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Giants rally past Reds on Pagan's big HR

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CINCINNATI -- Angel Pagan made the Giants' long trip home a little easier.

Pagan hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

"We were all pumped when I got back to the bench," Pagan said. "We were thinking about a happy flight home."

The Giant avoided a three-game sweep and snapped a seven-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park.

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"It was one of those games that save your sanity," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Joaquin Arias, who was called up Wednesday when Aubrey Huff was placed on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder, led off the ninth against Cincinnati closer Sean Marshall (0-2) with a walk, and Ryan Theriot followed with a single. After pinch-hitter Brett Pill struck out, Pagan lofted a 1-2 pitch 386 feet into the left field seats.

Pagan was ready for the curveball after striking out against Marshall on the pitch Wednesday night.

"I knew he was going to throw it again," Pagan said. "I had to make an adjustment. I swung at one in the dirt last night. This one was in the strike zone."

"The curveball's been a good pitch for me," said Marshall, who blew his first save after converting four opportunities. "I've gotten some outs with it. The ball hung in the middle of the plate. He didn't get a good swing on it. What hurts is the guys played so well."

Javier Lopez (2-0) allowed two hits but no runs in the eighth to earn the win. Santiago Casilla struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.

Casilla is replacing Brian Wilson, who will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.

"You have to throw strikes. That's number one," Casilla said. "Having six saves last year helped and I pitched the ninth inning in the Dominican. When I pitch more I feel better."

Casilla bailed out a bullpen that had a rough series.

"You can't throw the ball any better than Casilla did," Bochy said. "Our bullpen has been struggling this series, too. We haven't played our best baseball yet."

Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and Scott Rolen led off the seventh with his second of the season, both in the last two games.

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 5, extending his season-opening hitting streak to 19 games, a franchise record. He went into the game tied with Johnny Rucker, who hit in the first 18 games of the 1945 season with the then-New York Giants.

Reds starter Homer Bailey lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- with two walks and six strikeouts.

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong gave up seven hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the second on Devin Mesoraco's sacrifice fly and Bailey's RBI single. The Giants capitalized on shortstop Zack Cozart's error to tie the score with two runs in the fourth inning.

Bruce broke the tie with his fourth homer of the season, a 381-foot shot to right-center field that just cleared the glove of the leaping Pagan. The homer was Bruce's first since hitting two against the Miami Marlins on April 8.

Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco came up with a sacrifice fly to cut Cincinnati's lead to 4-3 in the seventh before Rolen's 429-foot homer.

Notes

  • Marshall's appearance was the 300th of his career.
  • The Giants hadn't won in Cincinnati since a 3-0 win on June 8, 2010.
  • Pagan extended his hitting streak to 11 games (16 for 52, .308) with a seventh-inning single.
  • Giants C Buster Posey went 0 for 3 with a walk to see his hitting streak snapped at eight games.
  • San Francisco RF Nate Schierholtz went 0 for 4 to extend his streak of consecutive hitless at-bats to 12.
 
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Angel Pagan (left) hits a three-run homer in the ninth for the Giants, who avoid a sweep and end a seven-game skid. (Getty Images)
Angel Pagan (left) hits a three-run homer in the ninth for the Giants, who avoid a sweep and end a seven-game skid. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Pagan
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5123001 .241
Melky Cabrera, LF5010022 .295
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5110003 .333
Buster Posey, C3100120 .362
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000012 .291
Brandon Belt, 1B4021020 .273
Joaquin Arias, SS3220100 .500
Ryan Theriot, 2B3121002 .231
Ryan Vogelsong, P1000112 .000
   a- Gregor Blanco, PH0001000 .200
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brett Pill, PH1000012 .333
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals34610639  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Vogelsong in the 7th
b-struck out for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joaquin Arias (1, Bailey)
HR - Angel Pagan (3, Marshall)
SF - Ryan Theriot (1), Gregor Blanco (1)
RBI - Angel Pagan 3 (7), Brandon Belt (3), Ryan Theriot (1), Gregor Blanco (3)
CS - Melky Cabrera (2, 2nd base by Marshall/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Vogelsong-Sandoval-Theriot
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong 6744251 4.19
Guillermo Mota 1311001 6.43
Javier Lopez (W,2-0) 1200010 2.45
Santiago Casilla (S,2) 1000030 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 87-52, Guillermo Mota 19-12, Javier Lopez 19-13, Santiago Casilla 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 4-8, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Javier Lopez 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 26, Guillermo Mota 5, Javier Lopez 5, Santiago Casilla 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS5000012 .264
Drew Stubbs, CF5020030 .270
Joey Votto, 1B5010031 .273
Brandon Phillips, 2B4220002 .250
Jay Bruce, RF4232001 .268
Chris Heisey, LF4000013 .194
Todd Frazier, 3B2010100 .444
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH1010000 .220
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
Devin Mesoraco, C2001102 .280
Homer Bailey, P2011001 .111
    Scott Rolen, 3B2111012 .194
Totals36512529  
a-singled for Ondrusek in the 8th
Batting
2B - Drew Stubbs (3, Mota), Joey Votto (7, Mota)
HR - Jay Bruce (4, Vogelsong), Scott Rolen (2, Mota)
SF - Devin Mesoraco (1)
RBI - Jay Bruce 2 (11), Devin Mesoraco (2), Homer Bailey (2), Scott Rolen (7)
2-OUT RBI - Homer Bailey (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto
E - Zack Cozart (2, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 6.1732260 3.60
Logan Ondrusek (H,2) 1.2000020 0.00
Sean Marshall (BS,1; L,0-2) 1333111 6.14
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 86-59, Logan Ondrusek 24-16, Sean Marshall 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 6-7, Logan Ondrusek 2-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 28, Logan Ondrusek 5, Sean Marshall 6
Game Information
Attendance - 17317
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Gerry Davis