Giants 7, Reds 3

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Dustin Hermanson made the most of his return to the majors.

Hermanson allowed two runs over six innings, and Barry Bonds and Edgardo Alfonzo each had two RBIs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Sunday night.

San Francisco avoided being swept in a three-game series at Cincinnati for the first time since June 21-23, 1994.

The Reds had their four-game winning streak snapped, losing for the second time in six games under interim manager Dave Miley. They missed a chance to climb out of fifth place in the NL Central for the first time since July 19.

Called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Hermanson (2-2) allowed four hits in his first start since last Aug. 22 for Boston. He made 23 relief appearances with St. Louis this season before being released in June. The Giants signed him to a minor league contract on July 14.

Hermanson expected to be starting for Fresno in Portland on Sunday. He’d flown with Fresno to Portland on Saturday morning, only to learn he had less than an hour to catch a flight to Cincinnati.

“Sometimes, that’s the best thing—just go out and pitch,” Hermanson said. “I just tried to remind myself that I’d been (in the majors) for quite a while and to be aggressive and have fun.”

The outing matched his longest since he went seven innings for the Cardinals at Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, 2001.

Jimmy Haynes (2-12), struggling with a recurrence of back problems that plagued him earlier this season, allowed six hits and six earned runs in 2 2-3 innings to hike his ERA from 5.89 to 6.30. He is the first Reds pitcher to begin a season 2-12 since Ewell Blackwell in 1952.

“Things haven’t gone my way this year at all,” said Haynes, who led the Reds with a career-high 15 wins last season. “Even when I make decent pitches, I give up hits and runs. This is one of those rough years. This is one of those years you try to forget about.”

Haynes has failed to last three innings in two of his last four starts. He spent 39 days on the disabled list with a bulging disc earlier this season and believes he may need more rest.

“I don’t want to go out there and keep going and hurt something worse or hurt my arm,” he said. “I’m a competitor. I hate to be on the DL, but if the training staff and the (doctor) think that’s the best thing, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Alfonzo had two hits as the NL West-leading Giants sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs with two outs in the third. Bonds had a two-run single and Alfonzo, who opened the inning with a single, greeted reliever Brian Reith with a two-run double to cap the rally.

“That was a tough third inning for us,” Miley said. “You hope to minimize the damage with two outs. That’s a tough hole to dig out of—down six.”

San Francisco got five hits with runners in scoring position during the inning. Marquis Grissom had an RBI infield single and Benito Santiago a run-scoring single.

“We got a lot of big hits,” San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. “We didn’t really crush it. We got a lot of soft hits that gave guys a shot at scoring.”

The Reds got just one hit in the first four innings, but Juan Castro singled with one out in the fifth. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on D’Angelo Jimenez’s two-out single.

Jason LaRue hit his 14th homer and third in his last four games in the sixth.

Santiago reached in the seventh on a one-out double that was misplayed by rookie center fielder Wily Mo Pena. Santiago advanced on Alfonzo’s groundout and scored on Neifi Perez’s single.

Castro hit an RBI single in the ninth for Cincinnati.

Notes

George Foster, the left fielder on the 1970s Big Red Machine teams that won back-to-back World Series, and deaf-mute outfielder William “Dummy” Hoy, who played for Cincinnati around the turn of the 20th century, were inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame during pregame ceremonies. … Foster was the 1977 NL MVP, when he set club records with 52 homers and 149 RBIs. … Hoy batted .293 and stole 176 bases during five seasons (1894-1897, 1902) with the Reds. … San Francisco, the NL’s best-fielding team, committed five errors in the three-game series. … The Reds, the league’s worst-fielding team, committedone. … Cincinnati’s Sean Casey has two hits in his last 17 at-bats.

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