Giants Vs. Reds: Angel Pagan's 9th Inning Walk-Off Leads To 4-3 Victory

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Giants Vs. Reds: Angel Pagan Walks Off In 9th For 4-3 Victory

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Angel Pagan's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning sent San Francisco past Cincinnati, 4-3, in the finale of a four-game set.

After seeing the Reds tie the game in the top of the frame, the hosts responded in their turn at the plate against Jose Arredondo (4-2).

Buster Posey kept the inning alive with a two-out ground-rule double, then Pablo Sandoval was intentionally walked. Pagan then lofted a ball to right, but Jay Bruce misread the fly and allowed the ball to drop behind him. Posey scored easily.

"It was a very weird walkoff but I really enjoyed it," said Pagan. "You do whatever it takes to win a ball game."

Santiago Casilla (2-3) earned the win despite allowing three hits over one inning of relief.

Posey finished with three hits and drove in two for the Giants, who salvaged a split in the series.

Todd Frazier collected two hits, including a two-run homer for the Reds, who had won on Friday and Saturday.

Posey singled home Ryan Theriot with two outs in the third, but Frazier put the Reds on top in the fifth with a blast after Ryan Ludwick began the frame with a base hit.

Theriot doubled with one out in the home fifth and came in when Melky Cabrera followed with a single.

Benches cleared with one down in the sixth, as a Bronson Arroyo offering got too close to his counterpart Ryan Vogelsong on a bunt attempt. The Giants starter threw down his bat in anger after fouling the pitch back, and though players milled around the mound, nothing came of the meeting.

Theriot worked a leadoff walk in the seventh and later came around on a Posey single.

Cincinnati tied the game in the ninth, as Cairo singled in Bruce with the bases loaded. However, the visitors failed to forge ahead.

"It's embarrassing," said Bruce. "It's a really, really tough way to lose."

Game Notes

Vogelsong allowed three hits and two runs with five strikeouts over seven innings, and Arroyo departed after six frames with seven hits and two runs on his ledger...Despite the setback, the Reds took four of seven from the Giants this season...Prior to the contest, the Giants honored members of their 2002 NL pennant-winning club, which included current Reds manager Dusty Baker...Cincinnati continues its 11-game road trip in Los Angeles on Monday, and San Francisco hits the road Tuesday in Washington to start a six-game trip.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Ryan Vogelsong Out To Close Series On A High Note

(Sports Network) - Luckily for the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers are stinking it up with seven straight losses.

The Giants, who lead the NL West by one game ahead of Los Angeles, look to earn a series split Sunday versus the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a four- game set at AT&T Park. San Francisco won Thursday's series opener by a 5-0 score, but has dropped the last two portions on this series.

In Saturday's 2-1 setback to the NL Central-leading Reds, the Giants managed only two hits off Cincinnati starter Mat Latos, who went the distance for a second straight start by holding the hosts to a run and striking out seven.

"We knew we had our work cut out," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He has been tough on us but we've had some good games against him. We've seen him enough; we knew what we were going into."

Barry Zito got the start for the Giants and pitched well, allowing a run and five hits in six innings of work. Zito, though, walked six batters.

"It was a good effort," Bochy said. "He got off a couple innings there and battled himself. He threw six innings and gave up one run; that's a great job. Unfortunately, we ran into another well-pitched game."

Brandon Crawford's third-inning double was the only hit against the Reds until pinch-hitter Brandon Belt tripled in the ninth inning and scored on Gregor Blanco's groundout.

San Francisco is still 6-3 in its last nine games (4-2 on seven-game homestand) and will head east for a six-game trek against Washington and Pittsburgh after today's game.

Taking the mound for the Giants in the finale of their residency will be Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong has won seven of his last eight decisions and tossed seven shutout innings in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Dodgers, improving to 7-3 in 14 starts and lowering his earned run average to 2.23. Vogelsong has given the bullpen plenty of rest and has lasted at least six innings in each start.

The right-hander did not record a decision against the Reds earlier this season and is 2-3 with a lofty 5.48 ERA in 14 career games (7 starts) in this series.

Cincinnati is targeting a series win Sunday and has a one-game edge over Pittsburgh and a 3 1/2-game lead ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central.

Besides Latos' heroics, Miguel Cairo and Ryan Hannigan were each credited with an RBI, and Zack Cozart went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

There was some bad news to report on Saturday, as Reds slugger and first baseman Joey Votto left the game with inflammation in his left knee. He apparently tweaked the leg in an at-bat in the top of the fifth inning and could miss some time to rest. Votto is batting .350 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI this season.

"He's day to day and we'll re-evaluate it and analyze it in the morning," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on the club's website. "It depends how sore he is and how he feels."

The Reds, who will also visit Los Angeles and San Diego on their 11-game journey through California, hope Bronson Arroyo can bring his best stuff to the mound Sunday. Arroyo has lost four of his previous five decisions and did not factor in the outcome of a 4-3 win Tuesday versus Milwaukee. He allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings and is 3-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts.

Arroyo, a right-hander, did not post a decision against the Giants early on in the 2012 campaign and is 3-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 11 career games (10 starts) against the club.

The Reds won two of three games against the Giants from April 24-26 and are 9-4 in the past 13 meetings between the teams.

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Giants Vs. Reds, Final Score: Mat Latos Out-Duels Barry Zito, G-Men Fall 2-1

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Mat Latos threw a two-hitter Saturday for his second complete game in a row, retiring 18 consecutive batters at one point to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Latos (7-2) set down every Giants hitter between Brandon Crawford's one-out double in the third inning and Brandon Belt's one-out triple in the ninth, becoming the first Reds pitcher since 2006 to throw back-to-back complete games.

The 24-year-old struck out seven and walked none, improving to 7-0 in his last 13 starts. Belt scored, ruining Latos' chance at his second career shutout.

Ryan Hanigan, who also caught Latos' complete game Monday against Milwaukee, said he and the right-hander have been on the same page as to exactly where they want pitches thrown.

"We're really getting into a tempo," he said. "I think we trust each other. We really know what our plan is so there's no guessing."

Mike Leake also pitched a complete game Friday as the Reds have won two in a row in the four-game series after being shut out in the opener.

Cincinnati hitters were patient against Giants starter Barry Zito, who walked six in the loss. Zito (6-6) gave up a run on five hits in six innings.

The Giants have lost back-to-back games since their four-game shutout streak. Zack Cozart homered off Matt Cain on the first pitch of Friday's 5-1 win to end the 36-inning stretch.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto left Saturday's game for precautionary reasons with inflammation in his left knee. The former MVP labored to first base on a ground ball out in the fifth and was replaced in the field by Miguel Cairo, who later delivered an RBI single.

Zito gave up a one-out single to Brandon Phillips in the fourth inning, then walked Ryan Ludwick, Todd Frazier and Hanigan on 15 pitches with two outs to force in the game's first run.

Latos retired the first seven Giants hitters until Crawford's double in the third -- the only baserunner he allowed through the first 8 1/3 innings.

"We knew we had our work cut out," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He has been tough on us but we've had some good games against him. We've seen him enough; we knew what we were going into."

Zito, still shaky, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth on a lucky double play.

He walked Cozart and Drew Stubbs to start the inning, got Votto on a ground ball and then intentionally walked Phillips. But Jay Bruce's liner was snared by Crawford at short, and Stubbs was doubled off second after running too far from the bag.

Cozart doubled against George Kontos leading off the seventh inning, but had to stay at second when Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a diving grab on Stubbs' popped-up bunt near the mound. Cairo followed with a single up the middle, however, to make it 2-0.

After Belt tripled to deep right-center in the ninth, he scored on Gregor Blanco's ground out for the only Giants run.

