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After blowing 10-1 lead, Reds regroup, top Giants in 12

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For the Cincinnati Reds, blowing a 10-1 lead didn't mean losing the game.

Only hours after Atlanta squandered that exact same advantage and fell to Colorado, the Reds wound up with a win -- barely.

Saved by Paul Janish's tying single in the ninth inning, the Reds regrouped and rallied past the San Francisco Giants 12-11 on Wednesday on Joey Votto's two-out, tiebreaking single in the 12th.

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Votto homered twice, and finished with four hits and four RBI as the NL Central leaders avoided a sweep.

"We had such a comfortable lead for most of the game," Votto said. "For them to come back like that, it could have been difficult to recover. Momentum plays a big role in a game like this. We just showed some resiliency to come back ourselves."

Votto hit a pair of home runs and Jonny Gomes hit his 100th career shot that gave the Reds their huge lead going into the bottom of the fifth. The Giants came back and Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly capped a six-run burst in the eighth that put them ahead 11-10.

A two-base throwing error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Drew Stubbs' one-out grounder in the Reds ninth set up Janish's single.

Miguel Cairo doubled and scored on Votto's two-out single in the 12th off Barry Zito (8-9), making his second career relief appearance.

"For us to play as well as we did and to still be able to come back and win sure means a lot to all of us," Votto said. "Zito is difficult to face because he knows exactly what he wants to do. I'm just trying to put the ball in play and I end up finding a hole."

Ryan Hanigan and Stubbs also hit home runs for Cincinnati. The Reds connected three times in the first inning, and the slugfest put an exclamation mark on the highest-scoring three-game series at AT&T Park.

"That was a heavyweight fight out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Votto, that's what MVPs and All-Stars do. They come through when you need them."

The Giants scored at least 11 runs in three consecutive games for the first time since June 1953. The Reds' rally spoiled what would've been the biggest comeback in franchise history.

The NL East-leading Braves weren't so fortunate in their 12-10 loss at Coors Field. The major league record for the biggest comeback is 12 runs, most recently by Cleveland against Seattle in 2001. The NL mark is 11, last done by Houston against St. Louis in 1994.

Francisco Cordero (4-4) pitched the final two innings.

"It just feels terrible to let the team down in a situation where we come back from 10-1," Zito said. "It could have been a huge sweep for us. It's frustrating as ever but they hit the pitches I was making."

Juan Uribe's three-run homer in the eighth sparked the Giants' late rally as the first six hitters reached base. Jose Guillen and Sandoval singled ahead of Uribe's shot. Cody Ross and Mike Fontenot singled ahead of Andres Torres' two-run double. Torres later scored on Huff's medium fly.

"We just kept chipping away, had a big eighth and unfortunately it wasn't enough," Ross said. "You want to win these games and at the same time we showed a lot of resiliency."

Reds starter Homer Bailey lasted 5 1/3 innings and was in line for his third straight start since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 15.

Giants rookie Madison Bumgarner had his worst outing in the majors, allowing eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The Reds hit three home runs in the first inning, taking a 4-0 lead. Votto hit a two-run shot, while Gomes and Hanigan went back-to-back. The Reds hit consecutive homers for the eighth time this season and the second time in a week.

"You can call this a 25-man roster win," Gomes said. "We used just about everybody. It's fortunate we have a day off."

Notes

  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips left the game an inning after getting hit by a pitch from Santiago Casilla in the fifth.
  • Former Giants closer Robb Nen was a visitor to the Reds' clubhouse before the game and was greeted enthusiastically at the door by Darren Baker, Dusty's 11-year-old son.
  • Sanchez finished 9 for 11 in the series.
  • Sandoval recorded three hits for the 10th time, all at home.
  • Zito pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Aug. 5, 2007.
 
