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Juan Soto, Manny Machado hit back-to-back homers in Padres win

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CINCINNATI — Sometimes you need your big guys to get big hits.

The Padres did Saturday, and as a result, their season-high six-game losing streak is over. Juan Soto and Manny Machado went back-to-back in a four-run sixth inning en route to a 12-5 Padres win at Great American Ball Park.

Soto’s homer, his 15th, was a three-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie. It was Machado’s 10th. Both left the bat at 104.2 mph. Machado added a two-run homer in the seventh.

Michael Wacha, who signed a free-agent deal this off-season, did what he’s always done against the Reds: dominate. After missing his last start with shoulder fatigue, Wacha went five innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out four. Wacha came in 12-3 with a 2.57 ERA career against the Reds.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the third when Trent Grisham led off with a walk and stole second. Two outs later, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a standing double to bring Grisham in.

In the bottom of the frame, Tyler Stephenson led off with a walk. Two outs later, Matt McLain hit a line drive right at center fielder Grisham, who broke in, and the ball went over his head for an RBI double.

Austin Nola led off the sixth with a single, bringing the Reds to replace lefty Brandon Williamson with righty Buck Farmer. The Padres then got a break. Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz missed trying to scoop Ha-Seong Kim’s ground ball, and the runners were safe. Then Soto and Machado hit their home runs.

The Padres scored five more in the seventh.

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