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CIN@SF: Leake strikes out a career-high 12 batters

Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who has been out since June 6 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, will have his cast removed Tuesday.

"I'm anxiously awaiting [Gyorko's] return," manager Bud Black said. "We need [first baseman Yonder Alonso] back in there, too. We need those guys back in there to help us score runs."

Even though Gyorko has struggled when he was in the lineup -- he is currently batting .162 in 56 games -- the Padres are desperate for anything that could spark their offense.

After their 1-0 win Monday, the Padres wrapped up June with a .171 batting average -- the lowest monthly mark in Major League history.

This season, the Padres are hitting only .210. The record for lowest average in a season is .211, set by the dead-ball-era 1910 White Sox. The National League record is .213, which the 1908 Dodgers set.

Reds: Leake looks to continue Cincinnati's roll in hometown
Starter Mike Leake will square off against his hometown team, looking to continue the Reds' hot streak.

Leake, who was born in San Diego, will get the ball against the Padres on Tuesday in the second of three games at Petco Park.

Leake has faced the Padres four times in his career. His record is 0-1, but his ERA is 2.66. He's only made one start in San Diego -- a scoreless seven-inning outing on July 29 last season. The Reds only scored one run in the game, and Leake didn't get a decision.

The Reds may put some runs up for Leake this time around, though. They're in the midst of an 8-2 roll and are a half-game behind the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central.

"I think it was well-chronicled the slow start we got off on. Now we're playing so much better in June. June has been a good month for us," manager Bryan Price said.

"As we've gotten more whole and solidified our lineup, solidified our starting rotation and our bullpen, we've gotten better. I think we all knew we had a good team. We just needed to get healthy and get guys situated in the lineup where they would be most effective and get the consistent pitching from the rotation that we've gotten and been able to shut games here late. I think that's the reason for our success lately."

Padres: Kennedy overshadowed by no-hitter in last start
Starter Ian Kennedy didn't pitch badly in his last outing, but his counterpart, Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, did much better.

While Lincecum tossed a no-hitter, Kennedy gave up two runs through six innings before exiting midway through the seventh. He was charged with four earned runs as reliever Tim Stauffer allowed two inherited runners to score.

"The curveball was all right and the change came around later," Kennedy said after the loss. "But they have a good lineup over there."

Kennedy has lost his last three decisions and hasn't picked up a victory since June 4. In that span, his ERA has climbed from 3.39 to 4.01, where it sits entering his projected Tuesday start.

Worth noting:
• Reds utility man Skip Schumaker has played only 39 games this season, but he may get into the lineup Tuesday. Schumaker boasts a .391 career average (9-for-23) against Kennedy. Comments