Padres 14, Reds 5

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Khalil Greene found a way to follow up his game-winning hit Thursday.

San Diego’s rookie shortstop set career highs with four RBIs and four hits, including his first two-homer game, to lead the Padres over the Cincinnati Reds 14-5 Friday night.

Greene, whose RBI single in the 11th inning Thursday gave the Padres a 5-4 victory over the Cubs, also scored four of the Padres season-high 14 runs.

“I felt comfortable,” Greene said. “Yesterday 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 each connected in a five-run first inning as the Padres moved into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the NL wild-card race.

Every San Diego starter except Sean Burroughs had at least one hit after two innings, including Padres starter David Wells, who was 3-for-34 (.088) before singling up the middle in the first inning. San Diego had 17 hits, one short of their season best.

“It was nice to hit in the first inning,” Wells said.

The Padres sent 10 batters to the plate in the first and got five hits, including Giles’s three-run homer to center field and Klesko’s two-run shot to right.

Giles now is hitting .313 with 21 homers and 57 RBI in his career against the Reds.

Paul Wilson (9-4) was removed after walking Burroughs with one out in the second inning. The right-hander gave up seven runs, eight hits, three walks and hit a batter in his shortest outing of the season.

“I didn’t have it tonight at all,” Wilson said. “That’s embarrassing. I couldn’t do anything right. Nothing went right. I can’t put a team down early in the game like that—no way.

“I got the ball up, and they were hammering. It’s not tough to figure out. I was terrible. I stunk.”

Wilson hasn’t won since July 8, going 0-2 with four no-decisions—including two games in which the Reds were leading when he left—and a 7.34 ERA since the All-Star break.

“He couldn’t get the ball down,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “He’s been outstanding for us. It was a bad night for him. He can’t be perfect every five days. He had a tough night against a good-hitting ballclub.”

Wells (7-7) allowed five hits and three runs, including solo home runs by Sean Casey in the first and Jason LaRue in the fifth, in five innings to earn his first win in his last four starts.

“The lead came at a good time,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “Our bullpen needed a break. Yesterday was a long day, and it allowed me to get some guys off the field.”

Jay Witasick allowed three hits and two runs with one walk and five strikeouts in four innings of relief to earn his first save in three opportunities and fourth of his career.

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 have lost 16 of 21.

Greene homered in the fourth to make it 10-1 and hit his ninth homer in the sixth to give San Diego a 13-3 lead. Rich Aurilia homered in the ninth to


Casey’s homer was his 17th and first in 64 at-bats dating back to July 25. … The two teams combined to hit eight home runs, a record at 2-year-old Great American Ball Park … Wilson’s outing was his shortest since July 10, 2003, against Houston, when he failed to retire any of the eight Astros he faced while giving up six hit and eight runs … Felipe Lopez extended his career best hitting streak to eight games with a third-inning single to left field … Adam Dunn went 0-for-4 to see his hitting streak snapped at eight games … Todd Van Poppel’s 4-1-3 innings of relief were Cincinnati’s season high.

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