Reds retire Pete Rose's number, finally beat Padres 3-0
Joe Kay, Associated Press
3:59 PM, Jun 26, 2016
1:56 PM, Jun 27, 2016
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Anthony DeSclafani pitched eight innings and singled with the bases loaded on Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Reds wrap up their weekend dedicated to Pete Rose with a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Until Sunday, the only thing missing from the hit king gala was a win. The Reds' top starter took care of it in front of Cincinnati's third straight sellout crowd.
DeSclafani (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out five, and didn't allow a runner to reach second base. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth inning off Luis Perdomo (2-3). His first hit of the season snapped an 0-for-48 slump by Reds pitchers.
Jay Bruce hit his 17th homer, and Tucker Barnhart doubled home a run as the Reds avoided a four-game sweep. Tony Cingrani retired the side in the ninth for his ninth save in 14 chances, completing Cincinnati's first shutout of the season.
The Reds' three days of nostalgia started with a tribute to the 1976 World Series championship team on Friday night. Rose was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Rose's No. 14 was formally retired before the game on Sunday, joining nine other Reds' numbers displayed behind home plate at Great American Ball Park. The hits king used the occasion to ask fans to keep supporting the current Reds, who lost 98 games last season.
The last-place team was outscored 23-8 while losing the first three games of the series. For one day, the Reds played up to their illustrious past.
The Padres were trying to pull off their first four-game sweep of Cincinnati. They couldn't do much against DeSclafani in his fourth start since returning from a strained oblique that he suffered during spring training.
DeSclafani picked off a runner, and the Reds caught two others trying to steal, limiting an offense that has been the NL's most prolific in June. The Padres came in averaging 5.74 runs per game in the month. DeSclafani left after throwing a season-high 117 pitches.
The Angels claimed Reds reliever J.C. Ramirez off waivers on Sunday. He last pitched Friday during Cincinnati's 13-4 loss.
CF Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup but pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded out. Since returning from a concussion, he is 6 for 32 in nine games.
Dan Straily (4-4, 3.83 ERA) opens a series against the Cubs and Jake Arrieta (11-2, 1.74 ERA), who returns to the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter on April 21.