since Tommy Medica had one on June 24.

Quentin also doubled in the first inning, but was doubled off second base when he sprinted for third base on an infield pop up after forgetting the number of outs.

After totalling just five runs in their previous five games, the Padres extended the lead to 2-0 when Kennedy got San Diego's third straight single.

The Reds pulled to 2-1 in the fifth inning when Todd Frazier's two-out, broken-bat single to centre drove in Zack Cozart. That snapped the Padres' scoreless innings streak at 21.

NOTES: Padres SS Everth Cabrera was a late scratch with a strained left hamstring. He'll be re-evaluated Friday, but could be headed to the DL. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (sore right shoulder) will resume throwing on Wednesday after getting the OK from the team's medical staff. ... 2B Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) had his cast removed on Tuesday. ... Reds 1B Joey Votto was lifted for pinch-runner on Tuesday, an indication his left knee remains tender. "He is not running at full speed," manager Bryan Price said. ... Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (8-5, 1.88) faces Padres RHP Tyson Ross (6-8, 3.18) in Wednesday afternoon's series finale.

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