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Giants lay lumber to Reds again, win series

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Pat Burrell stopped on his way to the shower and pulled Pablo Sandoval into a celebratory Panda hug.

"Come on, baby," Burrell said.

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It's taken a calculated combination of Giants new, like Burrell, and Giants old, like "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval, to put San Francisco back in the thick of the playoff chase.

Sandoval had a home run and four RBI while showing signs his swing is finally back on track, Buster Posey hit a three-run homer and the Giants routed the Cincinnati Reds for the second successive game with a 16-5 victory Tuesday night.

"Panda's back," Andres Torres said. "That's the Pablo, the Panda, I know."

The victory gave the Giants their first series victory in their past four, all against contending teams.

Torres hit a pair of two-run doubles for a career-high four RBI as San Francisco followed an 11-2 victory Monday with a season high in runs to move into a first-place tie with the Phillies for the NL wild card. The NL Central-leading Reds remained 2½ games up on the Cardinals after St. Louis lost at Pittsburgh.

Juan Uribe added a two-run homer, Freddy Sanchez had a solo shot while getting four hits for the second successive night, and newly acquired Cody Ross contributed two singles and an RBI in his first start with the Giants.

"It's true, man, hitting's contagious," Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff said.

Torres doubled in the fourth and the sixth. San Francisco scored 11 or more runs in back-to-back games for the first time since June 27-28, 2000, at Colorado -- and the first time at home since Sept. 2-3, 1973.

"They beat us up good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Any time we posed a threat and got close, they ran it up on us again."

Scott Rolen hit at two-run homer for Cincinnati and Brandon Phillips had a pair of solo home runs for his sixth career multihomer game and first of the season. It was the 12th multihomer game by a Reds player in 2010.

San Francisco took a nice lead in the first for the second successive game, getting Ross' single off Travis Wood (4-2) and then a two-run single by Sandoval. The Panda added an RBI double in the fifth and is showing signs of getting on track after a season-long funk. He received a standing ovation when he reached second on the double, then topped that with a sixth-inning home run.

Sandoval said he takes a deep breath each time he steps into the batter's box. Something sure is working.

"Every at-bat I calm myself down, relax," he said. "It's just being comfortable at home plate."

The Giants grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first inning. They had 17 hits in the game and 18 on Tuesday, the club's first back-to-back games with 17 or more hits since July 8-9, 1993, at Philadelphia.

All this offense after being shut out 9-0 on Sunday in the series finale at St. Louis and scoring seven total runs against the Cardinals.

"The ball was flying," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've had some good at-bats the last two nights."

San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez was staked to a big lead but didn't last the five innings needed to be eligible for the win. Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched two innings for the victory.

Wood, the Reds' 23-year-old rookie left-hander, had won his previous four starts with a 2.19 ERA, but lasted only four innings in this one. He was trying to become the first Reds rookie to win five consecutive starts since Tom Browning in 1985.

Phillips and Rolen each connected in the fifth, when the Reds nearly cleared the fences a third time. Left fielder Pat Burrell made a leaping catch at the top of the fence to rob Jonny Gomes of what would have been his 100th career home run.

"It became a two-possession game there toward the end," said Rolen, who flied out with the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth.

Cincinnati was without center fielder Jim Edmonds and left fielder Laynce Nix after both were injured in a loss Monday. Edmonds went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, while Nix was listed as day to day with a sprained left ankle.

Chris Valaika, recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, became the eighth Reds player to make his major-league debut this year. He singled in his first career at-bat in the sixth.

Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez was warming up in the bullpen in the fifth when he fielded the ball on Drew Stubbs' sharp grounder down the left-field line, unaware the ball was fair. It was a ground-rule double. Baker came out to discuss the play with the umpires.

