Harang, who was 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA at the end of May, endured a brutal June, going 0-4 with a 6.67 ERA in five outings. Thus far, July hasn’t been any kinder to the right-hander.
Harang yielded four runs and eight hits over seven innings—his longest outing since June 10—in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Houston. He struck out four and walked one, falling to 0-5 since a 9-0 victory over Houston on May 30.
Despite his extended slump, Harang still leads the pitching-poor Reds in ERA (4.18), strikeouts (94) and is tied with four other pitchers for the team lead in wins with four.
Cincinnati took the first two games of the series—winning back-to-back road games for the first time this season—before Wednesday’s 7-2 loss.
Rookie Lance Niekro’s pinch-hit two-run triple broke a tie in the fifth inning as the Giants ended a four-game losing streak.
Adam Dunn drove in both runs for the Reds, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Dunn has driven in 11 runs in his last 14 games.
Cincinnati is still looking to win its first road series of the year.