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Sunday, August 11th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (53-63) at Cincinnati Reds (64-52), 1:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Ian Kennedy (4-8, 5.14) Cincinnati - Mike Leake (10-5, 2.94)

(Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres try to notch back-to-back wins for the first time since late July when they take the field at Great American Ball Park versus the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon.

Currently 13 games out of contention in the National League West and sitting in fourth place in the standings, the Padres have won just three times in their last eight games, following what had been a four-game win streak. During that last successful run in July, two of the victories came against this same Cincinnati club, a feat the team hopes to repeat this afternoon.

On Saturday San Diego snapped a three-game slide with a 3-1 triumph in the middle contest of a three-game set. Starting pitcher Tyson Ross had control of the game for the most part, allowing just a single run on four hits over seven innings. In picking up his third win of the campaign, Ross also struck out six and managed to work around four bases-on-balls.

"I started getting in grooves and just getting on the same page as (catcher Nick Hundley) and executing pitches," Ross said of his effort. "That will happen every now and then, but the key was the defense picking me up."

Huston Street came on in the ninth, fanning a pair, as he collected his 22nd save of the season.

The Padres got by with a mere four hits, two by Will Venable, who delivered his 15th home run and scored twice for the visitors.

Cincinnati also registered just four hits in the outing, but at the same time committed four errors. After Brandon Phillips' single to right scored Shin-Soo Choo in the bottom half of the first, the Reds were barely heard from the rest of the way.

Tony Cingrani started for the Reds, giving up two unearned runs on just two hits and a couple of walks, while fanning five through five innings as he absorbed the loss.

"Frustrating game," said Cincinnati third baseman Jack Hannahan, who was charged with three of his team's errors. "I don't get a lot of starts. You get one and have a game like this, of course, it gets magnified. But it's baseball. I'm going to come back ready to work tomorrow and help the team win."

Attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than two months, Ian Kennedy steps to the hill for the Padres today. The right-hander, who came over from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a recent trade, won his San Diego debut a week ago in a 6-3 decision over the New York Yankees.

In that meeting Kennedy permitted two runs on four hits, but also walked four, as he struck out six in 5 2/3 innings. It was the hurler's first win since early June, snapping a five-game slide in the process.

Although he is just 1-5 on the road, Kennedy has performed well against the Reds in his career, sporting a 3-0 record with a minuscule 1.27 ERA in three appearances.

Set to counter for Cincinnati is Mike Leake. The right-hander, who was born in San Diego, clashed with the Padres as recently as July 29, pitching seven shutout innings but failing to factor into the decision.

In his subsequent start, Leake went up against the St. Louis Cardinals last weekend and this time was thumped as he gave up seven runs on eight hits and a couple of walks in just five innings. The defeat was the first in nearly a month for the Arizona State product.

In two career appearances against his hometown team, Leake is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA over the course of 8 2/3 innings.

San Diego had won just two games against the Reds in each of the last two seasons, but now the Padres are ahead in this year's series by a count of 3-2 thanks to yesterday's victory.

08/11 10:27:46 ET

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
12:00pm Today
UWGB
ECU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
LAC
 
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
Final
OKC 86
GSW 91
1st OT
LAL 92
DEN 96
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
LAC
 
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CLE
ORL
 
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PHI
POR
 
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TOR
PHO
 
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HOU
NYK
 
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DAL
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UTA
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GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
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UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
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FAIR 80
SD 72
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EMICH 79
LONG 48
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ND 74
PROV 75
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
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DEN 80
COPST 54
 
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UAB 58
JST 50
 
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WICHS 105
NWM 57
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OKLA 90
NWST 68
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KSU 59
YALE 66
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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
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CIN 54
EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
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LATU 76
PBY 48
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RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
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SAMF 64
UMKC 55
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NAVY 70
BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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UNT 58
IONA 78
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KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
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UCF 76
USCU 69
 
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SCAR 63
AKR 68
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WVU 78
UCONN 68
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CALST 70
DEL 52
 
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HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
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OSU 106
SHU 48
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VANDY 78
TENST 46
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NE 65
MAN 51
Final
COLST 75
MERC 62
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MISS 80
NARZ 74
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WASH 76
PAC 69
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LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
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CHAR 58
MIAMI 77
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GAELS 72
UCI 69
Final
ILLST 64
ODU 45
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UCLA 77
LBSU 63
 
2nd
SEAT 53
MONT 52
 
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ECU
 
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WEBER
NEV
 
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EVAN
 
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CLEM
 
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UGST
 
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MDES
 
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GRAM
 
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WIN 2
STL 4
Final
NYR 5
MON 0
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ANA 2
ARI 1
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VAN 4
CHI 1
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NYI
PHI
 
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BOS
PIT
 
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FLA
MIN
 
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HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
Final
NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
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SFX 17
WAS 13
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NYG 28
DAL 31
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
NYJ
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BAL