Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 13
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Game 2: Saturday, August 14
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Game 3: Sunday, August 15
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Padres 7

(63-54, 32-25 away)

Reds 2

(56-61, 31-27 home)

    1:15 PM ET, August 15, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: A. Eaton (8-10)

    L: L. Hudson (0-1)

    Eaton keeps Reds hitless for five innings

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- If Adam Eaton can't beat you with his arm, he can with his bat.

    Lately, the San Diego right-hander has been doing both.

    Eaton allowed two first-inning runs before throwing five shutout innings Sunday and drove in two runs in the Padres' 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    "That's two games in a row he's saved us with his bat," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's a good athlete. He's got a good swing and a really quick bat."

    Last Tuesday, while earning a win in the Padres' 8-6 win at Chicago, Eaton snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single off of Mark Prior. Eaton is hitting .213 this season.

    "I'm surprised he's not hitting higher than he is," Bochy said. "One day, he's going to win the batting title for pitchers."

    Eaton (8-10) gave up eight hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in six innings, and went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt.

    He doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Khalil Greene's two-run single that gave San Diego a 3-2 lead in the second inning. Eaton also greeted reliever John Riedling with a bases-loaded, two-run double down the left-field line on a full count in the sixth as the Padres opened up a 5-2 lead.

    "I was looking for a fastball," Eaton said. "I knew he wasn't going to walk the pitcher with the bases loaded."

    On the mound, Eaton got out of a jam in the third when he struck out major league home-run leader Adam Dunn and Wily Mo Pena with runners on first and third. He also fanned Dunn and Pena in the fifth with the bases loaded. Dunn disagreed with a called strike on a 2-1 count in the fifth during what turned out to be an 11-pitch at bat, including five foul balls with two strikes.

    "That was huge, but he pitched well," Dunn said. "He got us to swing at pitches we shouldn't have been swinging at."

    Added Bochy: "Eaton escaped. He pitched himself into a little trouble, but then he showed us the Eaton we know. He showed a lot when he kept his composure and got those two hitters out."

    Luke Hudson (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday to make his first career start Sunday, was roughed up for six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

    The Padres capitalized on an error by Dunn in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Mark Loretta doubled down the left-field line and moved to third when the ball caromed off the wall and got past Dunn on the warning track. Loretta scored on Phil Nevin's single.

    The Reds bounced back in the bottom of the inning with D'Angelo Jimenez's single and Sean Casey's 18th homer of the season -- and second in three games. Casey went 3-for-5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

    After Eaton's double in the sixth made it 5-2, the Padres added two more runs on Brian Giles's bases-loaded walk and Nevin's single.

    Game notes

    After going 15 games and 64 at-bats without a home run, Casey's homer was his second in three games ... Felipe Lopez's fifth-inning single extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games ... Loretta has hit in seven consecutive games ... The start was the 100th of Eaton's career ... Nevin made his first appearance at catcher since Aug. 9, 1999, when Miguel Ojeda was forced to leave the game in the middle of the sixth inning with a bruised left wrist after he was hit by a pitch ... Catcher Ramon Hernandez was back in San Diego with his wife, who delivered the couple's second child Saturday.

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