Game Notes

Aaron Harang was the last Reds pitcher to throw consecutive complete games, on Sept. 24 and 29, 2006...The Reds are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between the teams...The Giants are 4-2 on a seven-game homestand.

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Giants vs. Reds Lineups: Buster Posey Bats Fourth, Pablo Sandoval Sixth

The San Francisco Giants will look to get back on track against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon. The club took a tough 5-1 loss last night, and now they'll turn to veteran southpaw Barry Zito to right the ship. Zito has been pretty great in 2012 and should be able to neutralize the slugging bats of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in the Reds' lineup.

Here is the Giants lineup for Saturday.

Gregor Blanco RF
Ryan Theriot 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Buster Posey C
Angel Pagan CF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hector Sanchez C
Brandon Crawford SS
Barry Zito P

And here is the Reds lineup:

Zack Cozart SS
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Ryan Ludwick LF
Todd Frazier 3B
Ryan Hanigan C
Mat Latos P

First pitch from AT&T Park is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Those in attendance will receive Barry Bonds bobble heads, and they've been going quick.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Barry Zito Looks To Keep On Rolling Saturday

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants' scoreless innings streak ended quickly last night in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

The current NL West leaders hope to start a new streak when they continue a four-game set this afternoon from AT&T Park.

The Giants had not allowed a run in 36 straight innings until Cincinnati put up a three-spot on Matt Cain in the first inning of Friday's 5-1 victory. Cain was hoping to post the fifth consecutive shutout for San Francisco, but was hammered for all five runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"You're going to have an off day," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Today it happened."

Cain had been unbeaten in 10 straight starts. Pablo Sandoval had a team-high two hits, including his sixth home run of the season. The Giants, who sit one game ahead of struggling Los Angeles for the NL West lead, have still won six of their last eight games. They are 4-1 on a seven-game homestand.

Barry Zito started the stretch of four consecutive shutouts and will get the call this afternoon. Zito fired seven shutout innings and allowed three hits in Monday's 8-0 win over the Dodgers, lifting his record to 6-5 in 15 starts and lowering his earned run average to 4.00.

Zito ended a personal three-game slide and is 4-2 in eight home starts this season. The left-hander and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland tossed six innings of one-run ball in a 4-2 loss at Cincinnati on April 25 for a no- decision. Zito is 3-4 with a 6.79 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) against the Reds.

Cincinnati won for just the fourth time in 11 tries last night to maintain a one-game lead over Pittsburgh and a 2 1/2-game advantage ahead of St. Louis.

Zack Cozart ended San Francisco's scoreless innings streak with a leadoff home run and Jay Bruce later ripped a two-run double. Bruce had a big night for the Reds, finishing 4-for-4 with three RBI, and Brandon Phillips made his return to the lineup due to a head injury suffered against Milwaukee. Phillips had a hit and scored a run for the Reds, who are 1-1 so far on an 11-game road trip.

Phillips needed to pass a concussion test before returning.

"He did very well. He told me he was doing better today," Reds head athletic trainer Paul Lessard told the club's website. "I'm sure he had a mild concussion. That's the way I'm treating him."

Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake homered and tossed the first complete game of his career, as he gave up one run and nine hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Leake is now 3-5 on the season.

"I'm sure he wanted the shutout, but we'll take 5-1," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Cincinnati, which will also visit Los Angeles and San Diego on its California quest, hopes Mat Latos can keep the winning ways intact when he toes the rubber Saturday. Latos hasn't lost since April 18 at St. Louis and is 6-0 with a 4.05 earned run average in his last 12 starts, with the Reds going 9-3 in that time. Latos opened his first campaign with the Reds 0-2 in three starts, but has since turned it on.

Latos, a right-hander, went the distance in a 3-1 win over Milwaukee on Monday and allowed one run and four hits with a career-high 13 K's. He walked a pair of batters and improved to 6-2 in 15 starts with a 4.77 ERA. Latos defeated the Giants with seven scoreless innings in a 9-2 win back on April 24 and the former Padre is 3-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 10 career starts against them.

