San Francisco at Cincinnati

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Reds 3, Giants 2 (11)

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CINCINNATI -- Shin-Soo Choo let his bat and his teammates do the talking for him Wednesday night.

Choo's two-out single in the 11th inning drove in Todd Frazier from second base, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Frazier walked to lead off the 11th against left-hander Javier Lopez (1-1) and went to second on Chris Heisey's sacrifice. After Devin Mesoraco was intentionally walked, pinch hitter Ryan Hanigan popped out before Choo came up with his second hit of the game, giving the Reds three straight wins for the first time since June 10-12 against the Cubs and thrilling a sellout crowd of 40,757.

The left-handed Choo almost won the game in the ninth, but his sharp one-hopper up the middle with Mesoraco on second was picked off backhanded by second baseman Tony Abreu for a groundout.

"I've been saying that he's one of the best hitters in the game, and I'm sticking with that," said Frazier, whose bobblehead was one of the game's attractions. "He makes adjustments. That's what he did his last two at-bats."

Choo's hard-hit ball to Abreu was typical of his recent bad luck, according to manager Dusty Baker. After a hot start, Choo's average was .269 going into the game.

"The guy he got the hit off of is tough against left-handers," Baker said. "He's been hitting the ball well lately with nothing to show for it."

Choo was working out rafter the game and wasn't available to speak to the media.

J.J. Hoover (2-5), Cincinnati's seventh pitcher of the game, struck out four batters in two innings for the win.

"We were down to our last man," Baker said. "We cleared the bench trying to win that game."

The spiraling Giants have lost nine of their last 10 games, including eight of nine on the current road trip, and have scored two or fewer runs in 10 of their last 13 games. They fell six games below .500 for the first time since the last day of the 2008 season, which they finished 72-90.

"We had a good effort from our bullpen," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We couldn't get a hit with men in scoring position. We have too many guys scuffling. I don't know why, whether they are pressing or trying too hard. I wish I had the answer. It seems like we've been saying this for quite a while. We need someone to give us a spark and get a big hit. When you get in a rut like this, you try too hard. We were playing to win one game to get us out of it."

In their first game after being held hitless by Homer Bailey on Tuesday, the Giants needed just two batters to remove any doubt. Abreu, San Francisco's No. 2 hitter against Tony Cingrani, reached second base with a bloop double down the right field line for the Giants' first hit in 11 innings since Brandon Belt led off the fifth with a home run in an 8-1, six-inning loss to the Reds on Monday.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the second, which Giants starter Barry Zito opened by hitting Jay Bruce with a pitch. Bruce went to third on Frazier's single to center field and scored on Heisey's sacrifice fly.

The Giants took their first lead of the series in the fifth when Blanco drew a two-out walk and Abreu followed with a 442-foot blast into the upper deck in left field on Cingrani's 1-1 pitch. The homer was Abreu's first since last Sept. 16 for Kansas City against the Angels.

Cingrani, making his eighth start of the season and first since Johnny Cueto went on the disabled list June 29 with a strained back muscle, allowed four hits and two runs with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings. His walks were a single-game career high as a starter.

Zito left the game after Choo and Zack Cozart led off the fifth with singles. Zito allowed seven hits and one run with a walk and three strikeouts.

Heisey, on the disabled list from April 29 to June 25 with a strained right hamstring, tied the game with a 422-foot solo homer into the left field seats on a one-strike pitch from George Kontos. The homer was Heisey's third of the season and first since April 23 against the Cubs in Cincinnati.

"It seemed like Heisey had no interest in the fastball," Kontos said. "It was a slider low and away. Unfortunately, it didn't bounce. He hit it off his front foot, and it carried. It is definitely frustrating."

Notes

Heisey made his first start in the field since coming off the disabled list on June 25. Heisey started at designated hitter in one game each at Texas and Oakland on Cincinnati's last road trip. ... The sellout crowd that showed up for Frazier's bobblehead night and postgame fireworks was Cincinnati's ninth of the season. The team had a club-record 15 last season. ... Tightness in Marco Scutaro's back prompted Giants' manager Bruce Bochy to give the second baseman Wednesday night off. ... RHP Matt Cain is scheduled to start for San Francisco against RHP Mike Leake in Thursday's finale of the four-game series.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

S. Choo
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

T. Abreu
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF-LF3100320 .274
Tony Abreu, 2B5122133 .326
Buster Posey, C-1B3000211 .312
Hunter Pence, RF5000004 .276
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5000032 .264
Brandon Belt, 1B4010120 .263
Andres Torres, LF2010110 .264
    Guillermo Quiroz, C1000010 .189
Brandon Crawford, SS3000003 .262
    Joaquin Arias, PH-SS2010003 .280
Barry Zito, P2000001 .154
    Juan Perez, CF3000031 .238
Totals38252816  
a-hit by pitch for Dunning in the 8th
b-flied out for Crawford in the 8th
Batting
2B - Tony Abreu (7, Cingrani), Brandon Belt (20, Cingrani), Joaquin Arias (2, Hoover)
HR - Tony Abreu (1, Cingrani)
RBI - Tony Abreu 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Abreu 2 (3)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gregor Blanco 1
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito 4711130 4.44
Jose Mijares 0.1000010 2.43
George Kontos 1.1111021 5.50
Jeremy Affeldt 1000000 3.07
Jake Dunning 0.1000000 1.80
Sandy Rosario 2100030 2.50
Javier Lopez (L,1-1) 1.2111200 1.80
IBB - Mesoraco by Javier Lopez
WP - Sandy Rosario (1)
HBP - Bruce (by Barry Zito), Hannahan (by Jeremy Affeldt)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 88-56, Jose Mijares 6-3, George Kontos 24-16, Jeremy Affeldt 17-9, Jake Dunning 4-3, Sandy Rosario 28-19, Javier Lopez 28-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 3-5, George Kontos 1-1, Jake Dunning 1-0, Sandy Rosario 2-1, Javier Lopez 2-3
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 20, Jose Mijares 1, George Kontos 5, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Jake Dunning 1, Sandy Rosario 7, Javier Lopez 8
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF6021004 .270
Zack Cozart, SS5010011 .243
Joey Votto, 1B5010012 .323
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000113 .269
Jay Bruce, RF4100033 .275
Todd Frazier, 3B4110110 .243
Chris Heisey, LF3112010 .186
Devin Mesoraco, C4030100 .245
Tony Cingrani, P2010003 .286
    Derrick Robinson, PH1000011 .261
    Ryan Hanigan, PH1000002 .197
Totals39310339  
a-hit by pitch for Ondrusek in the 6th
b-struck out for Chapman in the 9th
c-flied out for Hoover in the 11th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (16, Zito), Tony Cingrani (1, Zito)
HR - Chris Heisey (3, Kontos)
SF - Chris Heisey (2)
SH - Chris Heisey (3)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (27), Chris Heisey 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (10)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (9, 2nd base off Zito/Posey)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cozart
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tony Cingrani 5.2422451 3.40
Logan Ondrusek 0.1000100 5.56
Sam LeCure 1000030 2.25
Alfredo Simon 0.2000120 3.02
Manny Parra 0.1000000 4.66
Aroldis Chapman 1000120 2.57
J.J. Hoover (W,2-5) 2100140 4.00
WP - Alfredo Simon 2 (4)
HBP - H. Sanchez (by Alfredo Simon)
Pitches-Strikes - Tony Cingrani 97-53, Logan Ondrusek 8-4, Sam LeCure 14-10, Alfredo Simon 21-13, Manny Parra 2-1, Aroldis Chapman 17-12, J.J. Hoover 38-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony Cingrani 6-5, J.J. Hoover 1-1
Batters Faced - Tony Cingrani 24, Logan Ondrusek 2, Sam LeCure 3, Alfredo Simon 5, Manny Parra 1, Aroldis Chapman 4, J.J. Hoover 8
Game Information
Attendance - 40757
Game Time - 4:35
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Adrian Johnson