Padres 1, Reds 0, 12 innings

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SAN DIEGO (AP)—After seeing the previous two batters walk, Mark Kotsay came out swinging.

Kotsay missed the first pitch from Cincinnati reliever Brian Reith, then doubled off the center-field fence on the next delivery to lift the San Diego Padres to a 1-0 victory in 12 innings Friday night.

Kotsay went 3-for-4 with two walks. He delivered the winning hit after Reith walked pinch-hitters Sean Burroughs and Ryan Klesko with one out, both on four straight pitches.

“I wanted to be aggressive,” Kotsay said. “I knew he was going to be in the strike zone.”

The Reds lost their fifth in a row while the Padres ended a three-game losing streak.

Reith (1-2) entered the game to start the 12th as the seventh pitcher used by the Reds.

Padres rookie Jake Peavy missed out on his first career shutout and complete game, even though he pitched nine scoreless innings, extending his streak to 16 over two starts.

“Jake had a great game,” Kotsay said. “That’s one of the reasons while we’re standing here. He threw nine innings of shutout baseball. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get a run across the board.”

Peavy, who came off a 6-4 victory at Philadelphia on Aug. 2, allowed five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

“He threw real well for nine innings,” said the Reds’ Brandon Larson, who finished 0-for-5. “We had some chances and didn’t take advantage of them. His slider was working real well, and he had his best stuff going.”

Rod Beck (2-1) pitched the 12th to finish off a combined seven-hit shutout by three pitchers for the win. He followed Jay Witasick, who worked two innings.

“It’s tough one,” Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. “Our pitching staff did a heck of a job. Any loss is tough, but losing in 12 innings in a 0-0 game, it’s a tough one.”

Padres right fielder Gary Matthews Jr. preserved the shutout in the ninth inning when he threw out pinch-runner Ray Olmedo trying to score from second on a one-out single by Barry Larkin.

John Bale, making his first career start for the Reds, allowed no runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.

“He was a little gassed,” Miley said. “But I thought he threw the ball well putting zeros on the board.”

It was Bale’s longest stint in 19 major league appearances. His previous best was a four-inning effort on Sept. 7, 2001, for Baltimore against Seattle.

In his only other appearance for the Reds this season, Bale gave up one run in two innings against San Francisco on Sunday. He was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on July 30.

“You rarely see games that are 0-0 in the ninth,” Burroughs said. “You have to tip your hat to everyone that pitched. That’s baseball. That’s why it’s great. It’s different every night.”

The Padres failed to scored in the eighth after Kotsay led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch with no out. Kotsay went to third on a flyout, but was stranded when Ryan Wagner struck out Matthews, up as a pinch-hitter, for the final out.

The Reds’ Reggie Taylor singled in the 12th to end an 0-for-26 slump, the longest drought on the club this season. Entering the night, Felipe Lopez held the season worst with 0-for-23 dry spell.

Notes

Larkin returned to the lineup for the first time since leaving Wednesday’s game after irritating the scar tissue that resulted from hernia surgery on Aug. 24. … Burroughs, who was in a 0-for-10 skid with five strikeouts, did not start. … None of the Padres had previously faced Bale, who pitched for Toronto (2000) and Baltimore (2001) in the American Leaguebefore joining the Reds on July 30.

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