CINCINNATI (AP) — Aroldis Chapman's first failed pitch cost Cincinnati another one-run game.
Chase Headley homered in the ninth inning off Chapman, the first hit the hard-throwing lefty allowed since his return from being hit in the head by a line drive, and the San Diego Padres beat the Reds 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Padres got their season-high fourth straight win despite managing only three hits. Seth Smith had the only two hits that Mike Leake allowed in the first eight innings.
"He couldn't have pitched any better," manager Bryan Price said. "He was holding baserunners. He fielded his position. He did a little bit of everything."
Headley connected on a 99 mph fastball from Chapman (0-1), who was making his second appearance since undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose during a spring training game.
"One problem with a power pitcher is if somebody puts a good swing on it, they can do some damage on one pitch," catcher Brayan Pena said. "It was just one pitch. It's one of those things where you've got to give them some credit. Everybody's happy with the way he's throwing the baseball."
Joaquin Benoit (1-0) allowed a walk in the eighth. Huston Street got the last three outs for his 12th save in as many chances. Street hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 innings.
Smith was the NL's most recent player of the week and extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high. He's 19 for 34 during the streak.
The rest of San Diego's lowly offense didn't do much until Headley connected with two outs in the top of the ninth. The Padres came in last in the league in batting average and scoring.
Brandon Phillips had three of Cincinnati's seven hits, including an RBI single in the first inning. Cincinnati has 12 one-run losses, most in the majors.
"Those are what we're most upset about," Pena said. "We know we're better than that. Our starters are doing a tremendous job giving us a chance. Leake gave us more than we asked for. We couldn't hit for him today."
The Padres activated Carlos Quentin off the disabled list for the start of the series, moving their lineup closer to full strength. The outfielder missed the first 39 games with a bruised left knee. He went 3 for 18 during a minor league rehab stint and was 0 for 3 with a walk in his return.