The Padres escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to secure a 3-2 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati Monday night.
Eric Lauer got the start for the Friars and allowed just one run, albeit over only four innings. Luis Perdomo followed with two scoreless frames; Trey Wingenter and Craig Stammen followed with scoreless innings of their own.
Kirby Yates picked up his 36th save of the season in the ninth, but it certainly didn’t come easy. He allowed an RBI single to Josh VanMeter that brought the Reds within one, then loaded the bases by plunking Jose Iglesias. He recovered by punching out Eugenio Suarez to end the game with the bases juiced.
Offensively, Francisco Mejía stayed red-hot, clanking his seventh homer of the season off the right-field foul pole. Earlier in the game, Manny Machado continued his ownership of former American League foe Trevor Bauer by lacing a 3-0 fastball into center for an RBI single.
Prior to the Yates earned run in the ninth, the Padres bullpen had strung together 12 consecutive scoreless frames.
The Pads and Reds will be back in action at Great American Ballpark Tuesday night, with Cal Quantrill and Sonny Gray set to get the ball for their respective clubs. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM.