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Molina's hitting, Zito's pitching power Giants over Reds

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Zito may take the same approach as always but it's producing better results.

Zito pitched six strong innings and Bengie Molina homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Saturday.

"He's been throwing better than his record indicates," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been our tough-luck pitcher and he's been exceptional this past month."

Eugenio Velez also connected as the Giants won for the fifth time in seven games. Fred Lewis added two hits.

Zito (8-10) gave up two runs and three hits over six innings to win his third straight decision. He walked two and struck out four. Zito last won three consecutive decisions from May 23-June 4, 2007.

"I didn't really feel in synch," said Zito, who insisted he's pitched the same way all year, even during a 1-6 start over the first two months. "Sometimes you go out there and feel amazing and when you look at the results you think you should be bummed, but you don't. This time I had to grind every pitch and we came out with the win."

Brian Wilson bounced back from Friday night's blown save to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 28th save in 33 chances.

"I know Willy and he takes it hard," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's not easy for any pitcher to wave that off but this kid is strong."

Bronson Arroyo (10-11) gave up three runs on seven hits to lose his third decision in a row. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Wladimir Balentien and Jonny Gomes drove in runs for the Reds, who have lost 11 of their last 13 road games.

"I thought I threw the ball pretty good," Arroyo said. "Zito threw well and things just went their way. You just hope you continue to feel good and things will work out in the end."

Arroyo, who has not won in San Francisco in five starts, also had a three-game winning streak against the Giants end.

Zito beat the Reds for the first time since June of 2004 when he was with the Oakland Athletics.

"He had better command of the strike zone since the last time we saw him," Baker said. "His curveball was breaking sharply. I thought we were going to get to him early. Then the bullpen comes in and shuts us down."

Molina, who has four extra base hits -- two home runs -- over his past three games, last recorded extra base hits in three straight between April 23-25 of this season.

"Velez, Molina and it was our day to make errors," Reds' manager Dusty Baker said. "I thought Bronson threw an outstanding game."

Molina doubled home a run in the first but the Reds tied it in the second on Balentien's double and took the lead in the fourth after Brandon Phillips doubled and scored on Gomes' single.

Velez led off the sixth with his second home run in two days and Molina put the Giants ahead with an RBI single.

Molina added a one-out home run in the eighth.

Notes

  • Reds 3B Scott Rolen was scratched from the starting lineup because of concussion-like symptoms. He is scheduled to be examined in Cincinnati on Sunday.
  • The Reds are 1-7 against the California teams.
  • Zito allowed 16 runs in 6 2/3 innings over two starts against the Reds last year.
  • Velez has hit three of his four career home runs against the Reds.
  • Phillips has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
  • Balentien has hits in all four of his starts with the Reds.
  • The Reds have allowed a major league-leading 96 runs in the first inning.
 
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Bengie Molina swings away for his 13th homer as he has three hits and three RBI in the game. (AP)
Bengie Molina swings away for his 13th homer as he has three hits and three RBI in the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

B. Zito
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 4
 
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF4000000 .237
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010000 .201
Joey Votto, 1B4000031 .320
Brandon Phillips, 2B3210100 .270
Wladimir Balentien, RF3021111 .227
Jonny Gomes, LF4011003 .261
Adam Rosales, 3B3010012 .211
Ryan Hanigan, C3000002 .293
Bronson Arroyo, P2000000 .128
   a- Drew Sutton, PH1000000 .200
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
Totals3126225  
a-grounded out for Arroyo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (19, Zito), Wladimir Balentien (11, Zito)
RBI - Wladimir Balentien (17), Jonny Gomes (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (8)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rosales-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Alex Gonzalez 2 (6, Misplayed grounder), Adam Rosales (4, Dropped fly)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (L,10-11) 7733021 5.04
Carlos Fisher 1111101 2.88
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 102-71, Carlos Fisher 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-11, Carlos Fisher 1-2
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Carlos Fisher 5
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, RF-LF4221001 .330
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4110011 .299
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000002 .332
Bengie Molina, C4133000 .267
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3000102 .267
Fred Lewis, LF3020000 .263
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   a- Ryan Garko, PH1000001 .281
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF4000014 .274
Edgar Renteria, SS3000000 .251
Barry Zito, P2000000 .139
    Randy Winn, RF1000000 .263
Totals3348412  
a-popped out for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bengie Molina (21, Arroyo)
HR - Eugenio Velez (3, Arroyo), Bengie Molina (13, Fisher)
RBI - Eugenio Velez (11), Bengie Molina 3 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (17)
SB - Eugenio Velez (2, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-F. Sanchez-Ishikawa, Wilson-F. Sanchez-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (W,8-10) 6322240 4.40
Bob Howry (H,8) 1.2200000 3.77
Jeremy Affeldt (H,24) 0.1000010 1.70
Brian Wilson (S,28) 1100000 3.08
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 100-63, Bob Howry 22-16, Jeremy Affeldt 6-3, Brian Wilson 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 7-7, Bob Howry 2-2, Brian Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 23, Bob Howry 6, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Brian Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37057
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Mike Winters