Former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose, left, speaks alongside Reds greats Johnny Bench, center, and Tony Perez during a ceremony to retire his No. 14 before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jo
John Minchillo
June 26, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) The only thing missing from Pete Rose's gala was a win by the Reds. Their top starter took care of it.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched eight innings and singled with the bases loaded on Sunday, helping Cincinnati wrap up its weekend dedicated to the hits king with a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Playing in front of a third straight sellout crowd, the Reds got everything they needed from DeSclafani.

''Eight shutout innings - what a lift for the team,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''That's a lift for all of us.''

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.

''That was probably my favorite part of the day,'' DeSclafani said. ''Pitchers will always take hits, especially with guys on base.''

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.

''Overall it was a good weekend,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''It was enjoyable for me but when you're managing a big league club, you don't walk away from losing a game and feel much joy in the aftermath. I'll reflect on the weekend much more favorably as time passes.''


The Padres are 25-20 all-time at Great American Ball Park, where they've won five of their last seven games. Overall, they're 12-4 against the Reds in the last three seasons, winning all five of their series.


The Reds were the last NL team to get a shutout. Minnesota is the only team left without one this season. The Padres were blanked for the 11th time, most in the majors.


The Angels claimed Reds reliever J.C. Ramirez off waivers. He last pitched Friday during Cincinnati's 13-4 loss.


Padres: LF Melvin Upton Jr. was hit on the wrist by a pitch in the second inning but stayed in the game.

Reds: 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.


Padres: After a day off, RHP Erik Johnson (0-3, 9.82 ERA) opens a home series against Baltimore. It'll be his fourth start for the Padres, who acquired him along with Fernando Tatis Jr. from the White Sox on June 4 for RHP James Shields.

Reds: 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.


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