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CINCINNATI - First baseman Joey Votto's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning drove home Jack Hannahan, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

With the bases loaded against right-hander Tim Stauffer (1-1) in the 13th, Votto flew out to left field, but Hannahan trotted home well ahead of the throw for the game-winner.

Sam LeCure (2-1) earned the victory after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innnings.

Cincinnati pinch-hitter Xavier Paul hit a two-run, game-tying home run in the eighth off Padres starter Ian Kennedy.

For seven innings, Kennedy continued his career dominance of Cincinnati, allowing just one hit and three baserunners. He finished with two earned runs allowed on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts over eight innings.

Reds starter Mike Leake allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits in seven innings. He threw just seven pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning, but he struggled with his command on Sunday.

The Padres loaded the bases with one out in the second by getting three singles.

Rene Rivera's sacrifice fly drove in the first run, and a throwing error on the play by shortstop Cesar Izturis allowed another run to score, putting San Diego ahead 2-0.

Kennedy, who had a 1.35 career ERA at Great American Ball Park entering Sunday's game, gave up only Leake's single through five innings.

Leake worked around three walks, one intentional, in the fourth inning when the Padres left the bases loaded.

Kennedy, meanwhile, cruised through the Reds lineup, allowing just three baserunners in the first seven innings, including two walks, and retiring 16 straight batters in one stretch. Kennedy had just 82 pitches through seven.

Prior to Paul's homer, the hardest hit ball off Kennedy was Jay Bruce's fly out to the warning track in the seventh.

In the Padres' seventh, Will Venable doubled. An errant pick-off attempt by Leake sailed into center, but Venable was awarded third base when it was ruled shortstop Izturis interfered with him. Reds manager Dusty Baker vehemently argued the call. Venable was retired in a rundown between third and home moments later. And Leake escaped that inning with no runs allowed.

In the Reds' eighth, an infield hit by pinch-hitter Zack Cozart preceded Paul's two-run home run, which came on a 1-2 pitch from Kennedy and sailed 422 feet to left field, tying the score 2-2.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the three batters he faced in the ninth.

San Diego had runners in scoring position in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings but failed to score.

NOTES: It was Paul's third pinch homer of the season, fifth of his career. .. Venable's double in the seventh extended his hitting streak to eight games. .. The Padres' loss prevented them from earning their first season series victory over Cincinnati since 2010. The Reds won six of eight games against the Padres last season. .. Ronny Cedeno's 19thcareer triple in the sixth inning was his first hit as a Padre. .. Padres LF Jaff Decker made his first major league start on Sunday and went 0-for-3. .. Leake is a San Diego native, and graduate of Fallbrook High School. .. Padres RHP Tyson Ross, Saturday's winning pitcher, now has a 2.20 ERA as a starter, fourth-best in the major leagues among starting pitchers with at least seven starts. His .182 opponent batting average leads the majors.
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