Graves blows second ninth-inning lead in eight days

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Unbelievably, it happened again.

Exactly one week after the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen allowed the biggest ninth-inning comeback in St. Louis history, it let someone else pull off another that was more modest but no less maddening.

Ryan Klesko homered to start a four-run ninth inning and Dave Roberts had a run-scoring single in the 13th that sent the San Diego Padres to a 6-5 victory on Monday night.

"It's just one of those things," said closer Danny Graves, who blew a big ninth-inning lead for the second time in eight days. "When a team's struggling, you just can't catch that break. You make a bad pitch and the next thing you know, you lose that game."

Robert Fick's bases-loaded double off Graves completed the four-run rally that tied it at 5 and drew catcalls. The Padres then pulled out their seventh victory in eight games when Xavier Nady
doubled in the 13th off Matt Belisle (1-3) and Roberts singled up the middle with two outs, his only hit in six at-bats.

"I had a tough night," Roberts said. "I just had to keep grinding. It's a testament to this ballclub to come back. We've had a lot of adversity lately and played good ball."

Chris Hammond (4-0) allowed one hit in the 12th and Trevor Hoffman closed it out for his ninth save in 11 chances and his 402nd career save for San Diego.

Pitching on his 27th birthday, Aaron Harang gave up only three hits and a run in eight innings, the longest appearance by a Cincinnati starter this season. Even that wasn't enough margin for error for a bullpen that has blown its last four save chances.

"I feel bad for Harang," Graves said. "He pitched an unbelievable game. He probably wishes he'd have stayed in at the end so we would have stayed out."

Harang watched from the dugout as the Reds' setup man and closer let it unravel.

"You know, that's just the way our luck's going right now," Harang said.

Klesko started the comeback with a leadoff homer against Ryan Wagner in the ninth, his eighth. San Diego then loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk.

In came Graves, who has been booed loudly in every appearance the past eight days. Graves gave up two homers that capped the Cardinals' seven-run rally for a 10-9 victory a week earlier and then lashed out at fans for booing.

Graves got another rough reception from the crowd of 16,095 as he jogged in from the bullpen with his head down on Monday. Fick hit his third pitch, a hanging sinker, to the wall in left-center for a double that cleared the bases and tied it at 5.

"I don't ever remember facing Graves," Fick said. "I just didn't want to hit into a double play. He left a pitch up and I was lucky to hit it hard."

The bullpen's meltdowns have been a big factor in the Reds' slide -- 10 losses in the last 11 games.

Until Cincinnati's bullpen got involved, it appeared another big first inning off the Padres would be enough.

Ken Griffey Jr.'s run-scoring double started a four-run first inning off Jake Peavy, putting the Padres way behind for the second straight day. On Sunday, the Padres gave up 11 first-inning runs in a 15-5 loss in St. Louis.

Griffey's double off the wall in left-center started the scoring and extended his hitting streak to 13 games, his longest in five seasons with his hometown team. His career best is a 16-game streak in 1999, his last season with Seattle.

Harang has been the most consistent performer in the majors' most hittable rotation. Heading into the game, opponents were hitting .308 off Reds starters, the worst in the majors.

Harang has only one complete game in 65 career starts. He had thrown 115 pitches when manager Dave Miley decided to pinch-hit for him in the eighth with Cincinnati up 5-1.

Game notes
The Padres are 4-1 in extra innings. It was Cincinnati's first extra-inning game of the season. ... The five runs were the most this season off Peavy, whose ERA rose from 2.32 to 2.76. ... Padres pitcher Adam Eaton had a pinch-hit single in the 12th, but Klesko was thrown out at home while trying to score from second. ... Griffey also walked and singled twice. He is 18-for-53 (.340)
with three homers and 12 RBI during his hitting streak. ... A brown bat -- the flying kind -- darted through the infield and toured the outfield wall during the middle innings. ... The ballpark's fire alarm went off for several minutes in the bottom of the 12th,
setting off flashing lights and a siren. The umpires let play continue.