CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake didn’t even last two innings. Catcher Devin Mesoraco got ejected and bumped an umpire on the way out. The pitching staff walked a season-high 11 batters in all.
One of the longest streaks in Reds history ended with a lot of ugliness.
Will Venable drove in four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple Monday night, and the San Diego Padres ended Cincinnati’s 10-game winning streak with an 11-5 victory that left the Reds with a bad taste.
“It seemed like we were dragging,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It was a bad night for everybody. We haven’t been blown out in a long time.”
The Reds were trying to extend only the eighth double-digit winning streak in franchise history. The 1939 and 1957 clubs share the franchise record with 12 straight wins.
Not even close.
Leake (4-7) retired only five batters in the shortest start of his career. The Reds’ 11 walks were their most in a nine-inning game since 2004. Mesoraco was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, then poked a finger at plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s chest protector and bumped him before leaving.
The rookie catcher faces a suspension.
“I think, first and foremost, the game wasn’t going the way we hoped and there was some frustration there,” Mesoraco said. “I disagreed with his calls throughout the game. You saw what happened next.
“Frustration got the best of me and I lost my cool. You want to stand up for your pitcher. I’m not perfect by any means.”
Former Reds played starring roles in stopping their streak. Edinson Volquez (7-7) got the win, and Yonder Alonso tied a Padres record with three doubles.
“It’s very special,” Alonso said about his return to Great American Ball Park. “This was my home at one point and I was excited. The guys here were great. They showed me the way.”
The former Reds reminded their old team what it feels like to get knocked around. They had a lot of help from the rest of the lineup, too.
Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs for the Padres, who matched their season high for runs. The 11 runs equaled the most allowed by Cincinnati this season.
The NL Central leaders had a lot of things go their way during the 10-game streak, which matched the New York Yankees for longest in the majors this season. After a fast start Monday, everything came apart.
The Reds lost for only the third time in their last 20 games. They’ve gone 11-3 since first baseman Joey Votto learned he needed surgery on his left knee, sidelining him for about a month.
The package of players they traded away last December helped end the streak.
Cincinnati sent four players to the Padres for starter Mat Latos, a move that solidified the rotation. All four got into the game — Volquez went five innings, Alonso started at first, Yasmani Grandal was behind the plate and Brad Boxberger relieved Volquez. Boxberger was called up from the minors earlier in the day.
Cincinnati essentially gave up on Volquez after four inconsistent seasons, but he has steadied himself with San Diego. The right-hander pitched well against his former team on July 5, allowing only one run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory.
He had a tougher time in the rematch, giving up five runs in five innings, including solo homers by Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce.
Volquez hadn’t allowed five earned runs in any of his last six starts. His record was more a reflection of the Padres’ lack of offense. They averaged only 2.59 runs when he was on the mound, the lowest run support in the majors.
No problem this time.
Leake threw 32 pitches in the second and retired only two of the nine batters he faced. San Diego sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs, with Leake walking three to keep it going. Venable singled home a run, and Quentin’s two-run single made it 5-3 and ended the shortest outing of Leake’s career after 49 pitches, only 25 of them strikes.
“I felt good. I felt fine,” Leake said. “That one inning, I couldn’t throw the ball where I wanted it.”
Reliever Alfredo Simon also had trouble throwing strikes. He walked two in the third inning, and Venable’s bases-loaded triple made it 8-3. Venable scored on Simon’s wild pitch.
NOTES: Alonso has nine multi-double games this season, a club record. ... Grandal left in the second inning after straining muscles in his right side on a hard swing. He’ll be evaluated again today. ... The Padres put LH reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right knee. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup. He left Sunday’s game with a cramp in his left calf. ... Scott Rolen’s RBI single extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games.
BRAVES 8, MARLINS 2
ATLANTA — Jason Heyward homered and scored three runs and the Atlanta Braves snapped a string of 16 straight losses on Mondays, including 12 this season, by beating the Miami Marlins 8-2 Monday night.
Starting pitcher Tommy Hanson was the only Atlanta player or coach who did not wear high socks in an apparent attempt to end the Monday curse.
Hanson (12-5) had his pants low to his shoes as he gave up one run on six hits in five innings. The Braves, coming off a three-game sweep of the Phillies, have won six straight.
The Braves won on a Monday for the first time since Aug. 22, 2011, a 3-0 win at the Cubs.
Atlanta, a season-best 14 games over .500, trails first-place Washington by 3 1/2 games in the NL East.
Miami left-hander Mark Buehrle (9-10) gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings. He needs one win for his 12th straight season with at least 10 wins.
METS 8, GIANTS 7, 10 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO — Scott Hairston hit his second homer of the game, connecting in the 10th inning to send New York past reeling San Francisco.
The Giants have lost five in a row, all at home. They lead the NL West by one percentage point over the Dodgers.
Hairston hit a two-run homer in the eighth as the Mets scored four times for a 6-4 lead. Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz had RBI doubles in the Giants’ ninth to tie it.
After Hairston’s solo homer in the 10th the Mets scored again on an error. The Giants got a run in their half before Manny Acosta earned his first save.
Santiago Casilla (4-5) took the loss. Josh Edgin (1-0) got his first major league victory.
CUBS 14, PIRATES 4
CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney hit three-run homers to power Chicago to its highest-scoring game of the season.
Starlin Castro added a two-run shot and reached base four times as the Cubs won for the 11th time in their last 13 games at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo’s shot off Erik Bedard (5-12) keyed a nine-run fifth inning, Chicago’s biggest burst of the year.
