Padres 9, Reds 3
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Kurt Bevacqua’s grand slam and Carmelo Martinez’s three-run homer powered the San Diego Padres to a 9-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night.
Martinez slammed his fourth homer in the last seven games to give the Padres a 4-0 lead in the third off Tom Browning, 5-5.
Bevacqua’s fourth career grand slam and his first homer of the season chased Browning in the fifth, staking Padres starter Mark Thurmond, 3-3, to an 8-0 lead.
Thurmond gave up four hits and three runs in five innings for the victory. Luis DeLeon finished the game for his second save, allowing one hit and striking out three in four innings.
Cincinnati had its winning streak snapped at four games, falling 21/2 games behind the first-place Padres in the National League West.
Browning walked Tony Gwynn with two out in the third and gave up singles to Steve Garvey and Kevin McReynolds for one run. Martinez followed with his eighth homer of the season.
Garvey walked, McReynolds doubled and Martinez was intentionally walked to set up Bevacqua’s grand slam down the left-field line.
Cincinnati scored three times in the fifth, the runs coming on Ron Oester’s triple, Dave Van Gorder’s sacrifice fly and Dave Concepcion’s single.
Garry Templeton’s RBI single supplied the Padres’ final run in the seventh.