- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Paul Clemens doesn’t expect his sore back to cost him any playing time going forward.

The San Diego starter was pulled after 4 2/3 innings in his second start with the Padres, a 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

“I don’t think it’s anything to the point where I have to miss time,” he said.

Clemens (1-2) was forced to exit with lower back tightness. A waiver pickup from the Marlins, he was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk. He tied a career high with five strikeouts.

“I think he’s gonna be fine,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He was just kind of unable to shake it. He felt it in the fourth inning for the first time and felt it again. At that point in time I guess I thought better of leaving him in the game.”

Homer Bailey, a pitcher well-versed in injuries, was solid in his season debut. Bailey returned following forearm and elbow surgeries and worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, four hits and three walks. He dominated the Padres at one point, retiring 14 consecutive batters.

Limited to two starts last year, the right-handed Bailey was sharp as the Reds took the three-game series and completed their first winning road trip (4-2) since 2014.

Bailey (1-0), who has thrown two career no-hitters, recorded five of his six strikeouts over six batters during one stretch in the middle innings.

Tony Cingrani worked the ninth for his 13th save in 18 chances.

The Reds took a 2-1 edge in the second, thanks to some power from an unlikely source.

Eugenio Suarez singled and Jose Peraza followed with a home run into the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Co., building. The 424-foot shot was Peraza’s first of his career.

“The home run was tough, because I was still thinking about that at-bat prior,” Clemens said. “We have to find a way to clear that at-bat before it, and then focus back in instead of just laying something in there to an ambush hitter.”

The Padres loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but reliever Michael Lorenzen fanned Jabari Blash and Christian Bethancourt flied out.

The Padres closed the gap to 3-2 in the sixth, Bailey’s most stressful inning, when Alexi Amarista’s one-out single preceded three straight walks. Amarista was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch.

After the third walk to Blash, a disappointed Bailey let his guard down and Wil Myers swiped home without a throw. Bailey was then lifted after 89 pitches.

“I saw that (Bailey) would turn his back on a lot of close calls,” Myers said. “And I knew that if he walked (Blash) that he might turn his back again.”

Blake Wood relieved Bailey and retired Bethancourt looking to end the threat.


Padres: RHP Erik Johnson (right elbow) is expected to miss the rest of the season. While hoping to avoid surgery, his rehabilitation will linger into the offseason.


Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 5.95) will make his debut with the Padres against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Cosart, who was part of the deal which sent Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the Marlins, is making his fifth start of the season.

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