Gennett, Duvall homer as Reds defense helps them avoid sweep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Of course Scooter Gennett knew he had made that magnificent play all the way.

''Yeah, well I'm really fast,'' Cincinnati's second baseman quipped, grinning, ''so long distances aren't really a problem for me. I get there pretty quick.''

Scooter sure can scoot.

Gennett homered a half-inning after he saved two runs with a diving catch on a difficult popup that he somehow ran down, helping the Reds avoid a sweep by the San Francisco Giants with a 6-3 win Wednesday.

Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer in the first, and Matt Harvey went four innings in his second start since joining the Reds from the Mets. Reliever Jared Hughes (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings as Cincinnati won for the seventh time in nine games.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Gennett scurried to get a popup by pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez along the right-field line near the visiting bullpen - scissoring his legs over right fielder Scott Schebler to make the tough, potentially game-saving grab.

''Scheb's probably not on my list of guys I'd want to collide with. He's a pretty built guy and runs really fast, too, so that would have been a tough one to collide with him,'' Gennett said. ''In that situation it's worth the risk, so I had to try to save a run.''

Cincinnati stopped a five-game skid against the Giants and avoided what would have been San Francisco's first three-game sweep of the Reds since May 3-5, 2002.

Staked to a 4-0 first-inning lead, Harvey nearly gave all of it back. Andrew McCutchen hit an RBI double in the first and scored on Pablo Sandoval's sacrifice fly, and Brandon Belt homered leading off the third.

Harvey, who pitched four scoreless innings in his Cincinnati debut last Friday, struck out the side in the fourth. He allowed three runs, seven hits and four walks in his first outing against the Giants since June 2015.

Harvey is encouraged, even with his pitch count climbing fast.

''It's been a while since I've felt stronger throughout a game, so getting up toward 80 pitches and still feeling strong and noticing the ball coming out the way it was it's definitely a big positive,'' he said.

Duvall also made a tremendous catch in left-center to steal a likely extra-base hit and turn Sandoval's drive into a sacrifice fly.

''Then Gennett making that play in right field, if that falls then it's a different ballgame, so they made a couple of plays there that saved them,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Reds manager Jim Riggleman figured the teams still might be playing if not for Scooter's play.

Pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford singled leading off the ninth against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, who finished the 2-hour, 41-minute game for his eighth save. Crawford, whose hit was his 10th in the past 13 at-bats, ended Iglesias' streak of 17 straight batters retired.

Cincinnati added an insurance run in the fifth on a passed ball that got by backup catcher Nick Hundley.

Giants lefty Andrew Suarez (1-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.

BELT'S POP

Belt homered in a fifth straight game against the Reds, a streak dating to May 13 last year. Barry Bonds had been the previous Giant to clear the fences in five consecutive games vs. one opponent, against San Diego in six straight games from April 12 to June 20 in 2001, according to STATS.

But Belt was upset to be called out on strikes to end the game by plate umpire Doug Eddings.

''It's tough because you hope an umpire doesn't affect a game like that, but he did and you're not sure if it was on purpose, either,'' Belt said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: 1B Joey Votto returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Tuesday with back tightness. He left Monday's game with the back issue. ... RHP Michael Lorenzen, on the disabled list all season with a strained pitching shoulder, allowed one walk in an otherwise clean inning during a rehab assignment for Double-A Pensacola against Biloxi.

Giants: C Buster Posey was off a day after taking a foul tip in the mask - and Bochy had planned to give him a day anyway. ''With the hard shot he took last night it makes sense to give him a full day off,'' Bochy said. ... SS Crawford had a day off to rest before the hit in the ninth. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner used all his pitches during a 30-throw bullpen session and Bochy said ''everything went well.'' Bumgarner will throw again Friday or Saturday then is scheduled to face hitters Tuesday in Houston as he works back from a broken pinkie in his pitching hand.

UP NEXT

Reds: Following an off day at home, RHP Homer Bailey (1-5, 5.59 ERA) makes his team-high 10th start in the opener of a series with the Cubs.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.94 ERA) pitches the opener against Colorado in the Giants' first matchup of 2018 with the division rival Rockies. San Francisco has faced the Dodgers 11 times already. ''It has been a different schedule,'' Bochy said.

