CINCINNATI (AP) — Francisco Mejia felt nervous in the early innings of his first game behind the plate for the Padres. All he needed was one swing to settle in.Mejia hit a solo homer and a three-run shot during his first start as the team’s up-and-coming catcher on Thursday night http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , leading San Diego to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Mejia connected on his first two swings against Luis Castillo (8-12) for his first homers in the majors . The 22-year-old prized prospect was called up Tuesday as the Padres get him ready for a bigger role next season.He made quite a debut.“Two really good swings, loud contact both ways,” manager Andy Green said. “They tried to sneak a couple fastballs by him, and he’s proven really quickly he can hit a fastball. He did a nice job behind the plate, too. He’s literally getting a crash course on every reliever when they come into the game.”The Padres got Mejia from Cleveland in a July trade for relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber as the AL Central leaders tried to overhaul their struggling bullpen. Mejia hit seven homers at Triple-A after the deal, and the Padres called him up to start getting him ready for bigger things.He’s expected to catch roughly half the games the rest of the way, getting to know an unfamiliar pitching staff. In his first game, he didn’t let the challenge of handling six new pitchers affect his offense.“I think I’ve done a good job preparing myself,” Mejia said through a translator. “I’ve learned how to divide and separate those two things.”Mejia hit fastballs of 96 and 97 mph on consecutive swings off Castillo, who already knew the catcher could hit.“I faced him in spring training Babe Ruth Jersey ,” Castillo said. “We live near each other in the Dominican and we practice together.”Hunter Renfroe also hit a solo homer off Castillo , who gave up three for the first time in his career.Left-hander Eric Lauer made his second start since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a sore forearm that cost him 25 days. He threw five hitless innings during a 3-2, 13-inning win over Colorado on Aug. 30 in his return.Lauer allowed two hits in four innings Thursday, matching his career high with eight strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-out threat in the fourth with a pair of strikeouts and Renfroe’s lunging grab.“Renfroe’s catch in left field was the play of the game,” Green said. “That changed the complexion of everything.”Jose Castillo (2-2) retired the three batters he faced. Scott Schebler and Mason Williams homered off Trey Wingenter in the seventh.REMEMBERING VICTIMSThe Reds held a moment of silence pregame for victims of a downtown shooting on Thursday morning. A gunman killed three people and wounded two others before he was fatally shot by police officers.20-SOMETHINGSLauer made his 20th start, joining Joey Lucchesi at the mark. The last time the Padres had two rookies make 20 starts in a season was 1977. It’s the fourth time overall.NOT-SO-SPLENDID SPLINTERSFranmil Reyes was so angry at himself for striking out on a low pitch in the fourth inning that he slammed his bat on the ground and broke it over his right thigh while heading back to the dugout.MORE MEJIA NUMBERSMejia is the first Padres player to homer in the first two at-bats of his first start. He’s the 13th catcher in Padres history to hit two or more homers in a game. The last was Austin Hedges last season at Philadelphia.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Scooter Gennett was out of the lineup with a tender thigh. He leads the NL in hitting at .320. … LH reliever Amir Garret threw in the bullpen and could be activated next week. He’s been on the DL since Aug. 29 with a bruised left foot.UP NEXTPadres: Brett Kennedy (1-2) makes his sixth career start and his first against the Reds. He threw six shutout innings on Aug. 31 for a 7-0 victory over Colorado, his first career win.Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (7-4) makes his 17th start and third career appearance against the Padres, his first since 2016. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings last Sunday in St. Louis, giving up two runs and five hits while throwing 72 pitches. MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers played long ball with homers by Christian Yelich http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dale-murphy-jersey , Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas. It was a small-ball play by Orlando Arcia that was the game-changer.With the Brewers clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth, Arcia pushed a bunt down the first-base line past Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell for a two-run double in a 7-4 victory over the Pirates on Friday night.“I just knew that run was important and we needed to find a way to get it in,” Arcia said through translator Carlos Brizuela. “I was just trying to hit it on the ground that way. I wasn’t really trying to get it over the bag, but I’m glad I did.”Arcia added two other hits and helped the Brewers stay 1 ½ games behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central.Yelich belted a two-run homer to center off Pirates starter Chris Archer in the first to give the Brewers an early lead. Shaw followed two batters later with a solo shot to stake Milwaukee to a 3-0 advantage.The Pirates threatened in the second. With a runner on and one out, Cain leaped above the wall in center, robbing Jordy Mercer of a home run.“He’s doing things all over the field. He’s making his presence felt,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s something to behold.”Shaw agreed.“He’s just impressive to watch. Defensively, he’s made so many of those plays this year, it’s hard to keep track,” Shaw said.Pittsburgh broke through in the third against Milwaukee starter Gio Gonzalez on Jordan Ludlow’s run-scoring triple. Ludlow then scored on Francisco Cervelli’s sacrifice fly.Pablo Reyes‘ first career homer Freddie Freeman Jersey , a solo shot in the fifth, tied the score.“He’s got no fear in his swing. He likes to hit, he likes to swing the bat,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s a young kid, getting an opportunity.”The Brewers regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar.Milwaukee extended the lead to 6-3 on Arcia’s bunt against Pirates reliever Steven Brault. Arcia then stole third, but was cut down at the plate trying to score on Cain’s grounder to short.Moustakas’ solo home run into the second deck in right in the seventh gave the Brewers a four-run advantage.Pittsburgh pulled within 7-4 in the eighth on Josh Harrison’s RBI double.Corbin Burnes (5-0) picked up the win in relief. Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 12th save in 17 chances.Gonzalez, making his second start for the Brewers since being acquired from the Washington Nationals, gave up three hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings.Archer surrendered six hits and four runs in five innings. He slipped to 1-3 in the National League and 4-8 this season after being traded from the Rays in July.REPLACING POLANCOWith Polanco out of the lineup, four players will compete for time in right field, Hurdle said. Adam Frazier http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-cox-jersey , Jordan Luplow, Pablo Reyes and rookie Kevin Kramer, who was called up Sept. 4, likely will share right-field duties for the remainder of the season.“It’s going to be a daily decision on who we want to play second base and do we want to move Kramer to third base,” Hurdle said. “We did that the other day.”Luplow got the start in right on Friday night.CONTRACT EXTENSIONThe Brewers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, their Class A affiliate, agreed on a contract extension that will run through the 2022 season.“One of the best minor league relationships I’ve ever been a part of. It’s a first-class organization,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said.MAGIC NUMBERYelich and Shaw belted their 29th homers of the season in the first inning. Yelich has reached base in 29 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the National League.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: OF Gregory Polanco is expected to be out seven to nine months after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair the labrum and stabilize his left shoulder. Polanco dislocated his shoulder on awkward slide into second base last Friday against Miami. “Now is the healing, the rehab http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bob-uecker-jersey , and the strengthening and then the getting ready to play, whenever that is,” manager Clint Hurdle said. . RHP Chad Kuhl, on the disabled list since June with forearm and elbow tightness, is scheduled to re-examined after being unable to throw his scheduled side session earlier this week. … A fifth-inning liner off the bat of Orlando Arcia struck Archer in the right buttock. The pitcher had trouble standing at first, but remained in the game. … Starling Marte was struck by a pitch on the left elbow in the seventh. He stayed in the game after being checked by a trainer.UP NEXTPirates: Ivan Nova (8-9, 4.17 ERA) is 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee.Brewers: Zach Davies (2-5, 4.75) is 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in seven career starts versus Pittsburgh.