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Stubbs' first career home run lifts Reds over Giants in 10th

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CINCINNATI -- Drew Stubbs stayed focused, even after he struck out three times Thursday.

It paid off.

Stubbs hit his first career home run leading off the 10th inning, which gave the Cincinnati Reds a 2-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Stubbs drove a 2-0 pitch from Bob Howry (1-6) off the left-field foul screen to stop Cincinnati's five-game skid. The 2006 first-round pick was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday when Willy Taveras was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"I knew I got it good enough," Stubbs said. "The only question was fair or foul."

Manager Dusty Baker had the same concern.

"I saw it hooking, and I was saying, 'Please, stay fair,' " said Baker, whose team had lost six of seven and entered Thursday's game only 8-24 since the All-Star break. "You don't know how bad we needed it, and we got it."

Stubbs was 1 for 8 before the clutch homer, including three strikeouts in four at-bats against All-Star right-hander Matt Cain.

"You know you're going to fail 70 percent of the time in this game," said Stubbs, who hit .268 with three home runs for Triple-A Louisville before joining the Reds. "I was able to keep a clear head."

Francisco Cordero (2-3) worked around a single in a scoreless 10th to pick up the win.

Cain pitched eight crisp innings for the Giants, who had won three straight and four of five. The All-Star right-hander allowed one run and eight hits but is winless in five starts since a 3-1 win at Colorado on July 24.

"It's good to get a series, but at this point, you want to get greedy, and we were so close to getting a sweep here," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

San Francisco fell two games back of NL wild card-leading Colorado, which beat Washington 4-1 to finish off a three-game sweep. The Giants and Rockies are scheduled to open a four-game series Friday in Denver.

Cain's one mistake came in the sixth, when Laynce Nix hit a one-out drive to center for his first home run in 33 at-bats since Aug. 2 against Colorado. Nix's 10th home run also snapped Cincinnati's 19-inning scoreless streak dating to Joey Votto's solo drive in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 8-5, 10-inning loss to the Giants.

"That's a game there that you know is going to be a low-scoring game," Cain said. "With a 1-0 lead, you have to try to keep that. With a 0-1 pitch to Nix, I threw a good pitch and he ended up taking a good swing and hitting it. Sometimes it comes down to that one pitch and taking advantage of it."

Aaron Harang pitched seven solid innings for the Reds, yielding one run and six hits. The right-hander is 1-10 with a 4.78 ERA in his past 16 starts.

The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, and Juan Uribe scored on a wild pitch.

San Francisco put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth against Arthur Rhodes, but pinch-hitter Edgar Renteria grounded into a double play.

"We had numerous opportunities and couldn't capitalize, and it came back to haunt us," Bochy said. "We created some great opportunities and let them slip away."

Notes

  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips left after the top of the third inning with a sore left wrist. Phillips was hit by a pitch on that wrist last Saturday.
  • The Reds placed RHP Johnny Cueto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with inflammation in his right shoulder and activated RHP Micah Owings.
  • Cincinnati sent 3B Scott Rolen to Triple-A Louisville on a rehab assignment. Rolen has been on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a concussion from getting hit by a pitch on Aug. 2.
  • C Bengie Molina, who started 98 of San Francisco's first 120 games, got the day off.
 
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Drew Stubbs is the hero a day after being called up from the minors. (AP)
Drew Stubbs is the hero a day after being called up from the minors. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

L. Nix
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, 2B5000003 .289
Juan Uribe, SS-3B4100113 .277
Nate Schierholtz, RF5020000 .301
Pablo Sandoval, 3B-1B5030003 .330
Randy Winn, LF5030010 .269
Ryan Garko, 1B3000022 .273
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .263
   a- Edgar Renteria, PH-SS1000001 .260
Aaron Rowand, CF3010112 .275
Eli Whiteside, C4010014 .225
Matt Cain, P2000000 .160
   b- Fred Lewis, PH1010000 .274
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals38111026  
a-grounded into a double play for Ishikawa in the 8th
b-singled for Cain in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (35, Rhodes), Eli Whiteside (3, Harang)
SH - Matt Cain (5)
CS - Pablo Sandoval (4, 2nd base by Cordero/Tatum)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Pablo Sandoval (13, Throwing), Eugenio Velez (4, Dropped fly)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 8811131 2.43
Bob Howry (L,1-6) 1111011 3.61
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 108-79, Bob Howry 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 8-13, Bob Howry 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 33, Bob Howry 5
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, RF4020101 .270
Drew Stubbs, CF5111034 .222
Joey Votto, 1B4000004 .313
Brandon Phillips, 2B1000001 .260
   a- Drew Sutton, PH-2B3000001 .154
Laynce Nix, LF4131000 .250
Adam Rosales, 3B4010002 .208
Paul Janish, SS4010001 .204
Craig Tatum, C4000002 .108
Aaron Harang, P2000004 .149
   b- Kevin Barker, PH1010000 .143
    Bronson Arroyo, PR0000000 .114
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   c- Jonny Gomes, PH1000011 .271
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3729214  
a-popped out for B. Phillips in the 3rd
b-singled for Harang in the 7th
c-struck out for Herrera in the 9th
Batting
HR - Drew Stubbs (1, Howry), Laynce Nix (10, Cain)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (1), Laynce Nix (33)
SB - Chris Dickerson (10, 2nd base off Cain/Whiteside)
CS - Laynce Nix (1, 2nd base by Cain/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Janish-Sutton-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 7611240 4.21
Arthur Rhodes 1200000 2.40
Nick Masset 0.1200000 2.78
Danny Herrera 0.2000010 2.37
Francisco Cordero (W,2-3) 1100010 2.25
IBB - Rowand by Aaron Harang
WP - Aaron Harang (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 90-58, Arthur Rhodes 11-9, Nick Masset 7-4, Danny Herrera 5-4, Francisco Cordero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-13, Arthur Rhodes 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Arthur Rhodes 4, Nick Masset 3, Danny Herrera 2, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13390
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Marvin Hudson