Reds go extra to win 10th of 11 games

Jeff Wallner, Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CINCINNATI -- There was no history made by the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. But, coming off the euphoria of Homer Bailey's no-hitter the night before, their third straight victory over the San Francisco Giants has picked the Reds up off the mat after a dismal road trip.
Wednesday's four-hour, 35-minute marathon ended when Shin-Soo Choo singled to right field driving home Todd Frazier with the winning run in a 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Giants before a sold-out crowd of 40,757 at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati (49-36) has assured itself of a victory of the four-game series after going 2-6 on the previous road trip.
The Reds now have won 10 of their past 11 regular season games against the Giants at Great American Ball Park.
"The road trip was pretty bad, but that's baseball," Frazier said. "It's the most humbling sport in the world, you have to understand that. You've got to play it inning by inning, day by day. We're tired right now, but we grinded out the win tonight."
Javier Lopez (1-1) walked Frazier on four pitches to begin the 11th inning. Frazier reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Heisey and scored on Choo's two-out single.
J.J. Hoover (2-5) pitched two innings, allowing one hit with four strikeouts, to earn the victory.
Tony Abreu hit a two-run home run to briefly put the Giants ahead in the fifth. That homer, Abreu's first of the season, was all the offense they could muster.
San Francisco (39-45) has scored five or fewer runs in 18 straight games.
"We couldn't get a hit with men in scoring position," said manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants who were 0-for-7 with RISP. "We have too many guys scuffling. I don't know why, whether they are pressing or trying too hard. I wish I had the answer. It seems like we've been saying this for quite a while. We need someone to give us a spark and get a big hit."
Heisey, starting in left field for the first time since being placed on the disabled list on April 29, tied the score 2-2 with a solo home run off George Kontos in the sixth for Cincinnati. It was Heisey's third homer of the season, first since April 23.
"It seemed like Heisey had no interest in the fastball," Kontos said. "It was a slider low and away. Unfortunately, it didn't bounce. He hit it off his front foot and it carried. It is definitely frustrating."
Giants starter Barry Zito allowed one run on seven hits, walked one and struck out three in four innings.
"It was a good night for our bullpen. I put them in a tough situation," Zito said. "My pitch count was high. I have to start getting more action in three pitches. I got too deep in counts."
Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani gave up four hits, including Abreu's two-run home run, in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five over 97 pitches.
Cincinnati's bullpen, well-rested following Homer Bailey's no-hitter, kept the score tied through eight innings.
The Giants loaded the bases in the eighth against right-hander Alfredo Simon, who threw a pair of wild pitches, issued a walk and a hit batter. Pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias, making his first appearance since straining his left hamstring on June 24, flew out to right to end the inning.
Cincinnati relievers didn't allow a hit for 4 2/3 innings before Arias doubled in the 11th.
The teams combined to use 14 pitchers.
Cingrani's control issues caught up to him in the fifth when he walked Gregor Blanco before giving up Abreu's first home run of the season, a 441-foot blast to left field that put the Giants ahead 2-1.
Heisey's sacrifice fly drove home Jay Bruce with the game's first run in the second inning.
The Giants had runners on first and second with one out in the third, but a bizarre play squelched the rally.
Hunter Pence's looping liner was dropped by second baseman Brandon Phillips, but the infield fly rule was instituted. Buster Posey broke for second on the play and Phillips threw to shortstop Zack Cozart, who tagged him out to complete an odd 4-6 double play.
"We were down to our last man," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "We cleared the bench to try to win that game. The main thing is that we won the game. Our best days are still ahead of us."
NOTES: Abreu's homer was his first since Sept. 16, 2012. ... Devin Mesoraco's three hits were a career high. .. Giants 2B Marco Scutaro was given a day off due to tightness in his back, something he has been battling since spring training. "He's trying to be a warrior and play through it," Bochy said. "He's at a point where he needs a break." Abreu started at second base and batted second. ... The Giants are 15-30 on the road, just six losses shy of last season's total. ... Heisey, who was on the disabled list from April 29 to June 25 with a strained right hamstring, started in left field Wednesday after serving as the club's designated hitter in three interleague games on the last road trip. ... Reds OF Billy Hamilton, the club's top minor league prospect and who leads the International League with 49 stolen bases, was named to the IL All-Star team Wednesday.

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