Reds redux: Cincy routs Giants once again

Reds redux: Cincy routs Giants once again

CINCINNATI -- Performing as if Friday and Saturday weren't divided, the Reds dominated the Giants for the second night in a row in a 14-2 shellacking at Great American Ball Park.

This game closely resembled Friday's series opener, a 13-3 Reds triumph. Billy Hamilton again galvanized Cincinnati's offense Saturday, going 3-for-5 to finish a homer shy of the cycle while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs.

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"A lot of times, maybe three or four guys are going well and three or four are scuffling," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Right now, most of the guys in the lineup, including the bench players, are swinging the bat. It makes a difference."

Price on the Reds offense in win

Adam Duvall clobbered a first-inning homer off his former teammates, and right fielder Patrick Kivlehan overcame a second-inning error by going 4-for-5 with a homer. The Reds, in last place in the National League's Central Division a week ago, are now tied with the Chicago Cubs for first at 16-14.

Kivlehan's solo home run

"We're just collectively, as a group, putting together good at-bats," said Duvall, who has nine home runs this season. "We're hitting with runners in scoring position now, and that's a big key. We know there's a lot of season left. We just need to continue to do the small things right."

The Reds scored in seven of eight innings Friday and in each of the first five this time. They also tallied in Saturday's seventh inning, giving them runs in 13 of 16 offensive innings this series.

The offense provided Reds starter Amir Garrett (3-2) with an excess of support as he limited the Giants to two runs and five hits in six innings. Robert Stephenson worked the final three innings for his first career save.

"The big cushion helps a lot," Garrett said. "It takes a lot of stress off you."

Giants left-hander Ty Blach surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) and 11 hits in three innings as his ERA ballooned from 2.55 to 5.66.

Duvall's solo home run

"I think they're really aggressive hitters," Blach said of the Reds. "If you get behind, they're going to make you pay. They're not afraid to swing the bat. They're going to try to dictate things offensively. It comes down to being able to make pitches, and I didn't do that tonight."

Blach became the first Giant to yield 10 or more runs in a game since Jamey Wright on May 1, 2008, against San Diego. The Giants are 2-3 on their three-city, nine-game trip, having allowed 13 or more runs in each defeat.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Proficient at the plate … : The Giants actually were one out away from escaping the second inning with a 2-2 tie. But Hamilton, whose ability to produce runs isn't limited to scoring them, doubled home Devin Mesoraco and Garrett with a two-out double. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Friday night's win.

... And in the field: San Francisco scored twice in the second inning but almost surely would have amassed more were it not for Hamilton's leaping catch of Eduardo Nunez's drive to a step or two in front of the left-center-field wall. The Giants, who had the bases loaded with nobody out at the time, had to settle for a sacrifice fly on the play.

"He goes up against the wall, collides with the wall, and makes the catch right there," Price said. "He gets us a big out in a situation where things were starting to unravel. It could have been a big inning."

Hamilton's great all-around game

"That's probably clearing the bases," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, estimating the impact of Hamilton's catch on San Francisco's offense.

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Hamilton's 10.58-second home-to-third on his first-inning triple was the fastest triple of the 2017 season and second-fastest of the Statcast™ era behind his own 10.45 on Aug. 13, 2016.

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WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: Hoping to avoid being swept in a three-game series at Cincinnati for the first time since July 1-3, 2003, the Giants will send right-hander Johnny Cueto to the mound for the 1:10 p.m PT Sunday finale. Cueto will try to ignore a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand while pitching in his former home park.

Reds: Cincinnati will send right-hander Scott Feldman (1-3, 4.83 ERA) to the mound in Sunday's 4:10 p.m. ET series finale. Feldman surrendered 11 earned runs over nine innings in losses to Milwaukee and Pittsburgh during his last two starts.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Call is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Reds on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.