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Headley HR off Chapman lifts Padres past Reds 2-1

CINCINNATI -- Chase Headley homered in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman, the first hit the hard-throwing lefty allowed since his return from being hit in the head by a line drive, and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Padres got their season-high fourth straight win despite managing only three hits. Seth Smith had the only two hits that Mike Leake allowed in the first eight innings.

Headley connected on a 99 mph fastball from Chapman (0-1), who was making his second appearance since undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose during a spring training game.

Joaquin Benoit (1-0) allowed a walk in the eighth. Huston Street got the last three outs for his 12th save in as many chances. Street hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 innings.

Smith was the NL's most recent player of the week and extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high. He's 19 for 34 during the streak.

The rest of San Diego's lowly offense didn't do much until Headley connected with two outs in the top of the ninth. The Padres came in last in the league in batting average and scoring.

Brandon Phillips had three of Cincinnati's seven hits, including an RBI single in the first inning. Cincinnati has 12 one-run losses, most in the majors.

The Padres activated Carlos Quentin off the disabled list for the start of the series, moving their lineup closer to full strength. The outfielder missed the first 39 games with a bruised left knee. He went 3 for 18 during a minor league rehab stint and was 0 for 3 with a walk in his return.

Andrew Cashner got a no-decision despite allowing only one run over seven innings, a common theme to his season. The right-hander has pitched well, but gotten little support from his offense.

The Padres have scored only one run in the last 25 innings while he's been on the mound. They managed only one Tuesday night. Cashner gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out six.

Cashner pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the sixth by getting Chris Heisey to hit into a forceout at home and Zack Cozart to pop out.

Smith doubled in the fourth and scored on Jedd Gyorko's sacrifice fly that tied it at 1. The right fielder also prevented the Reds from putting together a big inning in the first.

Billy Hamilton led off with a triple and scored on Phillips' single. Joey Votto followed with a single to right, but Smith threw him out as he tried for second on the play.

Todd Frazier extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest by a Red this season.

 

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