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Giants Beat Reds 8-3 for 1st 3-Game Win Streak

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Brandon Belt homered again and the San Francisco Giants posted their first three-game winning streak of the season, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Sunday.

Belt hit his third home run in four games. Joe Panik and Eduardo Nunez each drove in two runs and Buster Posey had two hits for the Giants.

Scooter Gennett drove in two runs for the Reds, who lost their third straight.

Jeff Samardzija (1-5) snapped a personal six-game losing streak dating to last season. He gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.

Reds starter Tim Adleman (2-2) gave up four runs and was taken out after the first inning because of a neck strain.

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Belt, Ruggiano Power Giants to 3-1 Win Over Reds

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The San Francisco Giants needed a lengthy outing from Matt Moore, and he delivered.

Moore pitched into the eighth inning, Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano homered and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday in a matchup of weary teams.

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Christian Arroyo and Brandon Belt celebrate beating the Reds 3-1 on May 13. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

San Francisco and Cincinnati had a quick turnaround after they played 17 innings Friday night, with the Giants winning 3-2 on Buster Posey’s game-ending homer.

Moore (2-4) provided a lift with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He allowed eight hits, struck out seven and walked three.

“It was really needed for us for him to get us deep in the game,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He really gave us a little more than I thought, to be honest.”

The last-place Giants (14-24) won consecutive games for just the second time this season. They have won three of four overall.

“You’ve got to start somewhere,” Bochy said. “We’re trying to look at the positive signs here. It’s good to get a couple in a row against a team that was really tough at their ballpark.”

Scott Schebler homered for Cincinnati, which swept a three-game series against San Francisco last weekend. Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1) pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game.

The Giants jumped in front on Belt’s long drive in the first inning. Belt’s second homer of the series and No. 6 on the year sailed into the San Francisco Bay for his sixth career “splash hit.”

Ruggiano connected in the second for his first homer with the Giants. Schebler went deep in the sixth, but the Reds were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

“The last couple of games we haven’t been able to deliver those big hits,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

“We had a lot of opportunities to end last night’s game before the 17th. They pitched us tough just like we pitched them tough. Neither team could come up with the big hits to get that create separation.”

Derek Law pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save in four tries.

SURVIVOR

Instincts may have saved Moore when Joey Votto hit a line drive up the middle in the seventh inning. Either that or luck. The left-hander caught the ball for the second out.

“It was like, I threw the ball and now my hand is hurting. That was it,” Moore said. “It was a big out. With two strikes and him hitting the ball that hard I kind of got lucky there.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: OF Hunter Pence (hamstring tightness) was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day. Pence appeared in Friday night’s 17-inning game as a pinch hitter.

UMPIRE SWITCH

Umpire Ryan Blakney replaced Tony Randazzo, who left Friday’s game in the 13th inning after being hit in the mask earlier in the game.

UP NEXT

Reds right-hander Tim Adleman (2-1, 4.44 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Giants on Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in his last two starts. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-5, 5.44 ERA) pitches for the Giants. He is 2-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 25 career appearances against Cincinnati.

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Posey’s 17th Inning Homer Ends Marathon Game

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After catching for 269 pitches and watching his beleaguered bullpen escape jam after jam in extra innings, Buster Posey took matters into his own hands.

Posey homered with one out in the 17th inning for the latest walkoff homer in San Francisco history as the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season with a 3-2 victory Friday night.

Posey sent the first pitch he saw from Robert Stephenson (0-2) over the left-field wall for his fourth homer of the week, ending the marathon game after 5 hours, 28 minutes. The Giants rushed out of the dugout to celebrate with Posey while the few fans remaining cheered.

“It wouldn’t have been fun to lose this,” Posey said. “We were out of pitching, fortunately got it done there.”

Posey’s game-ending homer was the latest for the Giants since they moved to San Francisco, topping Willie Mays’ 16th inning shot off Warren Spahn that provided the only run in a 1-0 win against the Braves on July 2, 1963.

“I think Buster had enough,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That was huge for us.”

Cincinnati had won seven of eight but couldn’t get the big hit this game. The Reds were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 16 runners.

“To play 17 and lose, it’s a lot different feeling in the Giants’ clubhouse right now than it is in ours,” manager Bryan Price said. “Both teams had an awful lot of opportunities to win that game, and no one could come up with the big hit until Posey did.”

The Reds had won all four meetings so far between the teams, outscoring the Giants 34-7 in those games. They had plenty of chances to win this one as well as they put multiple runners on base in three of the final four innings without scoring.

Cory Gearrin (1-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 16th by striking out Billy Hamilton. He then stranded two more runners in the 17th
to earn the win.

The best chance came in the 14th when Cincinnati put runners on second and third with one out. Jose Peraza then hit a hard grounder that shortstop

Brandon Crawford bobbled before gathering it in time to throw Scott Schebler out at the plate. Bryan Morris then picked Scooter Gennett off second to escape the jam.

San Francisco got nine scoreless innings from seven relievers.

“Got to be a confidence booster for our bullpen,” Posey said. “They did a great job with such a potent offense. Put up zeros as much as they did will be big going forward.”

Denard Span got the Giants started against Scott Feldman with his 12th career leadoff home run, his second homer in as many games since coming off the disabled list Thursday. He added an RBI single to tie it in the fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Billy Hamilton was bothered by a sore calf and Price said he almost put a pitcher into center field to get Hamilton out of the game. He is day to day. … LHP Tony Cingrani will have his next bullpen session pushed back a day or two because of soreness in his injured oblique.
Giants: Closer Mark Melancon (sore forearm) is expected to play catch on Saturday for the first time since going on the DL earlier this week.

WORKHORSE
Cueto went a season-high eight innings, allowing only two runs in the second on an RBI triple by Gennett and a sacrifice fly by Tucker Barnhart. Cueto finished strong by getting Joey Votto to fly out with a runner on base with his 119th and final pitch of the game.

BUNT TO BUNT
The Giants opened the fifth inning with back-to-back bunt singles by Eduardo Nunez and Justin Reggiano. Cueto followed with a third straight bunt to advance the runners on the sacrifice. Span followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 2.

TOUGH UMP
Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo had a scary moment in the fifth inning when he was hit square in the mask by a 91 mph Cueto fastball. Hamilton squared to bunt and pulled the bat back at the last minute. Posey couldn’t get his glove on it and the ball hit Randazzo and knocked him straight to the ground. Giants trainer Dave Groeschner rushed out to check on Randazzo, who stayed in the game. He then left after the 13th inning and was replaced by second-base umpire Clint Fagan.

UP NEXT
Lisalverto Bonilla (0-0, 7.20) will become the ninth pitcher to start a game this season for the Reds when he takes on Matt Moore (1-4, 6.52).