Ha-Seong Kim’s three-run blast helps lift Padres past Reds

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Ha-Seong Kim broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run homer off Alex Young in the fifth inning Monday night to lead the San Diego Padres to an 8-3 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Kim’s homer came after the Reds lost a challenge on a tag play at second — and had no challenge remaining on a subsequent play at second.

Xander Bogaerts singled with one out in the fifth off Reds starter Luke Weaver (0-2) to set a Padres record by reaching base in 30 straight games to start a season. Young then replaced Weaver and gave up a single to right by Matt Carpenter.

Cincinnati right fielder Henry Ramos threw behind Bogaerts and nearly caught the Padres shortstop diving back into second. The Reds challenged the safe call by second base umpire Jeremie Rehak, but the appeal was denied — leaving the Reds without an appeal. Young then apparently picked Bogaerts off second. But the call was again “safe” and the Reds couldn’t appeal.

After Jake Cronenworth lined out to second, Kim lined a 2-and-2 breaking ball into the seats in left. It was the first homer allowed by Young in 41 2/3 innings dating back to Sept. 7, 2021.

Blake Snell (1-4) gave up three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in six innings to earn his first win of the season. The game marked only the 12th time in Snell’s career that the left-hander worked at least six innings without issuing a walk.

Domingo Tapia struck out two in two perfect innings to earn his first save.

The Padres took a quick 2-0 lead in the first on Juan Soto’s two-run double off Weaver. The Reds tied the game in the third on a two-run double by Stuart Fairchild and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a 394-foot solo homer by Nick Senzel to left.

It was the third homer of the season by Senzel, who was named the National League Player of the Week earlier in the day.

The Padres tied the game at 3-3 on back-to-back doubles by Kim and Trent Grisham in the bottom of the fourth.

Weaver gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.

The Padres scored two in the bottom of the eighth on Manny Machado’s bases-loaded single off Reiver Sanmartin.

–Field Level Media

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