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Choo's Single in 11th Lifts Reds Over Giants 3-2
CINCINNATI Shin-Soo Choo's two-out single in the 11th inning drove in Todd Frazier from second base, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Frazier walked to lead off the 11th against Javier Lopez (1-1) and went to second on Chris Heisey's sacrifice. After Devin Mesoraco was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter Ryan Hanigan popped out before Choo came up with the hit that gave the Reds three straight wins for the first time since June 10-12 against the Cubs.
J.J. Hoover (2-5), Cincinnati's seventh pitcher of the game, struck out four batters in two innings for the win.
The spiraling Giants have lost nine of their last 10 games.
In their first game after being held hitless by Homer Bailey on Tuesday, the Giants needed just two batters to remove any doubt. Tony Abreu, San Francisco's No. 2 hitter against Tony Cingrani, reached second base with a bloop double down the right field line for the Giants' first hit in 11 innings since Brandon Belt led off the fifth with a home run in an 8-1, six-inning loss to the Reds on Monday.
The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the second, which Giants starter Barry Zito opened by hitting Jay Bruce with a pitch. Bruce went to third on Todd Frazier's single to center field and scored on Heisey's sacrifice fly.
The Giants took their first lead of the series in the fifth when Blanco drew a two-out walk and Abreu followed with a 442-foot blast into the upper deck in left field on Cingrani's 1-1 pitch. The homer was Abreu's first since last Sept. 16 for Kansas City against the Angels.
Cingrani, making his eighth start of the season and first since Johnny Cueto went on the disabled list June 29 with a strained lat muscle, allowed four hits and two runs with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings. His walks were a single-game career high as a starter.
Zito left the game after Choo and Zack Cozart led off the fifth with singles. Zito allowed seven hits and one run with a walk and three strikeouts.
Heisey, on the disabled list from April 29 to June 25 with a strained right hamstring, tied the game with a 422-foot solo homer into the left field seats on a one-strike pitch from George Kontos. The homer was Heisey's third of the season and first since April 23 against the Cubs in Cincinnati.
Notes: Heisey made his first start in the field since coming off the disabled list on June 25. Heisey started at designated hitter in one game each at Texas and Oakland on Cincinnati's last road trip. ... The sellout crowd that showed up for Frazier's bobblehead night and post-game fireworks was Cincinnati's ninth of the season. The team had a club-record 15 last season. ... Tightness in Marco Scutaro's back prompted Giants' manager Bruce Bochy to give the second baseman Wednesday night off. ... RHP Matt Cain is scheduled to start for San Francisco against RHP Mike Leake in Thursday's finale of the four-game series.