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Padres try to stretch win streak vs. Reds

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres target a fifth straight win when they resume a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

The Padres made it four straight wins with Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Reds in the series opener, as Chase Headley belted a solo home run with two out in the top of the ninth inning.

"Just one pitch," said Cincinnati catcher Brayan Pena of the ball Headley hit out. "We left it a little bit up, and it really cost us the game."

Seth Smith had two of San Diego's three hits and starting pitcher Andrew Cashner pitched well in the no-decision, allowing only a run in seven innings.

Huston Street closed the door in the ninth for his 12th save.

San Diego is 6-3 in its last nine games and will hand the ball to Ian Kennedy Wednesday. Kennedy is 2-4 in eight starts with a 3.12 ERA and did not receive a decision in last Thursday's 3-1 loss to Miami, as he permitted only one run in seven innings with 12 strikeouts.

Kennedy is 1-3 in his last four decisions and 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four career starts against Cincinnati.

The Reds have lost four of six games and closer Aroldis Chapman was dealt the loss for allowing Headley's game-changing home run.

Mike Leake pitched well in the no-decision and allowed just a run and two hits in eight innings of work.

"Leake couldn't have been any better," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "He had that really nice mix of sinker/cutter going, he was able to drop the breaking ball in there and change when he needed it. Just made pitch after pitch."

Brandon Phillips had three of Cincinnati's seven hits and drove in the lone run in the first inning.

Johnny Cueto gets the call for the Reds Wednesday and aims to build on his last start, which resulted in a no-decision versus Colorado. In the 4-3 win over the Rockies, Cueto gave up two runs in eight innings and struck out eight batters with only one walk.

Cueto has fanned at least eight batters in four of his last five starts and is 3-2 in eight outings with an MLB-leading 1.43 earned run average. The Reds are 4-1 in his last five trips to the hill and the right-hander will make his sixth career start against the Padres. He is 2-2 in the first five.

Cueto, who also leads the majors in innings pitched (63) and opponents' batting average (.138), has lasted at least eight innings in five straight appearances. He hasn't given up more than two runs in each outing.

Cincinnati and San Diego split six meetings a season ago.

05/14 10:44:28 ET