Padres' HR streak comes to a halt in loss

Padres' HR streak comes to a halt in loss

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds shut out the Padres 6-0 Friday night, and ended San Diego's 25-game home run streak in the process, thanks to a six-inning start from Brandon Finnegan followed by three scoreless innings from Michael Lorenzen and Blake Wood.

The shutout was just the third of the season for the Reds, who also blanked the Padres on June 26 -- just one game before San Diego started its NL-tying streak of consecutive games with a homer.

It's ironic that Cincinnati is the team to bookend a home run stretch of this nature, given that the Reds have allowed 170 home runs this season (the most in the Majors) and are on pace to shatter the single-season record of 241 homers allowed, held by the 1996 Tigers.

"I was aware of it," said Reds manager Bryan Price of the streak. "I didn't think about it until you just said it right there. It's been a national story. It's not just a local story."

The Padres haven't thought about it as much as you might think, as the team has gone just 11-14 during its span.

"I think I said the other day, it's a borderline fluke," said Padres manager Andy Green. "I don't think you get too caught up in that, you just try to square the baseball up as often as you can.

"And we were able to do that for a long stretch. It would have been nice to continue hitting home runs. It's a lot better than getting shut out, that's for sure."

The stretch of 25 games was the longest since the 2002 season when the Texas Rangers homered in a Major League record 27-straight games. During that stretch, Alex Rodriquez hit 16 home runs and Rafael Palmeiro hit 10.

The Padres were led by Ryan Schimpf with nine homers and Matt Kemp right behind him with seven during that stretch.

"It's really a team thing," said Wil Myers, who homered three times during the streak. "It's an incredible feat for us. That's something I've never been apart of. To be here for that was pretty special.

"The thing I liked about what's going on with this team is it's not one guy, it's not two guys, it's the whole team. I've been excited just to see our guys play these last two months."

Myers said that Finnegan was effectively wild Friday night, making it difficult to zone in. Finnegan, for his part, wasn't even aware of San Diego's streak while he was on the mound, and used 90 pitches to strike out five batters and surrender just four hits.

"I didn't [know about it] until I came out of the game," Finnegan said. "But I'm glad we ended it."

Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.