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San Francisco (31-25) «0220002006130
Cincinnati (33-25)010202000580

Giants 6, Reds 5

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CINCINNATI -- Instead of falling apart on the road, the San Francisco Giants' bullpen fell into place.

Juan Uribe drove in four runs with two singles, providing the Giants' final lead in a back-and-forth game, and a bullpen that has struggled away from home was nearly perfect Monday night, holding on for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

"It's a hitters' park," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You're going to give up more runs here. The 'pen -- what a job they did. We had a one-run lead and they came in and did the job."

Uribe had a two-run single in the third and another in the seventh, when the Giants rallied against reliever Daniel Ray Herrera (0-3) and put themselves in position for their ninth win in their last 13 games.

The Giants' bullpen has been a mess on the road this season, putting up a combined 4.96 ERA. It had to survive one of the majors' most hitter-friendly ballparks to keep San Francisco's on its winning surge.

It not only survived, but made it look easy. After starter Barry Zito left with two outs in the sixth, four relievers held the reds without a hit or a walk the rest of the way.

Sergio Romo (2-3) got the victory in relief. Brian Wilson recovered from a blown save in his last outing, pitching a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

"Our bullpen as a whole has a mentality that we're going to go at you with our best stuff," Wilson said. "We're not going to give in, we're not going to pitch around you. With that mentality, you're going to fail sometimes. Tonight we made the pitches when we needed to."

Zito, winless since May 16, couldn't hold an early 4-1 lead that was set up by his rare two-RBI hit.

The pitcher had only five career RBI -- none this season -- when he came to bat against Johnny Cueto in the second with two outs. A wild pitch left both runners in scoring position, and Zito lined a fastball off the middle of the bat for an opposite-field single and a 2-0 lead.

Ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Zito retired the first two batters before loading the bases on a single and two walks. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo singled through the hole at shortstop for a 5-4 Cincinnati lead, ending Zito's outing.

"I certainly had decent stuff," said Zito, who gave up eight hits and three walks. "I left a few curveballs up that hurt me, especially the one to Cairo."

Cueto gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings, but left with the lead and a chance to extend a five-game winning streak that is the best of his career.

"He was missing his spots," catcher Ramon Hernandez said. "He got ahead of a couple of guys, but he couldn't put them away. He worked his heart out and kept us in the game and gave us a chance to come back."

Instead, the Giants rallied against the bullpen. It was the fifth time this season that Cueto left the game with a lead, only to have the bullpen blow it.

"He kept us right there," manager Dusty Baker said. "They were hitting the ball pretty hard and consistently, but we couldn't afford to go to the bullpen that early. He left with the lead. We just couldn't hold it."

Herrera gave up singles by Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval, who advanced on a groundout. Uribe then singled off Enerio Del Rosario for a 6-5 lead and his team-high 37th RBI.

Bochy tweaked his lineup, giving struggling catcher Bengie Molina a day off. Bochy revealed before the game that Molina got an injection for his sore left elbow last week. Catcher Buster Posey, rated the Giants' top prospect, made his first start behind the plate this season and had two singles.

Notes

A man wearing a Mike Krukow Giants jersey and waving a "Go Buster" sign dived over a row of seats to get a foul ball hit by Posey in the second inning. ... Sanchez extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He's 20 for 40 during the streak. ... Giants INF Emmanuel Burriss (left foot fracture) will begin a rehabilitation stint at Class-A San Jose on Tuesday. ... The Reds took C Yasmani Grandal from Miami with the 12th overall pick in the draft. The Giants took OF Gary Brown from Cal State Fullerton with the 24th overall pick.

 
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Juan Uribe musters just a pair of singles but they're good enough to help him drive in four runs. (AP)
Juan Uribe musters just a pair of singles but they're good enough to help him drive in four runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, RF-LF4010125 .291
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4120101 .379
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5210001 .281
Aubrey Huff, 1B5110011 .295
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Juan Uribe, SS5024010 .280
Pat Burrell, LF4120011 .217
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .259
Buster Posey, C3120001 .455
Aaron Rowand, CF4010003 .225
Barry Zito, P2012013 .190
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF1000010 .276
Totals37613627  
a-struck out for Casilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (12, Cueto)
SH - Barry Zito (6)
RBI - Juan Uribe 4 (37), Barry Zito 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Barry Zito 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Uribe-F. Sanchez-Huff, Posey-F. Sanchez
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito 5.2855341 3.15
Sergio Romo (W,2-3) 0.2000010 2.66
Santiago Casilla (H,2) 0.2000010 1.59
Guillermo Mota (H,6) 1000020 1.27
Brian Wilson (S,15) 1000000 2.45
HBP - Votto (by Sergio Romo)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 96-63, Sergio Romo 16-11, Santiago Casilla 4-3, Guillermo Mota 14-9, Brian Wilson 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 3-9, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 27, Sergio Romo 3, Santiago Casilla 1, Guillermo Mota 3, Brian Wilson 3
Cincinnati Reds
Orlando Cabrera, SS5000023 .261
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010000 .284
Joey Votto, 1B3000002 .313
Scott Rolen, 3B3210111 .289
Jonny Gomes, LF3001001 .299
Jay Bruce, RF4231010 .276
Drew Stubbs, CF3111120 .242
Ramon Hernandez, C3010101 .298
Johnny Cueto, P2000021 .167
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1012000 .288
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .253
Totals3258538  
a-singled for Cueto in the 6th
b-popped out for Ondrusek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (18, Zito), Jay Bruce (10, Zito)
3B - Scott Rolen (1, Zito)
HR - Jay Bruce (8, Zito)
SF - Jonny Gomes (6)
RBI - Jonny Gomes (37), Jay Bruce (26), Drew Stubbs (28), Miguel Cairo 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce (10), Miguel Cairo 2 (4)
CS - Joey Votto (4, 2nd base by Casilla/Posey)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1, Drew Stubbs 1
Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto 61044150 4.25
Danny Herrera (H,8; L,0-3) 0.1222000 4.02
Enerio Del Rosario (BS,2) 1100010 1.59
Arthur Rhodes 0.2000110 0.36
Logan Ondrusek 1000000 10.61
HBP - Posey (by Johnny Cueto)
WP - Johnny Cueto (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 102-70, Danny Herrera 14-7, Enerio Del Rosario 10-9, Arthur Rhodes 12-7, Logan Ondrusek 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 7-4, Danny Herrera 1-0, Arthur Rhodes 1-0, Logan Ondrusek 1-2
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 28, Danny Herrera 3, Enerio Del Rosario 4, Arthur Rhodes 3, Logan Ondrusek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18457
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman