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Cincinnati at San Francisco

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Reds 3, Giants 0

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SAN FRANCISCO -- On a night when Johnny Cueto had sharp stuff, he was especially tough when the San Francisco Giants mounted a couple of threats.

Cueto got two of his season-high eight strikeouts with a runner on third base and fewer than two outs and threw seven scoreless innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

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"He threw an outstanding ballgame," manager Dusty Baker said. "He got out of trouble twice with a runner on third. That's big to do that with strikeouts. He's turning into that kind of pitcher."

Jonny Gomes had three hits and an RBI, Brandon Phillips also drove in a run and the Reds as the Reds opened their seven-game West Coast swing with a victory.

But the key was Cueto (3-2), who allowed only four hits and struck out eight -- including the side in order in the third inning -- in a dominating performance that ended a four-start winless streak.

"Johnny Cueto has been lights out this year," Phillips said. "I wish his record was better than what it was. We just haven't given him many runs lately. We did a better job today. ... He's becoming one of the best pitchers in the league."

Nick Masset pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Cordero finished the four-hitter for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Miguel Tejada doubled twice, but the Giants managed only two other hits and were shut out for the sixth time this season. San Francisco has been held to one run or fewer in 15 of 63 games this season.

The Giants had a few chances to score in this game, twice getting a runner to third base with one out to no avail. With runners on first and third and one out in the fourth, Cueto struck out Cody Ross and got Brandon Crawford to fly out.

Then in the sixth, Tejada hit a leadoff double and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by No. 3 hitter Freddy Sanchez. The move didn't pay off when Cueto struck out Aubrey Huff on a pitch in the dirt and got Nate Schierholtz to ground out.

That's been a pattern for the Giants, who have scored the fewest runs in the majors this season. The Giants are hitting only .190 in their past six games -- being held to five hits or fewer four times.

"We just have to get this figured out," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's gone on longer than even I thought it would. We just need to get a couple of guys hot and right now we're having a tough time doing that."

Cueto needed to be that stingy on a night when the Reds' high-scoring offense managed little against Madison Bumgarner (2-8). Cincinnati's only run off Bumgarner came when Scott Rolen hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Gomes' single.

The Reds had a chance to add on in the seventh when Gomes reached on a fly ball that fell between Huff, Sanchez and Schierholtz near the right-field line and Edgar Renteria reached on a bunt single. But Ramon Hernandez hit into a double play and Cueto flied out to center to end that threat.

Bumgarner allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings, striking out seven in his ninth consecutive quality start. But for the seventh time in his eight losses this season, the Giants were held to under two runs as he was once again done in by bad luck.

"We have a good team and they all support me, so I'm not going to worry about it," Bumgarner said. "I don't expect them to apologize. Hitting is the hardest thing to do. I think we'll be fine. We're still in it. It's not like we're out of it."

Cincinnati added an unearned run in the eighth off Santiago Casilla when Joey Votto doubled with two outs, followed by an intentional walk to Jay Bruce and a walk to Scott Rolen. With Gomes at the plate, a pitch got past Eli Whiteside for a passed ball, allowing Votto to score the second run.

Phillips added an RBI single in the ninth for the Reds.

Before the game, Renteria was presented his 2010 World Series ring in an on-field ceremony. Renteria was the World Series MVP for the Giants last season before the team decided not to bring him back this year. He went 1 for 4.

"It was great," Baker said. "They loved it, he loved it, the fans loved it. It was a very classy thing."

Notes

Rolen returned to the lineup for the Reds after missing the previous three games with a throat illness. ... Bumgarner has one victory in 15 career home starts for the Giants. ... Whiteside threw out Phillips trying to steal second to end the first inning for only the third caught stealing in the past 23 attempts by Giants catchers.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

J. Cueto
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4000112 .261
Brandon Phillips, 2B5021001 .286
Joey Votto, 1B5120023 .336
Jay Bruce, RF3000111 .295
Scott Rolen, 3B3110101 .245
Jonny Gomes, LF4031002 .210
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Edgar Renteria, SS4010012 .238
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .227
Ramon Hernandez, C4010021 .310
Johnny Cueto, P3000011 .077
    Chris Heisey, LF1110000 .289
Totals36311238  
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (15, Casilla), Scott Rolen (11, Bumgarner), Ramon Hernandez (7, Bumgarner)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (34), Jonny Gomes (26)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (8), Jonny Gomes (5)
CS - Brandon Phillips (2, 2nd base by Bumgarner/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 9
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto (W,3-2) 7400280 1.93
Nick Masset (H,7) 1000010 4.05
Francisco Cordero (S,12) 1000000 1.48
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 110-65, Nick Masset 11-7, Francisco Cordero 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 8-4, Nick Masset 2-0, Francisco Cordero 3-0
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 26, Nick Masset 3, Francisco Cordero 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF3000110 .254
Miguel Tejada, 3B4020020 .223
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3010001 .287
Aubrey Huff, 1B3010111 .223
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000004 .254
Cody Ross, LF3000022 .261
Brandon Crawford, SS3000002 .250
Eli Whiteside, C3000010 .180
Madison Bumgarner, P2000020 .182
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Conor Gillaspie, PH1000000 .333
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Totals2904029  
a-grounded out for Casilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada 2 (11, Cueto, Cueto)
SH - Freddy Sanchez (5)
CS - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base by Cueto/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Whiteside-Crawford, Crawford-F. Sanchez-Huff, Tejada-Huff
PB - Eli Whiteside (2)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (L,2-8) 7811070 3.23
Santiago Casilla 1110200 1.35
Guillermo Mota 0.2211110 4.30
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 2.31
IBB - Bruce by Santiago Casilla
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 112-75, Santiago Casilla 28-14, Guillermo Mota 24-12, Javier Lopez 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 4-8, Santiago Casilla 3-0, Javier Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 27, Santiago Casilla 6, Guillermo Mota 5, Javier Lopez 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41106
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mike Estabrook