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Story by Liz Alper
Photo: Scooter Gennett's grand slam in the seventh kickstarted the Reds on the way to victory. Via @Reds on Twitter
August 10, 2017 (Cincinnati) - Waking up to a baseball game is one of summer’s simple pleasures. Until you remember that if the Padres lose this game, they’ll have forfeited the series to one of the worst teams in baseball, that is. Dinelson Lamet started against Luis Castillo for the Reds.
The Reds weren't sleepy. Tucker Barnhart doubled in the first to score two and the Reds took a 2-0 lead.
The Padres got one back in the fourth with a Wil Myers home run and in the fifth, Cory Spangenberg doubled to score Luis Torrens to tie the game. Jose Pirela gave the Padres the lead with a single to right that scored Spangenberg and the Friars were up 3-2.
But from then on, it was all Cincinnati. Scooter Gennett blasted a grand slam in the seventh, which was followed up by a Eugenio Suarez homer and the Reds were quickly up 7-3.
Two more home runs came in the eighth from Zack Cozart, who hit one good for two and Joey Votto, who hit a solo shot to give the Reds the final 10-3 win and the series win of 3-1.
The Padres come back to California and back to the NL West on Friday night for a weekend series in LA with the Dodgers. First pitch from Dodger Stadium is at 7:10 p.m. Clayton Richard starts against Rich Hill for the Dodgers.