The Reds and the Giants combined for 28 hits on Wednesday in San Francisco, but it was Cincinnati who was able to cash in as it went on to win 8-3.
Mike Leake (10-4) allowed 12 hits in six innings, but only allowed one run to score. He also had three of the Reds (58-44) 13 hits. With the victory the Reds leave San Francisco with three wins in four games to start the road trip.
Cincinnati pounced on Giants’ (46-55) starter Chad Gaudin (4-2) right off the bat as Shin-Soo Choo doubled to start the game. He scored two batters later on a sac fly by Joey Votto to make it a 1-0 game.
That lead grew in the third when Votto singled with two outs and then came home after a single by Brandon Phillips and an error by Hunter Pence. Jay Bruce doubled home Phillips and then two batters later Devin Mesoraco plated Bruce to make it a 4-0 game.
The Giants got their lone run off Leake in the third when Pence singled home Marco Scutaro. For the game Leake stranded 10 runners including the fourth inning when he left the bases loaded.
Votto and Phillips each drove in a run in the fourth to extend the lead to 6-1. The two were at it again in the sixth, this time against Jose Mijares, when Votto tripled and then scored on an RBI single by Phillips. He came in to score when Mesoraco drove in his second run of the game with a single.
Leake walked the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh and Dusty Baker opted to go to Sam LeCure. He responded by striking out two and getting Buster Posey to ground into a fielder’s choice at the plate.
The Giants were able to finally cash in against Logan Ondrusek in the eighth when Pablo Sandoval doubled in two runs to cut the lead to 8-3. Like the pitchers before him, Ondrusek was able to get out of any further damage as he stranded runners at second and third to end the inning. He then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the victory.
The Reds will now head to Los Angeles where they will face the red-hot Dodgers (53-47) who have won all six of their games since the All-Star break. They are coming off a sweep of Toronto in which they accumulated 32 runs on 45 hits over the three game series.
Mat Latos (9-3) will have the task of taming those bats and will have to do so against former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke (8-2). Greinke is the first of two Cy Young winners the Reds will see in L.A. as Clayton Kershaw (9-6) takes the mound against Homer Bailey (5-9) on Friday. Cincinnati has already seen two Cy Young winners on the road trip so far going 1-1 against Tim Linceum and Barry Zito.