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Joey Votto completes this game with his fourth hit, a two-out single that drives in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning. (Getty Images)
Joey Votto completes this game with his fourth hit, a two-out single that drives in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 7
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B3110000 .290
    Chris Valaika, 2B1000000 .333
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH-2B2110001 .287
Chris Heisey, RF-LF6000114 .252
Joey Votto, 1B7244010 .326
Scott Rolen, 3B6120112 .297
Jonny Gomes, LF5222002 .262
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .291
    Francisco Cordero, P1000003 .000
Ryan Hanigan, C5211110 .282
Drew Stubbs, CF5312120 .237
Paul Janish, SS5031110 .278
Homer Bailey, P3011001 .238
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Leake, PH1000011 .340
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Jay Bruce, RF1000101 .265
Totals5212161168  
a-grounded into a double play for Valaika in the 9th
b-grounded out for Masset in the 11th
c-struck out for Bray in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cairo (9, Zito), Scott Rolen (25, Bumgarner), Paul Janish (6, Romo)
3B - Drew Stubbs (5, Bumgarner)
HR - Joey Votto 2 (31, Bumgarner, Ramirez), Jonny Gomes (14, Bumgarner), Ryan Hanigan (4, Bumgarner)
RBI - Joey Votto 4 (90), Jonny Gomes 2 (68), Ryan Hanigan (32), Drew Stubbs 2 (59), Paul Janish (19), Homer Bailey (1)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto 2 (36), Jonny Gomes 2 (27), Ryan Hanigan (19), Drew Stubbs 2 (28), Homer Bailey (1)
SB - Brandon Phillips (14, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Heisey 1
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Paul Janish (3, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 5.1955240 4.83
Bill Bray 0.2000000 4.58
Logan Ondrusek 1333011 4.60
Arthur Rhodes (BS,1) 1333000 1.84
Nick Masset 2100040 3.54
Francisco Cordero (W,4-4) 2200010 3.70
WP - Bill Bray (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 103-69, Bill Bray 6-5, Logan Ondrusek 23-16, Arthur Rhodes 12-10, Nick Masset 29-19, Francisco Cordero 33-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-6, Bill Bray 1-1, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Arthur Rhodes 1-2, Nick Masset 2-0, Francisco Cordero 2-3
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Bill Bray 2, Logan Ondrusek 6, Arthur Rhodes 6, Nick Masset 7, Francisco Cordero 8
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF7222012 .287
Buster Posey, C6000023 .332
Aubrey Huff, 1B5011010 .300
Pat Burrell, LF4012021 .253
    Brian Wilson, P1000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000000 .279
    Barry Zito, P0000000 .119
Jose Guillen, RF5220111 .265
Pablo Sandoval, 3B6140010 .276
Juan Uribe, SS6233004 .254
Freddy Sanchez, 2B2011001 .280
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1110000 .251
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, LF3110021 .269
Madison Bumgarner, P1000002 .143
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Fontenot, 2B4221100 .289
Totals52111810210  
a-flied out for Lopez in the 11th
b-doubled for Affeldt in the 6th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (41, Rhodes), Nate Schierholtz (12, Bailey)
HR - Juan Uribe (17, Ondrusek)
SF - Aubrey Huff (7)
RBI - Andres Torres 2 (57), Aubrey Huff (75), Pat Burrell 2 (48), Juan Uribe 3 (71), Freddy Sanchez (33), Mike Fontenot (21)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell 2 (24), Freddy Sanchez (7)
SB - Pablo Sandoval (3, 2nd base off Cordero/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Fontenot-Huff
E - Madison Bumgarner (1, Missed catch of throw(Reached on EG, advanced to third on ET)), Jose Guillen (2, Misplayed grounder), Ramon Ramirez 2 (2, Throwing(Reached on EG, advanced to third on ET)), Pablo Sandoval (11, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner 2.2787133 3.95
Ramon Ramirez 2222201 3.76
Santiago Casilla 0.1000010 2.06
Jeremy Affeldt 1000000 4.15
Sergio Romo 1100030 2.26
Brian Wilson 2210210 1.94
Javier Lopez 2100000 2.34
Barry Zito (L,8-9) 1311100 3.78
IBB - Bruce by Brian Wilson, Rolen by Barry Zito
HBP - B. Phillips (by Santiago Casilla)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 77-47, Ramon Ramirez 40-23, Santiago Casilla 8-5, Jeremy Affeldt 13-9, Sergio Romo 17-12, Brian Wilson 42-26, Javier Lopez 21-14, Barry Zito 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 1-4, Ramon Ramirez 5-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Brian Wilson 2-3, Javier Lopez 3-2, Barry Zito 1-2
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 16, Ramon Ramirez 11, Santiago Casilla 2, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Sergio Romo 4, Brian Wilson 10, Javier Lopez 6, Barry Zito 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36310
Game Time - 4:25
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell