San Diego (62-53) at Cincinnati (55-60)

Fair Currently: Cincinnati, OH
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Aug 14, 2004
  • TV: Ch4, FSOH
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Khalil Greene has been one of the top rookies in the National League this season, and he’s certainly proved his worth to the San Diego Padres the past two games.

Greene will try to lead the Padres to their third straight win when they meet the Cincinnati Reds in the middle game of their series at Great American Ball Park.

The rookie shortstop set career highs with four RBIs and four hits Friday, including his first two-homer game, to lead the Padres to a 14-5 rout in the series opener. Greene, whose RBI single in the 11th inning Thursday gave the Padres a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs, also scored four of the Padres season-high 14 runs.

“I felt comfortable,” Greene said. ”(Thursday) may have played a part. It gave me a confidence boost. I thought it might carry over. I was concentrating on staying up the middle. When I don’t try to drive the ball, that’s when I hit the best.”

Brian Giles and Ryan Klesko both homered in a five-run first inning as the Padres moved into a tie with the Cubs for the lead in the NL wild-card race. Rich Aurilia added a solo shot in the ninth.

Sean Casey, Jason LaRue and Juan Castro each connected for Cincinnati, as the team combined to hit eight homers—a record for the two-year-old ballpark.

The Reds allowed an opponent to score in double figures for the second time in three games while matching their season high by falling five games under .500 for the second time. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Wednesday. Cincinnati has dropped 16 of 21.

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