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  • W: J. Hughes (2-2)L: A. Suarez (1-3)S: R. Iglesias (8)
  • HR: CIN - S. Gennett (7), A. Duvall (8), SF - B. Belt (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Gennett 2B42211001.327.363.528.8919.0
J. Votto 1B32110111.289.414.441.8554.5
A. Duvall LF41231000.191.277.418.6959.0
S. Schebler RF40000011.245.306.449.755-0.5
T. Barnhart C40000000.274.370.444.8140.0
A. Blandino 3B40200020.278.350.347.6971.0
M. Harvey P20000011.182.182.182.364-0.5
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Winker PH10000000.258.363.331.6940.0
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Hamilton CF40000021.212.307.311.617-1.0
  • a-grounded out for Hughes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Blanco CF31100012.269.315.375.6902.5
a- G. Hernandez PH-CF20000004.264.293.347.6410.0
A. McCutchen RF41110123.252.367.397.7644.0
B. Belt LF51211013.301.405.562.9666.5
E. Longoria 3B40300001.256.279.488.7663.0
P. Sandoval 1B20010113.270.319.429.7471.5
N. Hundley C40100012.288.329.530.8590.5
M. Gomez 2B40100013.200.200.200.4000.5
K. Tomlinson SS40200010.261.329.319.6482.5
A. Suarez P20000012.000.100.000.100-0.5
b- A. Jackson PH10000013.225.304.265.569-0.5
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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c- B. Crawford PH10100000.295.329.432.7611.0
  • a-popped out for Blanco in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
  • c-singled for Valdez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Gennett (11)
  • HR - S. Gennett (7), A. Duvall (8)
  • SH - W. Peralta (2)
  • RBI - S. Gennett (25), J. Votto (24), A. Duvall 3 (23)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Blanco (4), A. McCutchen (11), K. Tomlinson (4)
  • HR - B. Belt (9)
  • SF - P. Sandoval
  • RBI - A. McCutchen (17), B. Belt (23), P. Sandoval (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Peralta-Gennett-Votto; Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • PB - N. Hundley (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey4.07330516.171.434.5
W. Peralta2.02002103.801.692.5
J. Hughes (W, 2-2)2.02000201.400.8612.0
R. Iglesias (S, 8)1.01000201.310.8210.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey4.0
W. Peralta2.0
J. Hughes (W, 2-2)2.0
R. Iglesias (S, 8)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 1-3)6.08541514.881.272.5
C. Gearrin1.01110114.081.471.5
J. Valdez2.000001011.251.256.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 1-3)6.0
C. Gearrin1.0
J. Valdez2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-55, W. Peralta 28-18, J. Hughes 25-18, R. Iglesias 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 1-6, W. Peralta 3-1, J. Hughes 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 19, W. Peralta 9, J. Hughes 7, R. Iglesias 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 96-67, C. Gearrin 13-10, J. Valdez 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 10-3, C. Gearrin 1-1, J. Valdez 5-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 27, C. Gearrin 4, J. Valdez 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Peraza SS51200000.269.290.354.6443.0
S. Gennett 2B42211001.327.363.528.8919.0
J. Votto 1B32110111.289.414.441.8554.5
A. Duvall LF41231000.191.277.418.6959.0
S. Schebler RF40000011.245.306.449.755-0.5
T. Barnhart C40000000.274.370.444.8140.0
A. Blandino 3B40200020.278.350.347.6971.0
M. Harvey P20000011.182.182.182.364-0.5
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Winker PH10000000.258.363.331.6940.0
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B. Hamilton CF40000021.212.307.311.617-1.0
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  • a-grounded out for Hughes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Blanco CF31100012.269.315.375.6902.5
a- G. Hernandez PH-CF20000004.264.293.347.6410.0
A. McCutchen RF41110123.252.367.397.7644.0
B. Belt LF51211013.301.405.562.9666.5
E. Longoria 3B40300001.256.279.488.7663.0
P. Sandoval 1B20010113.270.319.429.7471.5
N. Hundley C40100012.288.329.530.8590.5
M. Gomez 2B40100013.200.200.200.4000.5
K. Tomlinson SS40200010.261.329.319.6482.5
A. Suarez P20000012.000.100.000.100-0.5
b- A. Jackson PH10000013.225.304.265.569-0.5
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Valdez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- B. Crawford PH10100000.295.329.432.7611.0
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  • a-popped out for Blanco in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
  • c-singled for Valdez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Gennett (11)
  • HR - S. Gennett (7), A. Duvall (8)
  • SH - W. Peralta (2)
  • RBI - S. Gennett (25), J. Votto (24), A. Duvall 3 (23)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Blanco (4), A. McCutchen (11), K. Tomlinson (4)
  • HR - B. Belt (9)
  • SF - P. Sandoval
  • RBI - A. McCutchen (17), B. Belt (23), P. Sandoval (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Peralta-Gennett-Votto; Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • PB - N. Hundley (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey4.07330516.171.434.5
W. Peralta2.02002103.801.692.5
J. Hughes (W, 2-2)2.02000201.400.8612.0
R. Iglesias (S, 8)1.01000201.310.8210.0
Total9.012332101---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey4.0
W. Peralta2.0
J. Hughes (W, 2-2)2.0
R. Iglesias (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 1-3)6.08541514.881.272.5
C. Gearrin1.01110114.081.471.5
J. Valdez2.000001011.251.256.5
Total9.0965172---
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 1-3)6.0
C. Gearrin1.0
J. Valdez2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-55, W. Peralta 28-18, J. Hughes 25-18, R. Iglesias 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 1-6, W. Peralta 3-1, J. Hughes 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 19, W. Peralta 9, J. Hughes 7, R. Iglesias 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 96-67, C. Gearrin 13-10, J. Valdez 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 10-3, C. Gearrin 1-1, J. Valdez 5-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 27, C. Gearrin 4, J. Valdez 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Gennett homered to right63
  • 5TH INNING
    Votto scored, Duvall to second on passed ball53
  • 3RD INNING
    Belt homered to right center43
  • 1ST INNING
    Sandoval hit sacrifice fly to left, McCutchen scored42
    McCutchen doubled to deep right, Blanco scored41
    Duvall homered to left center, Gennett and Votto scored40
    Votto singled to left, Peraza scored, Gennett to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jesse Winker hit for Jared Hughes
    • J. Winker: Winker grounded out to first
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • Brandon Crawford hit for Jose Valdez
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Crawford singled to left center
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez popped out to shortstop
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Ball, Crawford to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jose Valdez relieved Cory Gearrin
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blandino struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hughes Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • M. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to first
    • K. Tomlinson: Tomlinson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Cory Gearrin pitching
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza flied out to center
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett homered to right
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Duvall grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jared Hughes relieved Wandy Peralta
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Belt singled to deep right
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Longoria singled to left, Belt to second
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Sandoval grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Longoria out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blandino singled to right
    • W. Peralta: Foul, Strike looking, Peralta hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Blandino to second
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Peralta Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sandoval walked
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Hundley singled to left, Sandoval to second
    • M. Gomez: Foul, Gomez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sandoval out at third, Hundley to second
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Tomlinson singled to right, Hundley to third, Gomez to second
    • Austin Jackson hit for Andrew Suarez
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • Gorkys Hernandez hit for Gregor Blanco
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez fouled out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gennett popped out to catcher
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Votto walked
    • A. Duvall: Duvall singled to shallow right, Votto to third
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Votto scored, Duvall to second on passed ball, Schebler grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Matt Harvey
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Belt reached on fielder's choice to second, McCutchen out at second
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Belt out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Blandino struck out looking
    • M. Harvey: Harvey grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tomlinson struck out swinging
    • A. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Ball, Duvall grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Schebler grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Barnhart flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Belt homered to right center
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria singled to left center
    • P. Sandoval: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Hundley flied out to deep center
    • M. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza singled to right
    • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Gennett grounded out to first, Peraza to second
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • M. Gomez: Foul, Gomez singled to right
    • K. Tomlinson: Tomlinson doubled to right, Gomez to third
    • A. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Foul, Blanco flied out to left
    • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCutchen lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peraza singled to right center
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Gennett doubled to deep left, Peraza to third
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Votto singled to left, Peraza scored, Gennett to third
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Duvall homered to left center, Gennett and Votto scored
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to third
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Ball, Blandino singled to right center
    • M. Harvey: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harvey struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Blanco doubled to shallow left
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, McCutchen doubled to deep right, Blanco scored
    • B. Belt: Ball, Belt flied out to left
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria singled to left, McCutchen to third
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sandoval hit sacrifice fly to left, McCutchen scored
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hundley lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)