Sunday, April 27, 2003

Reds 7, Padres 5

By The Associated Press

Kearns Austin Kearns, left, returns to first as San Diego Padres’ Ryan Klesko catches a pickoff throw in the eighth inning.
(AP photo)
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Paul Wilson got his first win for Cincinnati, overcoming a pair of home runs by Ryan Klesko to lead the Reds over the San Diego Padres 7-5 today.

Wilson (1-2) also gave up a solo homer to Ramon Vazquez but still beat San Diego for the first time in six career decisions. Wilson allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, and Scott Williamson pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Wilson hadn't won a game since last Aug. 19, when he beat the Orioles 7-3 at Camden Yards for Tampa Bay.

Cincinnati moved out of last place in the NL Central for the first time since April 14. The Reds took two of three to win a homestand for the first time in the brief history of Great American Ball Park, which opened this season.

Brooks Lawrence (2-3) gave up seven runs - five earned - and six hits in 4 1-3 innings. He didn't walk a batter in his previous two starts - losing both - but struggled with his control against Cincinnati, walking six and hitting a batter.

Klesko homered to put San Diego ahead in the first, but the Reds took a 2-1 lead in the second on two-out RBI doubles by Felipe Lopez and Kelly Stinnett.

Lawrence forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Sean Casey in the fourth, but San Diego tied it in the fifth on solo homers by Vazquez and Klesko, his third in two days and sixth this season. Klesko is 6-for-12 with four homers in his career against Wilson.

The Reds used two errors to break open the game in a four-run fifth. Aaron Boone reached on Vazquez's throwing error starting the inning. Adam Dunn walked and Lopez bunted, with Lawrence throwing away the ball for an error that allowed Boone to score from second.

Stinnett was intentionally walked, and Wilson's sacrifice fly made it 5-3.

Reliever Brandon Villafuerte hit Ryan Freel, reloading the bases, Jose Guillen hit an RBI single and Casey had a run-scoring grounder.

Rondell White hit his seventh homer of the season in the eighth inning.

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