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MLB: San Diego 2, Cincinnati 1

July 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM   |   Comments

SAN DIEGO, July 30 (UPI) -- Chris Denorfia hammered a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, rallying the San Diego Padres over Cincinnati 2-1.

The Padres were trailing 1-0 in the ninth and facing fire-balling Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (3-4) when Yonder Alonso coaxed a lead-off walk.

Then Denorfia, pinch-hitting for Wil Venable, blasted the first pitch he saw over the fence and straightaway center field, handing the Padres a comeback triumph.

Luke Gregerson (5-5) was credited with the win after starter Sean O'Sullivan, Joe Thatcher and Nick Vincent had combined for eight scoreless innings for San Diego, which took the opener of a three-game series.

Reds starter Mike Leake got a no-decision after hurling seven shutout frames, during which he scattered four hits, walked two and fanned five.

Cesar Izturis provided Cincinnati's only RBI.

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