The Reds won two of three games against the Giants earlier this season from April 24-26 and are 8-4 in the past 12 meetings between the clubs.

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Giants Vs. Reds, Final Score: Cain Falters As Cincinnati Wins 5-1

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Reds shortstop Zack Cozart sent the first offering of the game from Giants starter Matt Cain over the wall in left, putting an abrupt end to San Francisco's four-game shutout streak.

Cozart's homer was part of a three-run opening frame, and Mike Leake tossed the first complete game of his career as the Reds downed the Giants, 5-1, in the second installment of a four-game set.

Leake (3-5), who also cracked a solo shot in the sixth, had his shutout bid halted in the ninth when Pablo Sandoval launched a solo blast. He gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out four.

"I'm sure he wanted the shutout, but we'll take 5-1," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Jay Bruce smacked a career-high four hits, which included a pair of doubles, to go with three RBI and Joey Votto added three hits and a run scored for Cincinnati, which had lost seven of its last 10 coming in.

Matt Cain (9-3) had his 10-start unbeaten streak snapped. He fanned seven and was charged with five runs on 11 hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings for San Francisco.

During San Francisco's remarkable shutout stretch, Giants pitchers had not allowed a run in 36 innings. They fell two frames shy of matching the franchise's all-time mark, which is 38 set by the 1903 and 1933 New York Giants.

After Cozart's first career leadoff homer and first by a Reds player this year, Drew Stubbs walked and Votto double to deep left, putting runners on second and third. Bruce brought them both home when he belted a double to center for a 3-0 Reds advantage.

"It was big to get one across first," Baker said. "Right away we jumped them in the first inning."

The Reds padded their margin with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh.

Leake smacked his second round-tripper of the season in the sixth, while Bruce registered another RBI double in the seventh to make it a 5-0 game.

Sandoval pulverized a solo blast into the seats in right-center with one out in the ninth to conclude the scoring.

"You're going to have an off day," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Today it happened."

Game Notes

Two of Cain's three losses this season have come against the Reds. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings against them on April 24...The Reds snapped a four-game road losing streak...Cincinnati was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position while San Francisco finished 0-for-8.

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Giants Vs. Reds: G-Men Look To Matt Cain To Extend Shutout Streak To 5 Straight

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants had never posted four straight shutouts until now.

The stingy club has been getting a lot of help from their pitching staff and will have a good shot at extending the streak to five games with Matt Cain slated to take the mound Friday in the continuation of a four-game series versus the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park.

Cain, of course, tossed a perfect game on June 13 versus Houston and hasn't lost since a 2-1 setback to Miami on May 1, going 8-0 with a 2.23 earned run average in 10 starts since. Cain did not record a decision in Sunday's 4-2 loss at Oakland and held the Athletics to a run and three hits in seven innings. He is 9-2 in 15 starts with a 2.27 ERA.

The big right-hander is 4-1 in seven home starts and lost to Cincinnati earlier this season on April 24, when he was reached for three runs in 6 1/3 innings of a 9-2 decision. Cain owns a 4-4 mark and a 3.19 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds.

San Francisco's other four starters in the rotation have ripped off wins in succession, as Madison Bumgarner became the latest to reach victory lane with a one-hit shutout against the Reds last night. He struck out eight batters and walked two to push his record to 10-4 and keep the shutout streak alive.

"Amazing! It really is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the shutout streak. "I've never seen it."

Giants starting pitchers have gone a San Francisco-era record 36 straight innings without allowing a run.

As for the offense, Ryan Theriot, Gregor Blanco, Pablo Sandoval and Angel Pagan had an RBI apiece for San Francisco, which is 4-0 on a seven-game homestand, has won six of seven games and is in sole possession of first place in the National League West at one game ahead of Los Angeles. The Giants are an NL-best 17-9 in June.

Cincinnati kicked off an 11-game odyssey in California last night and lost for the seventh time in 10 tries.

