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
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
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.