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Frazier ends slump, helps Reds win

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CINCINNATI -- To break out of his hitting slump, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier reached out to baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose for advice. Frazier also watched the Little League regional tournaments on television to alter his perspective.

"When I was young, it was see the ball, hit the ball," said Frazier. "It was nice to drive the ball like I know how in my first at-bat."

Frazier broke out of an 0-for-31 slump by going 2-for-4 with a double while scoring three runs, and Brandon Phillips hit a two-run home run, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

"I just wanted to remember that swing," said Frazier, who was a member of the Toms River, N.J., squad that won the 1998 Little League World Series.

Logan Forsythe hit his fifth home run and Will Venable added his career-best 14th homer for San Diego.

Phillips' 14th home run, on a 2-1 pitch from Tim Stauffer in the sixth, just cleared the left field wall and put Cincinnati ahead 7-1.

That was plenty of cushion for Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (10-9), who allowed one run on four hits in seven innings and tied a season high with seven strikeouts and no walks. Arroyo, who gave up seven earned runs in his last outing, was in control on Friday.

"If you give Bronson some runs early, everybody breathes a little easier," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He had his regular catcher back tonight, (Ryan) Hanigan. They've been together a long time."

Padres starter Andrew Cashner (8-6) allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits over 107 pitches through five innings. The loss ended a personal three-game winning streak.

"I got into some counts I wanted to be in; I just didn't execute late in the counts," Cashner said.

Venable's solo home run off Alfredo Simon made the score 7-2 in the eighth. But that's as close as San Diego would get.

Reds right-hander Jonathan Broxton, who came off the disabled list Wednesday, made his first appearance since June 13 and allowed one hit with one strikeout in the ninth.

"That was the perfect game to put Big Brox back in there," said Baker. "It was a low-pressure situation. Nice to see him have that velocity which he hasn't had in a while."

Frazier doubled with one out in the first and scored on Joey Votto's single, putting the Reds ahead 1-0. As he stood on second base, Frazier kiddingly called for the ball as a souvenir.

"Enough was enough for me," said Frazier of his 10-game hitless skid.

The Reds made it 3-0 in the third when Votto had an RBI triple and Jay Bruce added a run-scoring double.

"They fouled some balls off and took advantage of mistakes," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They got some balls in the middle of the plate. They had some seeing-eye hits. It was their night."

Arroyo retired the first nine batters he faced on just 34 pitches. Chase Headley, who singled with two outs in the fourth, was the Padres' first baserunner.

"Tonight was a great night for me," Arroyo said. "I had some good zip on my fastball. When it's humid like this the ball's going to move a little more. It was an all-around good ballgame. We got some clutch hits, all the things we need to get rolling."

Forsythe's fifth home run of the season with two outs in the fifth reduced the Padres' deficit to 3-1.

But Chris Heisey's RBI single drove home the Reds' fourth run. Heisey reached second on an error on the play and later scored when Forsythe made a wild throw after fielding Zack Cozart's ground ball, putting Cincinnati ahead 5-1.

NOTES: Frazier's first-inning double was his first hit since July 25. .. The Reds reinstated C Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day disabled list and placed C Corky Miller on the 15-day disabled list. Miller suffered a right quad contusion during a play at the plate on Wednesday. Hanigan had been on the DL since July 11 with a sprained left wrist. "It went longer than I thought, unfortunately," said Hanigan. "I feel pretty good now. Sometimes it takes longer to heal certain injuries."... Padres LF Carlos Quentin will be placed on the disabled list on Saturday. "His right knee hasn't responded well in the last week," said Black. Quentin hasn't played since tweaking the knee on July 30. The Padres plan to call up OF Jaff Decker before Saturday's game... Padres SS Everth Cabrera, suspended 50 games for PED use linked to the Biogenesis clinic, will spend time mentoring the club's Latin players. "He can be a great example for them," said Black. "He wants to take on a role as an educator." ... This was the Padres' 27th multi-home run game this season, one more than they had all of last season.
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