Ramon Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and Cincinnati rallied to end the San Diego Padres’ eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
The game was also Portsmouth Day. Portsmouth's Bob Morton, president of Portsmouth Murals Inc. threw out the first pitch and Isaac Duduit, a senior at Wheelersburg sang the national anthem.
For more on the Portsmouth Day festivities, see Tuesday's edition.
The Padres put runners on first and third with two out in the ninth but Francisco Cordero got former Reds utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. to fly out to center to end the game.
Jay Bruce had three hits and Scott Rolen hit his fifth homer for Cincinnati, which managed only four runs in the first two games of the series. Seven of the Reds’ eight wins have come in their last at-bat.
Baker ripped into his players for their sloppy play after Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Padres. Cincinnati committed two more baserunning blunders in the series finale but Baker wasn’t about to complain after this victory.
“We needed that badly,” said Baker, who was so angry on Saturday that he decided to skip his normal postgame meeting with the media. “You figured the law of averages was on our side. We couldn’t keep losing, and they couldn’t keep winning—plus I wanted to meet with you guys.”
PDT Sports Editor John Stegeman contributed to this report.