CINCINNATI -- Leaning on a bullpen to pick up half of the game, the Reds quieted the Padres during some critical innings while the lineup piled up four home runs for an 11-3 victory on Monday, their first in four tries against San Diego this season.
Long before Patrick Kivlehan's grand slam in the eighth frame made it a blowout for Cincinnati, it was a tight game in the middle innings. Reds starter Tim Adleman lasted 4 2/3 innings, but he exited with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth inning and didn't qualify for the win. Reliever Blake Wood got out of the jam with a groundout by Jose Pirela for the victory and Michael Lorenzen followed with four strikeouts and one hit over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
"I just wanted a different look there, and sometimes you don't get the chance to make what you feel is the right decision," Reds manager Bryan Price said of going to his bullpen and Wood. "You don't want the emotion of leaving Tim in there to complete the five innings to get in the way of trying to win a game."
Jhoulys Chacin came into the game 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA over his past six starts, but he was dealt his first loss since June 27. Chacin pitched six innings with five earned runs, five hits, three walks, five strikeouts and two home runs yielded.
"To win here, you have to keep the ball on the ground, because the ball flies," Chacin said.
While extending his hitting streak to 12 games, Joey Votto provided Cincinnati with a 3-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run home run with two outs in the third inning. Against Adleman in the top of the fourth, Pirela made it a one-run game with a two-run homer to left field on a 0-2 pitch. It was the 13th straight start that Adleman allowed a home run, two shy of Ramon Ortiz's 2005 club record.
In the sixth inning, Adam Duvall extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven games with a two-run homer to left field against Chacin. It was Duvall's fifth homer in the past 14 games and his 25th this season. Zack Cozart added a two-run homer in the seventh against reliever Kyle McGrath, his 13th of the season and first since returning from the disabled list on Sunday.
Pirela got one run back against Wandy Peralta with a leadoff homer in the eighth inning, giving him the first multi-homer game of his career. It was the only run the Reds bullpen allowed over the final 4 1/3 innings.
The game became a blowout in the bottom of the eighth when the Reds loaded the bases against Carter Capps in his Padres debut. Phil Maton replaced Capps, and his very first pitch was clobbered to right-center field by Kivlehan for his first grand slam in the big leagues.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Play at the plate: Clinging to a 3-2 lead, Adleman was in trouble in the fifth after Dusty Coleman's leadoff double and a Chacin sacrifice bunt. With the infield playing in, Manuel Margot hit a soft grounder up the middle that Cozart scooped up. Cozart quickly fired a dart to the plate for Tucker Barnhart, who successfully applied the tag as Coleman tried to score the tying run standing up.
"It was one of those where we called a curveball, so I'm anticipating him pulling the ball, honestly. Then he kind of capped it," Cozart said. "I knew they were going on contact. I knew I had to get rid of it really quick. So I just tried to get rid of it and get it around the plate, and Tucker made a good play."
Votto leaves mark at GABP: Votto's home run in the third inning was notable for multiple reasons. In addition to being No. 30 of the season and his third in three games, it was his 136th homer hit at Great American Ball Park -- snapping the brief tie he held with former teammate Jay Bruce for the most at the stadium, which opened in 2003. It was also career homer No. 251 for Votto, which tied him with Ted Kluszewski for fifth on the club's all-time list.
"Bye bye, Jay. He's a Met, who cares?" Votto joked.
"All the home runs were of the two-run variety and the grand-slam variety. A lot of that has to do with pitching yourself into trouble repetitively." -- Padres manager Andy Green
"I thought Adleman pitched well, too. We had a lead and he got into a little jam. The bullpen locked it down for us. We always talk about adding on jug runs -- that's what we call them. We try to put the game out of hand and make it easier on the pitchers. We did that tonight." -- Cozart, on the big offense supporting the bullpen's effort
SPEED IN CENTER
No one questions the wheels on the two center fielders in Cincinnati this week. But even by the standards of Billy Hamilton and Margot, they were flying on Monday night. Hamilton opened the bottom of the first with a triple, reaching third in 10.62 seconds. It tied the third fastest home-to-third time this season, with Hamilton occupying the first and second spots, too.
In the fourth, Margot tried to stretch a double into a triple, but he was thrown out on a nice relay by Scooter Gennett. Still, Margot went from home to third in 10.96 seconds, tied for the seventh-fastest time in the Majors this season.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres: Following his strong finish to the season's first half, Luis Perdomo has struggled lately, allowing at least four runs in each of his past four starts. On Tuesday, Perdomo faces the Reds for the second time, after beating them in June. First pitch is slated for 4:10 p.m. PT.
Reds: It will be rookie Sal Romano's turn to take the ball in Game 2 of the series at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Romano gave the Reds six innings with four runs allowed in a 6-0 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. He gave up most of his hits and all of the runs over the first three innings before settling in.