Giants hold off Reds, snap Cincinnati’s 6-game winning streak


Andrew McCutchen saw no reason to dwell on his 1,500th hit because he hopes to add many more.

McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach the career milestone and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ six-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Monday night.

“It’s not a big deal because I don’t want to stop at 1,500,” McCutchen said. “It’s just another hit and hopefully I can keep going and get 1,500 more.”

McCutchen sparked a three-run first inning against Sal Romano (2-4) with his first hit and drove home a run in the second with another double. Kelby Tomlinson added a two-run single in the third and Brandon Belt homered and knocked in three runs to give the Giants consecutive wins following a six-game skid.

Tucker Barnhart homered and had three RBIs, Scott Schebler hit a solo shot and Adam Duvall added a three-run homer but the Reds failed to move out of last place in the National League because of a rough start by Romano.

“I thought I threw some pretty good off-speed pitches, but I just never got in that flow,” Romano said. “I’ve got to be able to bear down and get guys out with two outs. I allowed a lot of two-out hits and then obviously in the third inning with the one-out hits. Just wasn’t sharp.”

The right-hander put Cincinnati in an early hole when Evan Longoria drove in McCutchen with a two-out single in the first and Brandon Crawford added a two-run double.

McCutchen drove in a run with a two-out hit in the second as the Giants scored three of their first four runs after there were two outs.

“You saw the difference when that happens,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We had some games where we were missing that. We were fortunate we did it tonight because they were scoring runs there, too.”

Tomlinson ended Romano’s night with his one-out hit in the third. Romano gave up six runs over 2 1/3 innings after allowing two or fewer earned runs in his previous five starts.

“He’s been doing a really good job for us,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “His stuff just wasn’t as sharp tonight. He was out there competing like he always does but it just wasn’t quite coming out of his hand the way it had been lately and the Giants made him pay for it.”

Chris Stratton (4-3) wasn’t much better, allowing two homers in five-plus innings. He has served up six long balls in his past four starts after permitting none in the previous six dating to last season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Joey Votto left in the fourth with tightness in his lower back and might need a day off Tuesday. … RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) and RHP Anthony DeSclafani (left oblique strain) were sent to Double-A Pensacola on rehab assignments. DeSclafani started and threw three perfect innings. Lorenzen followed and pitched a scoreless fourth. Lorenzen will need about three more outings and could be back in a week to 10 days, Riggleman said. DeSclafani should be ready to return in late May or early June.

SHAKE IT UP

There was a minor 3.5-magnitude earthquake centered across the bay near Oakland that was felt by some at the ballpark during a plate appearance by Votto in the first inning.

DOUBLED UP

The Giants had a season-high seven doubles, including two each by McCutchen and Crawford.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

College softball: Lakota West’s Cummins will continue career at Miami
College softball: Lakota West’s Cummins will continue career at Miami

Allie Cummins is headed for the Mid-American Conference after all. The recent Lakota West High School graduate and Division I All-Ohio softball standout announced her decommitment from Akron on May 31 and will now continue her career closer to home at Miami University. The shortstop hit .591 with 17 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 44 RBIs...
Former Ohio State football player passes away
Former Ohio State football player passes away

Highland Local Schools announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Ohio State football player Mike Kudla.  No cause of death was released, but Kudla was only 34.  After graduating from Highland in 2002, Kudla played linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes from 2002-05.  He was an All-Big Ten first-team pick in 2005 and had...
Dragons pitcher Naughton Midwest League player of the week
Dragons pitcher Naughton Midwest League player of the week

Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton, who extended a scoreless streak to 24 innings during a defeat of Cane County on Sunday, was named the Midwest League (Class A) pitcher of the week for July 9-15 on Monday. »RELATED: Dragons photo gallery »RELATED: Streak ends but Dragons win Naughton is a left-hander from Boston and was a ninth-round draft...
Votto: Riggleman brings ‘good energy’ to Reds
Votto: Riggleman brings ‘good energy’ to Reds

The Cincinnati Reds shared a press conference with Joey Votto on Facebook Live on Monday, one day before the 89th All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. Votto, a six-time All-Star, answered all manners of questions from reporters. Here are a few highlights of the session: On former teammate Shin-Soo Choo being a first-time All-Star: “I was stunned...
Pro Football Focus pessimistic about Bengals offensive line progress
Pro Football Focus pessimistic about Bengals offensive line progress

Pro Football Focus still thinks the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line will be bad this season.  This seems to be predicated on two things: Ohio State rookie Billy Price being no better than last year’s center and Trey Hopkins both being the starting right guard and being no better than he was a year ago.  I’m not sure I agree...
More Stories