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Rosales' walk-off HR wins it for Padres in 10

July 30, 2016

SAN DIEGO -- Adam Rosales gave the Padres a 2-1 win over the Reds with a walk-off blast in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night, launching a 96-mph fastball from Jumbo Díaz into the left field stands. The home run was Rosales' eighth of the season, and the

SAN DIEGO -- Adam Rosales gave the Padres a 2-1 win over the Reds with a walk-off blast in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night, launching a 96-mph fastball from Jumbo Díaz into the left field stands. The home run was Rosales' eighth of the season, and the difference in a game where both teams had just one run and five hits after nine innings.
"It was exciting," Rosales said. "That was the first [walk-off homer] I've had in my professional career. Last one I hit was, goodness, back in college at Western Michigan -- I think my junior year. So this is a pretty special moment for me… that was a huge win for us and it was fun."
Rosales' shot was the fourth walk-off home run that the Padres have had this season, as well as the fourth walk-off hit of Rosales' career. His last came against the Angels in 2014 when he singled in the ninth inning.
Although the Reds bullpen has performed better of late, it was the Major League-leading 20th time this season one of its relievers allowed a homer vs. the first batter they faced. It was also the 57th homer the bullpen has surrendered in the seventh inning or later.
"It was 2-2. I threw the fastball. It ran into the middle. He got me on that pitch right there," said Diaz, who entered with a 1.00 ERA in nine appearances since returning from Triple-A.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani lowered his ERA to 2.93 after throwing six innings and allowing just one run, while continuing to avoid his first loss of the season. He struck out six batters with 93 pitches and has now thrown at least six innings in eight of his 10 starts this season.

Christian Friedrich matched DeSclafani's performance for the Padres, throwing the same six innings and also allowing just one run. The last time Friedrich limited an opposing team to just one run was back on June 12.
"There was more life on the fastball," said Padres manager Andy Green of Friedrich. "...He spun his breaking ball well and buried his slider from time to time. So I thought he was as good as he's been since he's been with us."

Great escape: Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias extended his scoreless streak to 20 2/3 innings over 10 appearances with his three innings of work. He allowed one hit with five strikeouts following DeSclafani. But he had to dodge some trouble in the bottom of the ninth. After Alexi Amarista's one-out single, Iglesias made an error on a pickoff throw that advanced the runner to third base. Iglesias struck out José Rondón and got Derek Norris to ground out softly near the mound to escape and force extras.
"I made a bad throw," Iglesias said via translator Julio Morillo. "After that throw, I focused 100 percent on working as hard as I can to get the people out and keep the zeroes on the score." More >

Hug watch: The Padres' Matt Kemp was traded to the Braves during Saturday's game, and the 31-year-old outfielder was seen embracing teammates and coaches in the home dugout during the fourth inning. Kemp was scratched from the lineup right before the game. He was traded for Héctor Olivera, who according to sources, will be designated for assignment next week.
"It definitely is tough, especially with all of the movement we've had," Friedrich said after the game. "Matt's been a great help on the team, a great leader. It just sucks that it's the middle of the game so you don't really have your time to say goodbye. So you just make sure you find a way to tell him how thankful we are that he was here, and just try to get a word in before he leaves." More >

Votto remains hot bat:Joey Votto led off the top of the fourth inning with a single to center field and added a two-out single in the sixth. Votto has hit safely in all 14 games since the All-Star break, one shy of his career-high hitting streak. Batting .489 (23-for-47) during the streak and vastly improved for two months, Votto has raised his average from .215 on June 1 to his current season-high .284.
Start with a bold intro: In his first Major League start, Jose Rondon showed why he is the Padres No. 12 prospect. He started a 6-4-3 double play with a slick diving stop up the middle in the top of the fifth, and then grabbed his first big league hit in the bottom of the inning after driving an 87-mph slider up the middle.
"I thought defensively it was as good a game as we've had in a long time," Green said. "Jose Rondon played very solidly at shortstop today, defensively."

"There were a couple guys we weren't going to use. Jumbo's been throwing the ball good, so it's just a matter of putting your staff out there and trying to keep guys fresh and going with the fresh arm who's been performing. You have to reward guys who are pitching well with better opportunities in which to pitch. Since Jumbo's come back this last time, he was really throwing the ball well." -- Reds manager Bryan Price on his choice to use Diaz in the 10th
The Reds are 41-62 this season, but this was their first walk-off homer for a loss in 2016.
Reds: Back from Tommy John surgery and a long rehabilitation, Homer Bailey will make his 2016 debut in the 4:40 p.m. ET series finale on Sunday. Bailey last pitched in the Majors for the Reds on April 23, 2015. He is coming off of six Minor League rehab starts for Triple-A Louisville.
Padres:Paul Clemens takes the mound in his first start since the trade that sent Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the Marlins. Clemens said he was going to be using his curveball and changeup more to get deeper into games.
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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05.

[Carlos Collazo**](mailto:[email protected]) is a reporter for based in San Diego.