SAN DIEGO -- Orlando Hudson was asked what his mindset was when he got to the plate Wednesday night with the bases loaded and two outs in a 2-2 game in the bottom of the ninth.
"I just wanted to have a quality at-bat, put the ball in play and make something happen," he said.
Hudson did all that when he swung at the first pitch from reliever Nick Masset (0-3), as he ripped an opposite-field single down the left-field line. Nick Hundley scored and the Padres rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Reds, 3-2, at PETCO Park.
Asked if it was "a pretty good win for the guys," Hudson replied, "No, a great win for us, a great win; not pretty good, a great win. We just lost two tough games, so to win one like this at home -- you hope it is a momentum changer."
"It was a great way to start a road trip after a couple losses they were tight games in which we just couldn't get the key hit," said Heath Bell , who got his first win of the season with a scoreless ninth.
"It was really tough, especially last night, and tonight for us still not to hang our heads down and go out there and just keep plugging away, and we finally got a couple of big key hits there."
One of those key hits was delivered in the ninth by Hundley, who lined a one-out, hit-and-run single to right to send Brad Hawpe, who had walked, over to third. After Hundley's hit, Masset intentionally walked Will Venable to load the bases.
It looked like the strategy might work, as Masset got Jason Bartlett to ground into a force out at home for the second out.
But Hudson came up to the plate and did his magic.
"I knew I had to make up for the last at-bat," said Hudson, who tried to sacrifice Bartlett over to third in the eighth inning, but his bunt was picked up by Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman, who threw to third for the out.
"I've never been in so many one-run games," said Hudson. "I'm not a 100-RBI guy, so I know, in my place, I have to get the guy over there, and I didn't do the job. I am glad I got another chance."
The Padres were dazzled by Reds starter Travis Wood, who pitched into the seventh. San Diego trailed 2-0 after six, but rallied to tie the game with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Hundley scored San Diego's first run in the seventh. And the Padres scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth on a fielder's choice by Jorge Cantu that scored Hudson. Hudson had reached on a fielder's choice, then stole second and went to third on catcher Ryan Hanigan's errant throw into center field.
Up until the late-game heroics by the Padres, the game's focus had been on Padres manager Bud Black and home-plate umpire Angel Herandez.
It was at the end of the fourth inning -- when the Reds had taken a 1-0 lead -- that Black was ejected from the game by Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes on more than one occasion.
Joey Votto, who had three hits, and Jonny Gomes opened the fourth with back-to-back singles, with Votto going to third on Gomes' hit. Juan Francisco's fielder's choice scored Votto. Chris Heisy then hit a ground-rule double, and Ramon Hernanez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Padres starter Tim Stauffer got Paul Janish on an infield popup, and then struck out his counterpart, Wood, to end the inning.
It was on the pitch before Wood was caught looking that Black took exception to a curve that was called a ball. On the next pitch, a called third stike, Henrnadez rung up Wood and then took his mask off and ejected Black.
"There were pitches from my vantage point that were a little bit questionable," said Black. "I had to get his attention."
Asked if it was frustration over the struggling Padres offense, Black replied, "no frustration, just competitive. That's the game and that's how it's played."
Bench coach Rick Renteria took over for Black and played a key role in the ninth-inning rally, as he put on the hit-and-run with Hawpe at first and Hundley at the plate.
"It was a good hitting situation," said Renteria. "Hawpe isn't that swift of foot. But if we get him going and stay out of the double play, maybe the ball finds a hole, and fortunately it did."
Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.