Edinson Volquez got the better of his former team as the Padres beat the Reds in Cincinnati.
It didn't look good early for the Padres. After one inning they were down 3-0 to the division leaders who had won ten straight. But a five run second and a four run fourth inning put the Padres up for good.
In the second Alonzo doubled off Cincinnati starter Mike Leake. The Fallbrook native retired only five batters before getting the hook. Along with Alonzo's double the Padres added three hits and a couple of walks as the Padres sent ten batters to the plate in the inning.
The third was more of the same. Eight batters later the Padres had another four runs.
Volquez pitched five innings for the win and improve his record to 7-7. Carlos Quentin homered in the eighth. He now has ten on the season.
The number 11 was scattered throughout the box score. Reds pitchers walked eleven. The Padres scored 11 runs, matching their season high. The 11 runs equaled the most given up by Cincinnati in 2012. The Padres also had eleven hits. If the Reds had won it would have been 11 straight, just one shy of a team record.
Game two of the four game series is Tuesday. First pitch at The Great American Ballpark is set for 4:10 PDT.