SAN DIEGO — Orlando Hudson more than made up for a botched bunt. He scored the tying run in the eighth inning and then hit a bases-loaded, opposite-field single with two outs in the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night that prevented a three-game sweep.
The victory came less than 24 hours after the Padres had numerous chances Tuesday night before losing 8-2 in 11 innings. They had runners on second and third with none out in the eighth, then had the bases loaded in the ninth and 10th. The Padres were 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position in the series.
"No matter how you get the win, it's a huge win after a tough couple of losses," Hudson said. "That's a good team over there. They've got good pitching, they've got good hitting, they've got a good bullpen. They've got a lineup that can swing it. The MVP in their lineup, you can't get out. Everything you throw him, he hits."
Hudson was referring to Joey Votto, the reigning NL MVP who had three hits to raise his average to .444.
With the score tied at 2, pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe started the winning rally with a one-out walk before advancing to third on Nick Hundley's hit-and-run single to right. Will Venable was intentionally walked to get to Jason Bartlett, who was hitting .133. Bartlett grounded to third baseman Juan Francisco, who threw to home for the force.
Hudson then hit the first pitch he saw from Nick Masset (0-3) over third baseman Juan Francisco's head and into left field for the win.
"He was the right guy in the right spot," said Manager Bud Black, who was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes and was replaced by bench coach Rick Renteria. "He jumped on a first-pitch fastball."
Masset has struggled so far this season.
"The ball is not going my way right now," he said. "I'm just trying to do what I can to get people out."
The Padres scored an unearned run without getting a hit in the eighth to tie it at 2. With Bartlett on second after a leadoff walk and a throwing error by reliever Aroldis Chapman, Hudson bunted, but it rolled right to Chapman, who threw out Bartlett at third. Hudson stole second and took third on catcher Ryan Hanigan's throw into center for Cincinnati's second error of the inning. He scored on Jorge Cantu's chopper to third.
"Definitely, I was frustrated. My manager asked me to get the bunt down. I didn't do my job. Also, I'm human, too. It's not going to happen 10 out of 10 times. But I was very frustrated," Hudson said. "I had to someway, somehow, get to second base and get in scoring position for the big boys behind me."
Heath Bell (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win.
Votto had three hits for the Reds, including an RBI double.
San Diego's Tim Stauffer allowed only one hit through three innings before getting in trouble in the fourth and falling behind 1-0. Votto hit a leadoff single to left, advanced to third on Jonny Gomes' single to center and scored when Francisco's grounder forced Gomes. Chris Heisey's double to left-center bounced over the fence, forcing Francisco to stop at third, and Ramon Hernandez was intentionally walked to load the bases before Stauffer retired the side.
"Kind of what cost us was the fact we had opportunities early in the game and didn't get anybody in," Manager Dusty Baker said. "Those things come back to haunt you. Plus, the late-inning walks hurt."
Travis Wood allowed one run and five hits in 62⁄3 innings, struck out five and walked three. He struggled in the seventh, when he loaded the bases with one out by allowing singles to Chase Headley and Chris Denorfia, and walking Rob Johnson.