Padres 8, Reds 2
Giles scored twice, including the tying run on a heads-up play, and the Padres beat Cincinnati 8-2 on Thursday night, taking two of three from the Reds.
Ryan Klesko drove in two runs and scored twice, and Jake Peavy escaped two early jams. Mark Loretta scored twice and Ramon Hernandez drove in two runs for the Padres, who had only six hits—five doubles.
“We ran the bases outstanding tonight,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We were very aggressive.”
Giles scored the tying run in the fourth with some nice baserunning. He reached on a leadoff walk, went to third on Phil Nevin’s weak groundout in front of the mound and scored on Klesko’s chopper, sliding in under shortstop Barry Larkin’s high throw home and swiping his right hand across the plate.
“Giles kind of set the tone there,” Bochy said. “That was a great job getting to third on the ball Nevin hit. It did get contagious, and we stayed aggressive on the bases. That’s the only way to play.”
Said Giles: “If Lark makes a good throw, I’m probably out. But we had to be aggressive and take a chance. With the way this park’s playing, we have to do the little things to generate runs, and tonight we did it on the basepaths.”
Giles hit a two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday night to give the Padres a 2-1 lead. But Petco Park’s outfield is spacious, “and we can’t sit back and wait for three-run homers,” he said.
Peavy settled down for the win after throwing 37 pitches in the first inning and 70 through three. He allowed five batters to reach in the first while allowing only one to score, on Sean Casey’s double, and trailed just 2-1 after three innings. He left the bases loaded in both the first and third.
Peavy (3-2) went six innings, allowing two runs and six hits while striking out five and walking four.
The Padres scored six runs on just three hits in the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead.
“A couple of plays made a difference and turned a close game into a blowout,” Reds manager Dave Miley said.
The Padres went ahead with four runs in the fifth, getting some help from the Reds’ defense. Klesko had an RBI double, and Giles and Hernandez each drove in runs.
Klesko alertly scored the fourth run when first baseman Casey started to run with the ball toward Jay Payton, who was momentarily hung up between first and second. By the time Casey wheeled and threw home, Javier Valentin didn’t have a play.
Sean Burroughs led off the fifth with a double and went to third on Loretta’s grounder to second baseman D’Angelo Jimenez. Instead of going for the easy out at first, Jimenez tried to get Burroughs at third but his throw was late. Burroughs scored on Giles’ groundout.
“We made too many mistakes to win,” Larkin said.
Giles also scored San Diego’s first run, on Nevin’s double in the first. Klesko had an RBI grounder in the fourth.
Jose Acevedo (2-3) gave up seven runs on five hits in five innings, withfive strikeouts and five walks.
Casey was 3-for-5. … Peavy hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his eight starts. … Larkin moved past Roy McMillan into 12th place all-time with his 2,029th game played at SS. … At Cincinnati’s extended spring training in Florida, John Vander Wal went 1-for-4 with two walks and was hit by a pitch. He’s rehabbing following knee surgery. … RHP Brandon Puffer made his Padres debut in the ninth inning. He was called up from Triple-APortland on Wednesday.