Ryan Hanigan had the Reds' only hit off Bumgarner, while Johnny Cueto suffered his first loss in June by giving up three runs, two of which were earned, in six innings. Cueto walked four and struck out three batters.

"You feel helpless sitting over there. There's not much you can do when you're not getting hits and not getting baserunners," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who turned 31 on Thursday, sat out with a head injury. His status for tonight's game is unclear.

Cincinnati will also visit Los Angeles and San Diego on the trek and has dropped four in a row away from Great American Ball Park.

Taking the mound for the Reds tonight will be Mike Leake. The right-hander hasn't received a decision in four straight trips to the mound and was last in action during a 4-3 loss to Minnesota in which he delivered eight innings of two-run ball and five strikeouts.

Leake, who has won his last two decisions on June 1 and May 21, is 2-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 14 starts this season. He is 1-2 in six road outings and 2-0 with a less-than-stellar 5.68 ERA in four career games (3 starts) against the Giants.

The Reds won two of three games against the Giants earlier this season from April 24-26 and are 7-4 in the past 11 meetings between the clubs.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Madison Bumgarner Shines As G-Men Blank Reds 5-0

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner tossed a one-hit shutout and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-0, in the opener of a four-game series.

Bumgarner (10-4) struck out eight and walked two en route to his first career shutout for San Francisco, which was coming off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The left-hander has made six starts in June and sports a 5-0 mark.

The Giants, who did not allow a run in their set with the Dodgers, have posted four consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history. The 36.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak is the longest in franchise history since July 26-30, 1948 (also 36).

"Amazing! It really is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the shutout streak. "I've never seen it."

Ryan Theriot, Gregor Blanco, Pablo Sandoval and Angel Pagan had an RBI apiece for San Francisco, which improved to 4-0 on a seven-game homestand. The Giants are now in sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time this season.

Ryan Hanigan had the lone hit for the Reds, who started an 11-game road trip on Thursday.

Johnny Cueto (9-4) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six frames to take the loss. He fell to 4-1 in June.

The Giants gave Bumgarner all the support he would need in the first inning. Melky Cabrera worked a two-out walk, moved to second on Buster Posey's single and crossed the plate on Pagan's base hit to right. Jay Bruce's throwing error allowed Posey to score as well.

Cincinnati's first hit of the game came in the sixth, when Hanigan led off with a single up the middle.

"You feel helpless sitting over there. There's not much you can do when you're not getting hits and not getting baserunners," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

San Francisco tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth. Pagan worked a two-out walk and scored on Sandoval's double to left. Todd Frazier misplayed the ball off the bat and was caught out of position.

The Giants added two more runs in the seventh to build a 5-0 margin. Sam LeCure gave up a one-out single to Bumgarner, who raced home on Blanco's triple to right-center field. Theriot followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Bumgarner was perfect after giving up the hit to Hanigan.

"Madison was in charge the whole way. I actually thought he got a little better as the game went," Bochy said.

Game Notes

Bumgarner is the first Giants pitcher to win five games in a calendar month since Tim Lincecum did so in September 2010. He also improved to 1-2 in four career starts against the Reds...Cueto had lasted at least seven innings in his previous five straight starts...Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who turned 31 on Thursday, sat out with a head injury.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Madison Bumgarner Looks To Cool Off Johnny Cueto

As the San Francisco Giants look to continue their hot streak, the Cincinnati Reds come to McCovey Cove at the start of an 11-game West Coast swing, trying to crash the party.

Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 3.10 ERA) takes the bump for the Black and Orange, who picked up his 9th victory on Saturday against the A's. although he surrendered a season-high 11 hits and four earned runs, the Giants backed him up en route to a 9-8 victory.

As for the Reds, they'll send out Johnny Cueto (9-3, 2.21), who has been simply lights out as of late. He is 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA in four June starts, striking out a season-high nine batters in seven shutout innings against the Twins in his last outing to help Cincy halt a four-game losing streak.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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