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CIN@SF: Leake goes 3-for-4, stymies Giants over six

The Padres are coming home on a high note they're experiencing for the first time this season. Now they'll see if they can turn that good fortune into a spurt in their own home ballpark.

They finished a 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record, their first winning trip of the season. Their last came Aug. 24-26 of last year, when they swept a quick three-game series in Arizona. Their last winning trip of more than six games came June 25-July 4 of last year.

Now they'll play eight straight at home against some of baseball's best. The Reds come to town for a three-game set beginning Monday at Petco Park, followed by three against the Yankees and two against the Orioles.

It'll be San Diego righty Sean O'Sullivan looking for his first win of the year in his fourth appearance and third start on Monday. The San Diego native, signed as a Minor League free agent in December, went 7-4 with a 3.88 ERA with Triple-A Tucson.

He was called up July 12, and has a 4.73 ERA this season with the Padres. In his last outing, he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers. He walked three.

"I have been so good all year with balls in the strike zone," O'Sullivan said. "[The walks have] been very uncharacteristic of me. I'm not a big strikeout guy. Putting guys on base is not part of my game."

The Reds, 4-4 so far on this 11-game road trip, will counter on Monday with right-hander Mike Leake. He gave up a career-high 12 hits, but just one run in six-plus innings against the Giants his last time out. It resulted in his 10th win of the season. He also tied a career-high with three hits.

"I don't know if that combination's occurred too often," Leake said.

In the victory, Leake lowered his season ERA from 2.79 to 2.73.

Padres: Quentin on fire
• Carlos Quentin has driven in 20 runs this month, all of them coming in the last 19 games. He has six multi-RBI games in that span.

• Reliever Luke Gregerson had a 0.76 ERA (two earned runs in 23 2/3 innings) in his first 24 games of the season, through May 31. Since then, he's posted an ERA of 5.78 (12 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings).

Reds: A score of relievers with scoreless streaks
• The Reds have six pitchers who have not allowed a run in at least three consecutive appearances, and two who haven't allowed a run in double-digit appearances. J.J. Hoover has gone 14 appearances (17 innings) without allowing a run while Manny Parra has gone 19 appearances (15 1/3 innings). Both streaks date back to the St. Louis series in early June.

• Brandon Phillips is two RBIs shy of tying Adam Dunn for 14th on the Reds' all-time list. He's also two back of Jay Bruce on the franchise home run list. Bruce is 13th with 156, while Phillips is 14th with 154.

Worth noting
• Chase Headley hit .316 (12-for-38) on the Padres' recent road trip.

• The Reds are making their first road trip of the second half, and will have stopped at all three of the NL's West Coast cities. They went 1-3 against the Dodgers and 3-1 against the Giants. Comments