The Reds hope for another strong showing at the plate while trying to win consecutive games for the first time in almost six weeks Saturday when they continue their home set with the San Francisco Giants.
Cincinnati (59-76) won 11-7 on Friday, scoring in double digits for the first time since winning 12-7 at the Chicago Cubs on July 10 when Griffey and Dunn each homered and combined for five RBIs.
Since Griffey was sent to the Chicago White Sox on July 31 and Dunn to Arizona on Aug. 11, the Reds were hitting .220 and averaging 3.3 runs in 15 games without the pair prior to Friday’s contest.
“We need all we can get right now,” said Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, whose team scored 26 total runs during its 3-6 road trip that ended Thursday. “We needed this offense for our confidence.”
Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs, while rookie Chris Dickerson had three hits including a homer and four RBIs on Friday for the Reds, who improved to 9-23 since last winning two straight games versus San Diego on July 22-23.
Encarnacion has a career-high 23 homers this season and is 6-for-17 with six RBIs versus the Giants in 2008. Dickerson, meanwhile, is batting .328 (20-for-61) with four homers and 10 RBIs since being called up from the minors on Aug. 12.
Cincinnati hopes for another big night as it faces Kevin Correia (3-7, 5.11 ERA), who looks to win consecutive games for the first time this season when he takes the ball for San Francisco (59-75). He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 7-4 win over San Diego on Sunday.
“He pitched great and he’s been pitching great,” Giants catcher Bengie Molina said of Correia, whose previous victory came at Los Angeles on July 28. “That’s why I wanted to help him so bad to win that game.”
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in four career starts against Cincinnati and left his last start against the Reds on April 26 after just nine pitches due to a strained oblique that landed him on the disabled list until June 15.
Cincinnati’s Ramon Ramirez is expected to make his major league debut for the Reds after going 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 starts and four relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville. The right-hander had a 1.38 ERA in his last five starts in the minors.
Eugenio Velez had three RBIs while Rich Aurilia added a pinch-hit two-run homer Friday for San Francisco, which has lost three of four since winning five in a row. Randy Winn added a single and is hitting .400 (8-for-20) over his last five games.
The Giants also struggled defensively Friday, committing two errors while failing to properly execute a rundown play.
“We self-destructed there with some sloppy play,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s really what did us in.”
San Francisco has lost three in a row to Cincinnati as the Reds lead 3-1 in the season series.