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Ross caps Reds' eighth-inning rally against Giants

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cincinnati Reds began a crucial stretch against the teams chasing them in the NL wild-card race with quite the comeback victory.

They scored their final four runs with two outs.

David Ross' solo homer broke a tie in the eighth and the Reds rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday night.

Ross connected against Vinnie Chulk (0-2) with a drive to left for the Reds, who began a season-long 10-game road trip against contending NL West teams by pulling within .0004 of first-place St. Louis in the NL Central (.5238 to .5234).

"A big win," Ross said. "When there are so many teams in it, it's nice to gain ground on anybody. What everybody's worrying about in here is taking care of ourselves at this point."

Ryan Franklin (5-6) got the final out in the seventh for the win as Cincinnati gained a half-game on idle San Diego for a 1½-game edge in the wild-card race. David Weathers pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 16 chances.

Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs for the Reds on a cold August evening at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark, where the first-pitch temperature was 58 degrees. Juan Castro hit a two-run single in the ninth off Mike Stanton for the Reds' final runs.

"The big thing for us is every game is huge from here on out," Weathers said. "Every time we have a chance to get a win, we have to jump on it."

Pedro Feliz hit a two-run homer and Randy Winn added a solo shot, but the Giants didn't score a run after the second inning.

San Francisco had won eight of 10 to get back in the playoff chase after the Giants seemed out of it following their fifth straight loss Aug. 13 at Los Angeles to fall 7½ games behind in the NL West race. The Giants now trail division-leading Los Angeles by 4½ games, and the Giants are five games back in the wild-card chase.

Trailing 3-0, Encarnacion singled in a run to get the Reds on the board in the sixth. The ball bounced slightly in front of second and over the bag and rolled under lunging second baseman Ray Durham.

"That was a big play," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I still don't know what happened with the ball that went over the bag and into the outfield. ... That game was lost. You know what I mean? Lost. Not l-o-s-s. It was lost, l-o-s-t."

Ken Griffey Jr. scored from third on a passed ball moments after Encarnacion's hit.

Encarnacion doubled in the tying run in the seventh.

Brad Hennessey had a better showing than his previous performance, when the right-hander didn't make it out of the second inning in the shortest outing of his career Saturday against the Dodgers.

Durham extended his season-best and team-high hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff double in the second, then Feliz followed with a drive to left on a 2-2 pitch from Eric Milton for his 21st home run of the season.

Winn hit Milton's second pitch of the game over the left-field wall for his 10th home run and second leadoff homer of the year.

Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with a walk in his 2,834th career game, tying him with Al Kaline for 14th on the all-time list.

Bonds, who hit his 725th career homer Monday night against Arizona and had produced back-to-back multihit games for the first time in two years, and Griffey have a combined 1,286 home runs -- the second most by two players in the same game behind Hank Aaron and Willie Mays (1,355) when the Mets played at the Atlanta Braves on July 17, 1973.

Bonds flied out to Griffey in center field to end the first inning, then Griffey hit a fly ball to Bonds in left in the fourth.

Notes

  • Bonds is second on the career homers list behind Aaron's record 755, while Griffey's 561 homers are good for 11th place.
  • Reds SS Aurilia visited with fans and enjoyed another return to the city where he played the first nine years of his career before leaving after the '03 season.
  • Kevin Correia pitched on his 26th birthday.
  • A rally rabbi was on hand for the stadium's Jewish Heritage Night.
  • Winn has 11 career leadoff homers and six as a member of the Giants, who he joined last summer in a trade from Seattle.
 
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Ken Griffey Jr. crosses home plate three times -- including the tying run -- as the Reds win 6-3.  (AP)
Ken Griffey Jr. crosses home plate three times -- including the tying run -- as the Reds win 6-3. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Feliz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

D. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF5000022 .283
Scott Hatteberg, 1B5110010 .315
Ken Griffey Jr., CF3310210 .253
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4132000 .302
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Adam Dunn, LF3010211 .249
Rich Aurilia, SS4000004 .289
    Juan Castro, SS-3B1012000 .251
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010112 .295
David Ross, C4121014 .284
Eric Milton, P2000024 .217
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Hollandsworth, PH1000000 .229
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Royce Clayton, SS0000000 .266
Totals3661055917 
a-grounded out for Franklin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (27, Correia)
HR - David Ross (17, Chulk)
SH - Eric Milton (5)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (67), Juan Castro 2 (24), David Ross (43)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (24), Juan Castro 2 (14), David Ross (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Encarnacion-B. Phillips-Hatteberg, Castro-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
Cincinnati Reds
Eric Milton 6.21033032 5.22
Ryan Franklin (W,5-6) 0.1000000 4.39
Rheal Cormier0000100 2.32
Todd Coffey (H,14) 0.2100000 3.57
Scott Schoeneweis (H,19) 0.1000110 5.98
David Weathers (S,10) 1000020 4.22
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Milton 87-60, Ryan Franklin 2-1, Rheal Cormier 6-2, Todd Coffey 4-3, Scott Schoeneweis 9-5, David Weathers 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Milton 3-13, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Todd Coffey 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Milton 29, Ryan Franklin 1, Rheal Cormier 1, Todd Coffey 2, Scott Schoeneweis 2, David Weathers 3
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF5131010 .265
Omar Vizquel, SS5020001 .308
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4010013 .278
Barry Bonds, LF3000102 .243
    Tomas De La Rosa, PR-3B00000001.000
Ray Durham, 2B4130001 .296
Pedro Feliz, 3B-LF4122012 .253
Steve Finley, CF3000113 .249
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4000013 .277
Brad Hennessey, P2000000 .286
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .100
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Linden, PH1000000 .317
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH1000010 .258
Totals3631132615 
a-flied out for Kline in the 7th
b-struck out for Stanton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ray Durham (21, Milton), Pedro Feliz (26, Milton)
HR - Randy Winn (10, Milton), Pedro Feliz (21, Milton)
RBI - Randy Winn (48), Pedro Feliz 2 (82)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Eliezer Alfonzo (1)
E - Eliezer Alfonzo (4, )
San Francisco Giants
Brad Hennessey 5522220 3.39
Kevin Correia (BS,1) 1.2211130 3.62
Steve Kline 0.1000010 3.53
Vinnie Chulk (L,1-2) 1.1111011 5.02
Mike Stanton 0.2222220 4.70
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hennessey 87-52, Kevin Correia 32-20, Steve Kline 6-3, Vinnie Chulk 19-11, Mike Stanton 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hennessey 7-6, Vinnie Chulk 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Hennessey 23, Kevin Correia 8, Steve Kline 1, Vinnie Chulk 5, Mike Stanton 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38754
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Rick Reed