While the San Diego Padres can't seem to break through at the plate, the Cincinnati Reds have certainly moved past their recent offensive woes.
Now the Reds hope Tony Cingrani can keep the visiting Padres' bats cold Saturday night when they try for their longest winning streak since late May.
Joey Votto tripled and drove in a pair of runs to lead Cincinnati's revival at the plate and Bronson Arroyo became the latest pitcher to hold down the Padres in a 7-2 victory in Friday's series opener.
Brandon Phillips added a two-run home run, while Todd Frazier had two hits to end an 0-for-31 slump that was the longest by a Reds player this season.
The third baseman ran into Pete Rose after Wednesday's win over Oakland, and said baseball's all-time hits leader was among those who helped him mentally.
"He's the best hitter there ever was,'' Frazier said. "He said never call it a slump. Call it a funk.''
The Reds (64-51) seem to have put their funk behind them. Since averaging 1.7 runs and hitting .178 during a 1-6 stretch, they've scored 5.2 per game and batted .256 while winning four of five.
Cincinnati seeks its first four-game winning streak since a five-game run May 20-25 as Cingrani (5-1, 3.05 ERA) attempts to improve his 2-1 record and 2.55 ERA since rejoining the rotation on July 3.
The left-hander has struck out 18 over 12-plus innings in his last two starts, though he walked five in an 8-3 win over St. Louis last Saturday. He allowed three runs and four hits over five-plus innings.
Cingrani has limited opponents to three runs or fewer in each of his five home starts, though he's only made it through six innings once.
He'll try to go deeper against a San Diego team looking to avoid its fourth straight loss. The Padres (52-63) have hit .135 with runners in scoring position while averaging 2.7 runs over their last 10 games.
Nick Hundley (2 for 28) and Jedd Gyorko (8 for 69) have been mired in lengthy slumps, while Logan Forsythe ended a 7-for-63 slide by going 2 for 4 with a home run in the opener.
It hasn't helped that slugger Carlos Quentin has missed the past seven games because of a sore right knee and is headed to the disabled list, according to manager Bud Black. The Padres plan to call up outfielder Jaff Decker on Saturday.
San Diego starter Tyson Ross (2-5, 2.91) has pitched well since getting recalled, going 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three outings.
After outpitching All-Star Patrick Corbin in a 1-0 victory at Arizona on July 28, Ross fanned nine while limiting the Yankees to two runs and three hits over six-plus innings in last Saturday's 3-0 loss.
"These last two outings should give him a great boost of confidence moving forward the next couple of months,'' Black said.
The right-hander, who makes his first career start against Cincinnati, has given up just one run and five hits while striking out 13 over 14 innings in his last two road starts - both San Diego victories.
Ross may have his hands full with Votto, who is 11 for 24 during a seven-game hitting streak.