The Reds had a chance to put a nice capper on the homestand. A victory in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader would have given them the doubleheader sweep, the series win and a winning homestand.

But they fell flat on their bats again in a disheartening, 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres before a crowd of 23,544 at Great American Ball Park.

That came on the heels of a heartening 5-0 win in the opener.

"It's very frustrating knowing that we should have won the series," third baseman Todd Frazier said, "knowing that we're a better team than what we put out there tonight. Just understanding that we're better than this. There's really no answer. It's just frustrating."

But the Reds haven't been able to gain any semblance of momentum over the last three weeks. Since getting to .500 on April 24, they are 7-10 and have won back-to-back games only once.

Again, it was an offensive failure that led to the loss. The Reds managed only three hits off Tyson Ross, a 27-year-old right-hander who came in with a 13-29 career record and a 4.13 ERA. Two of the three were infield hits.

The Reds have made a lot of pitchers look like aces this year. Consider:

It was ninth time the Reds have been held to one or no runs over the 39 games. They've been held to three or fewer 19 times.

The Reds came into the day having scored the second-fewest runs in the National League.

The biggest deficit they've overcome this year is two runs.