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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, in Cincinnati.

Padres’ 3 HRs beat Reds 6-1, split doubleheader

CINCINNATI – Rene Rivera hit the first of San Diego’s three homers, and Tyson Ross allowed three hits in seven innings Thursday night, leading the Padres to a 6-1 victory and a split of their doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds.

Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his second shutout in the opener of the day-night doubleheader, a 5-0 victory.

The Padres won their first series on the road this season, taking two of three. They have won five of their last six games, their best stretch of the season.

Ross (5-3) walked five batters – including three in the first inning – and struck out eight including Joey Votto three times.

Rivera hit a two-run homer off left-hander Jeff Francis (0-1), who was called up to make his Reds debut. Francis gave up three runs in five innings.

Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso hit solo shots off the bullpen, their first homers of the season. The three homers were San Diego’s season high.

In the opener, Cueto extended his season-opening streak of domination against a team that has been shut out more than any other in the majors – seven times.

San Diego came into the doubleheader last in the NL in batting average (.222) and runs (118). Cueto struck out eight, walked two and threw 116 pitches.

Cueto is the first Red to go at least seven innings in each of his first nine starts since Bucky Walters in 1944.

Brandon Phillips homered off Ian Kennedy (2-5) and Zack Cozart singled home two runs, part of a three-hit game for the shortstop.

The Reds got runners on first and third with two outs in the fifth, and Phillips connected for his third homer. In his last 11 games, Phillips is 14 for 39 with seven doubles, two homers and five multihit games.

Cozart snapped an 0-for-15 streak with runners in scoring position when he singled home two runs in the sixth. Kennedy gave up a season-high five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

San Diego’s Seth Smith singled in the opener, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. He sat out the second game. Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier singled in both games, extending his career-best streak to 14 games.

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