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Monday, August 12, 2013 12:25 AM

Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Xavier Paul and Jack Hannahan were looking for opportunities to redeem themselves after making mistakes that helped cost the Reds a game on Saturday.

They didn’t have to wait long.

Paul came off the bench to hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Hannahan scored the winning run on Joey Votto’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th to give Cincinnati a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Paul committed one error and made a terrible base-running blunder on Saturday. Hannahan was charged with a career-high three errors and grounded into a double play in that loss.

Hannahan drew a 1-out walk from Tim Stauffer (1-1) and Shin-Soo Choo snapped a 0-for-16 slump with a 1-out double to right field. Ryan Hanigan, pinch-hitting against a drawn-in, 5-man infield and shallow 2-man outfield, was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

The Padres went back to three outfielders with everybody drawn in and Votto hit a fly to left field to drive in Hannahan from third base.

Paul tied the score with a 2-run, pinch-hit homer off Ian Kennedy in the eighth and the Reds overcame two more errors for their fourth win in five games. They finished their 8-game homestand with five wins after starting 1-2 against St. Louis.

The Padres, who’ve lost four of their last five games, were 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base.

Sam LeCure (2-1), Cincinnati’s seventh pitcher, pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Kennedy was positioned to improve his career record against the Reds to 4-0 in four starts. Kennedy, in his second start for San Diego after being acquired from Arizona in a July 31 trade, allowed one hit — pitcher Mike Leake’s leadoff single in the third — in 7 1/3 scoreless innings and retired 16 consecutive batters before pinch-hitter Zack Cozart reached with an infield single.

Paul tied the game with his seventh homer of the season, a 422-foot shot into the right-field seats on a 1-2 pitch. Paul has three pinch-hit homers this season and five in his career.

Leake allowed one earned run in seven innings, giving up six hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts. He also committed an error, the Reds’ sixth in the last two games.

Manny Parra and J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless eighth before Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth.

The Reds, who were charged with four errors in their 3-1 loss to San Diego on Saturday, committed another to help the Padres take a 2-0 lead on Rene Rivera’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center field with one out in the second.

As Yonder Alonso scored from third, backup shortstop Cesar Izturis cut off Choo’s throw but Izturis’ quick throw to second trying to get Logan Forsythe going back sailed past Brandon Phillips into foul territory down the right-field line, allowing Forsythe to score.


WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight 3-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a 3-game sweep with a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.

Strasburg (6-9) dominated the reeling Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Phillies never had a runner in scoring position during their 11th straight road loss.

Washington scored two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth against Kyle Kendrick (9-9), who surrendered 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.


ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a 3-run homer and Atlanta beat Miami after having its 14-game winning streak snapped Saturday.

B.J. Upton drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Chris Johnson hit a 2-run double in the 4-run seventh inning that broke open a tie game. Jason Heyward had four hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Evan Gattis had three, including his run-scoring double in the seventh.

Mike Minor (12-5) gave up four runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings.

Dan Jennings (1-3) gave up two runs without recording an out in the Braves’ 4-run seventh.


DENVER — Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Colorado beat Pittsburgh for a 3-game sweep of the NL Central leaders.

The Pirates came to Coors Field this weekend with a 5-game winning streak. They hold a 3-game edge over St. Louis and visit the Cardinals for a 3-game series starting Tuesday night.

Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates. Reliever Bryan Morris (5-5) took the loss.

Manuel Corpas (2-2) pitched a clean seventh inning for the win.


ST. LOUIS — Pete Kozma singled home the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning and St. Louis ended a 4-game losing streak, beating Chicago and avoiding a sweep.

Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese both drove in two runs, though they only had one hit between them.

Randy Choate (2-1) faced one batter, getting leadoff man David DeJesus to pop out with two men on to end the sixth. Edward Mujica worked the last two innings for his 31st save in 33 chances.

Tony Cruz doubled with two outs in the sixth off Blake Parker (1-2) and scored easily on Kozma’s single.


SAN FRANCISCO — J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead, 2-run homer in the seventh inning, Adam Jones added a 3-run shot in the ninth and Baltimore pounded San Francisco.

Hardy’s 21st home run of the season gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Four players drove in a run in the eighth, Jones hit his 24th homer and every player in Baltimore’s starting lineup finished with at least one hit.

Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence each hit RBI doubles off Bud Norris in the first for San Francisco’s only runs.

Matt Cain (7-8) retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced. He struck out five and walked one in seven innings, allowing only an RBI single by Nate McLouth in the sixth before Hardy’s homer. Troy Patton (2-0) tossed one scoreless inning of relief.


PHOENIX — Andrew Brown’s 3-run, pinch-hit home run broke open a close game and New York beat Arizona.

Jonathan Niese (4-6), in his first start since June 20, came off the disabled list to go six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits in his first win since May 16.

The Mets scored four unearned runs in the first, three on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s fielding error with two outs and the bases loaded.

Arizona’s Cody Ross was carted off the field in the first inning with a dislocated right hip in the second major-league start for Zeke Spruill (0-2).


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