The Padres and Reds combined for six home runs Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
San Diego’s Jose Pirela supplied two of those long balls with a two-run blast in the fourth and a solo shot in the eighth.
Unfortunately, the left fielder was a one-man show for the visitors, who lost 11-3 in front of a sparse Cincinnati crowd listed generously at just over 16,000 fans.
Joey Votto got the scoring started with a RBI single and a two-run homer in his first two plate appearances against Jhoulys Chacin.
Adam Duvall and Zach Cozart also went deep to help put the Padres in a 7-2 hole.
Pirela’s second homer cut the deficit to 7-3 but the Friars could not claw any closer.
Former Padre Patrick Kivlehan provided the knockout punch in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Kivlehan smoked a grand slam off of Padres rookie Phil Maton to cap the scoring and give Cincy its first win over San Diego this season.
The Friars swept a three-game series with the Reds in America’s Finest City back in June.
Chacin’s road struggles continued as he allowed five earned runs in six innings and saw his record drop to 11-8.
However, the right-hander still leads the Friars with 11 wins and 13 quality starts this season. Chacin had allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his previous 10 outings.
Pirela raised his batting average to .285. Carlos Asuaje (.301) provided two singles and Dusty Coleman (.300) added another base knock.
Wil Myers (.239) is still in a slump though as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Luis Perdomo takes the mound Tuesday for the Friars. The Reds will counter with Sal Romano.