Rizzo leads all NL rookies with a .330 average, eight homers and 20 RBIs since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa on June 26.
Justin Germano (1-1) gave up two runs over five innings for his first win since Aug. 28, 2007, when he beat Arizona while with San Diego.
BREWERS 8, ASTROS 7
MILWAUKEE — Cody Ransom’s homer capped a four-run burst in the eighth inning and Milwaukee held off Houston after firing bullpen coach Stan Kyles.
The Brewers dismissed Kyles before the game, then watched their shaky relievers barely preserve this victory.
Milwaukee scored four times in the seventh for a 4-3 edge, but the Astros tied it in the eighth against Livan Hernandez (4-1). Ransom’s three-run shot gave the Brewers an 8-4 lead in the bottom half before Houston rallied for three runs in the ninth against Kameron Loe and John Axford.
Axford got J.D. Martinez to ground out with runners at the corners for his 17th save in 24 chances.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES — Chris Johnson hit a grand slam in his first game with Arizona and Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run shot in the first inning — both off Aaron Harang — in the victory over Los Angeles.
Trevor Cahill (9-9) allowed a run and six hits over six innings with four strikeouts and three walks.
Johnson, acquired Sunday in a trade with Houston, started at third base and gave the D-backs a 7-0 lead with his second career slam. It followed a two-out intentional walk to lefty-swinging Miguel Montero, who was 8 for 15 lifetime against Harang — and had reached base safely in 18 of his previous 24 at-bats.
ANGELS 15, RANGERS 8
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kendrys Morales homered from both sides of the plate during a nine-run sixth inning, capping the burst with a grand slam that sent the Los Angeles Angels romping past the Texas Rangers 15-8 Monday night.
Morales became the third switch-hitter in major league history to homer as a lefty and righty in the same inning. Carlos Baerga did it for Cleveland in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn of the Chicago Cubs duplicated the feat in 2002.
The Angels won the opener of the four-game series and closed within four games of AL West-leading Texas.
Morales connected for a two-run shot in the sixth as a lefty off Texas starter Roy Oswalt that put the Angels ahead 5-3. Morales then hit a grand slam off Robbie Ross from the right side.
ATHLETICS 4, RAYS 3, 15 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly in the 15th inning and the Oakland Athletics outlasted Tampa Bay.
Weeks was 0 for 7 when he came up against the Rays’ five-man infield. He lofted a fly ball and Brandon Inge easily beat the throw home from center fielder B.J. Upton.
The game lasted 5 hours, 9 minutes and ended at 12:17 a.m.
Inge hit a leadoff single against Kyle Farnsworth (0-3) and was sacrificed to second. Seth Smith was intentionally walked, and Eric Sogard also walked to load the bases. The Rays then moved right fielder Ben Zobrist to the infield in hopes of getting a double play.
Brandon Hicks homered for the A’s, who have a major league-leading 12th walkoff wins this season.
Jordan Norberto (3-1) pitched one inning for the win as Oakland improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games this season. The A’s won despite striking out an Oakland record 21 times.
RED SOX 7, TIGERS 3
BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking homer and drove in three runs to support Clay Buchholz’s eight solid innings in leading Boston to its third straight win.
The Red Sox opened a 10-game homestand — their longest of the season — after taking two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.
Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer and Carl Crawford added an RBI triple for Boston.
Austin Jackson began the game with a homer and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single for the Tigers, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Buchholz (9-3) allowed two earned runs and five hits, improving to 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his last eight starts.
Max Scherzer (10-6) gave up five runs in 6 1-3 innings, striking out nine.
ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK — Nick Markakis drove in two runs, backing a solid outing by rookie Miguel Gonzalez, and Baltimore held on to beat struggling New York.
Gonzalez (3-2) cruised through 6 2-3 innings, giving up just four hits and two runs before he was chased by consecutive homers from Eric Chavez and Ichiro Suzuki that made it 5-4.
Suzuki had a chance to tie it with two runners on in the ninth against Orioles closer Jim Johnson, but grounded into a fielder’s choice. Johnson earned his 31st save of the season.
Wilson Betemit homered for Baltimore in the third off Freddy Garcia (4-5), who tied a season high by allowing nine hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.
TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 6
MINNEAPOLIS — Jamey Caroll’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning scored Alexi Casilla and sent Minnesota to its fourth straight win.
Denard Span had two hits and two spectacular catches in center field for the Twins, and Danny Valencia added three hits and two RBIs.
A.J. Pierzynski homered in his first game after missing five with a strained oblique, and Alejandro De Aza returned from a wrist injury and matched a career high with four hits for the White Sox.
After Valencia led off the ninth with a single off reliever Brett Myers (0-1), Pierzynski’s throw to first after fielding Brian Dozier’s bunt sailed into right field, allowing each runner to move up.
Carroll followed with a fly ball to right, allowing Casilla to slide in with the winning run ahead of Alex Rios’ throw.
MARINERS 4, BLUE JAYS 1
SEATTLE — Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a career-high 13 and Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had two hits apiece to help Seattle win its fifth straight.
Iwakuma (2-2) struck out Rajai Davis three straight times after allowing Davis’ first career leadoff homer, which gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
Iwakuma’s 13 strikeouts broke the Mariners’ rookie record of 12 previously shared by Mark Langston, Randy Johnson and Freddy Garcia. Iwakuma threw eight innings, allowed four hits and walked three.
Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-8) lost his seventh consecutive start, giving up eight hits and three earned runs over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.