Notes

  • Baker, back in the Bay Area where he began as a manager with the Giants from 1993-2002, is still weighing an offer of a multiyear contract extension from Cincinnati.
  • Ross played RF and batted fifth in his first start for the Giants since being awarded to them off a waiver claim from the Marlins on Sunday.
  • The Reds are considering skipping RHP Edinson Volquez's next turn in the rotation after he lasted only two-thirds of an inning Monday. Pitching coach Bryan Price has worked up a couple of scenarios with an off day Thursday and also Sept. 2.
  • Cincinnati won its first two series on this West Coast swing, at Arizona and Los Angeles.
 
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Catcher Buster Posey continues his stellar rookie campaign with another solid performance that includes a three-run home run. (AP)
Catcher Buster Posey continues his stellar rookie campaign with another solid performance that includes a three-run home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

F. Sanchez
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5232000 .290
Drew Stubbs, CF4120010 .237
    Miguel Cairo, 3B1000010 .284
Joey Votto, 1B4110014 .323
    Ryan Hanigan, C1000000 .285
Scott Rolen, 3B4112014 .296
    Chris Heisey, CF1000000 .264
Jonny Gomes, LF4010100 .260
Jay Bruce, RF3010223 .265
Ramon Hernandez, C-1B4011012 .305
Paul Janish, SS2000110 .266
    Sam LeCure, P1000001 .091
Travis Wood, P2000013 .080
    Mike Leake, P0000000 .348
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Valaika, PH-SS2010010 .500
Totals385115410  
a-singled for Masset in the 6th
Batting
2B - Drew Stubbs (12, Sanchez)
HR - Brandon Phillips 2 (16, Sanchez, Sanchez), Scott Rolen (19, Sanchez)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (50), Scott Rolen 2 (73), Ramon Hernandez (41)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (23), Ramon Hernandez (16)
SB - Joey Votto (11, 2nd base off Sanchez/Posey)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto, Valaika-B. Phillips-Hernandez
E - Ramon Hernandez (1, Throwing), Paul Janish (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (L,4-2) 4777231 3.38
Mike Leake 0.1666112 4.23
Nick Masset 0.2000000 3.66
Sam LeCure 3533031 5.20
HBP - Huff (by Sam LeCure)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 84-0, Mike Leake 38-0, Nick Masset 5-0, Sam LeCure 58-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-7, Nick Masset 1-0, Sam LeCure 4-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 22, Mike Leake 8, Nick Masset 1, Sam LeCure 14
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5234012 .287
Buster Posey, C5113003 .339
    Eli Whiteside, C0000000 .230
Aubrey Huff, 1B4021001 .301
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Pat Burrell, LF3100112 .253
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B1000001 .281
Cody Ross, RF-LF5221001 .269
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5234010 .271
Juan Uribe, SS4222011 .251
    Mike Fontenot, SS1000000 .284
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4441100 .278
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000022 .159
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF2210111 .248
Totals4116181637  
a-flied out for Casilla in the 7th
b-walked for Ramirez in the 5th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (40, LeCure), Pablo Sandoval (30, Leake), Freddy Sanchez (13, Leake)
HR - Buster Posey (10, Leake), Pablo Sandoval (11, LeCure), Juan Uribe (16, Leake), Freddy Sanchez (3, Wood)
RBI - Andres Torres 4 (55), Buster Posey 3 (49), Aubrey Huff (74), Cody Ross (59), Pablo Sandoval 4 (56), Juan Uribe 2 (68), Freddy Sanchez (32)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres 2 (22), Aubrey Huff (20), Cody Ross (26), Pablo Sandoval 2 (12)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez 4.1655363 3.67
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000100 3.57
Santiago Casilla (W,5-2) 2400010 2.08
Jeremy Affeldt 1000020 4.26
Javier Lopez 1100010 2.44
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 79-0, Ramon Ramirez 10-0, Santiago Casilla 29-0, Jeremy Affeldt 10-0, Javier Lopez 14-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 2-5, Santiago Casilla 2-3, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Javier Lopez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 22, Ramon Ramirez 3, Santiago Casilla 10, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Javier Lopez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36104
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Laz Diaz