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Hosmer provides final edge in rain-soaked finale

September 9, 2018

CINCINNATI -- After 5 hours and 22 minutes of rain delays and two rescheduled starts during their four-game series at Great American Ball Park, the Padres were eager to get on a plane to Seattle on Sunday night. Eric Hosmer's solo home run leading off the ninth helped expedite that

CINCINNATI -- After 5 hours and 22 minutes of rain delays and two rescheduled starts during their four-game series at Great American Ball Park, the Padres were eager to get on a plane to Seattle on Sunday night. Eric Hosmer's solo home run leading off the ninth helped expedite that departure.
"It's basically, 'Let's get the heck out of here,'" Hosmer said. "That's what everyone is thinking. Late nights like this, you try to produce a run any way you can. This series seemed like it was a week long, and we were in this clubhouse the entire time."
Hosmer's third home run in as many games -- an opposite field blast to left -- came on a 1-0 pitch from Reds closer Raisel Iglesias and lifted the Padres to a 7-6 victory to earn a split in the series.
It's the first time in Hosmer's career that he has homered in three consecutive games. He has now reached base in 11 consecutive appearances.

"I'm just trying to get the ball in the air," Hosmer said. "Made a point to get on the backside a little more, use that back leg to create more lift. When I'm going good, I'm going to the opposite side. That's where I want to be going."
Austin Hedges and Luis Urias each hit two-run homers, but rookie right-hander Jacob Nix allowed six earned runs in four innings, including a three-run homer to Joey Votto, as the Reds rallied from a 6-1 deficit with a five-run fifth inning.
Sunday's game, which was pushed back from 1:10 to 4:10 p.m. ET to avoid bad weather, was delayed 1 hour, 32 minutes by rain in the eighth inning. Hosmer delivered shortly after play resumed.
"It's good to get a win and actually get it quick after we came back out there," Padres manager Andy Green saod. "Hos has been swinging it well. In this series, he got the ball in the air more consistently. When he gets the ball in the air, good things happen."
Hedges extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a two-run home run off Reds starter Tyler Mahle in the third. It was his eighth of the season.

Urias then took Lucas Sims deep for a two-run homer in the fourth, putting the Padres ahead 4-0. Urias' blast traveled 434 feet had an exit velocity of 103.7, according to Statcast™, and was his second homer this season and first since August 31.

Nix didn't allow a hit until Jose Peraza's bloop single leading off the fourth and had a career-high five strikeouts. But he struggled after that.
"I thought [Nix's] first three [innings] were really sharp," Green said. "The fourth is when it started to wane. Trying to be too pinpoint, lost command of his secondary pitches."
Freddy Galvis' two-run double off Sims in the fifth extended the Padres' lead to 6-1.

Craig Stammen (7-2) earned the victory after allowing a leadoff double by Tucker Barnhart in the eighth, but retiring the next three batters -- two on strikeouts -- to keep the score tied.
"You give up the leadoff double, it's such an eerie feeling when there's nobody there and one guy's screaming at the top of his lungs," Green said. "If anyone can handle that, it's Craig Stammen. To face good hitters and get those guys out to get us back in the dugout was huge."
Kirby Yates pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Padres managed a split in the series despite several defensive miscues. In the fifth, right fielder Franmil Reyes pulled up on Billy Hamilton's shallow fly to right on what could have been a double play had he caught it. Peraza's two-run double and Votto's homer tied the score later in the inning.
"There's a play we could have made in right field," Green said. "He didn't pick up that ball from Billy Hamilton."

UP NEXT
Following an off-day on Monday, the Padres begin a brief two-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-3, 6.58 ERA) is scheduled to make his 14th appearance (ninth start), and first against the Mariners. In his last outing on Sept. 3, Mitchell allowed a run in five innings to earn his first victory since April 2, 2017. Left-hander Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.32) will start for Seattle and face the Padres for the first time. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT Tuesday.

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.