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Giants come out swinging to rout Reds again, 16-5

Aug 25, 2010 - 6:19 AM By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer

SAN FRANCISCO(AP) -- Pat Burrell stopped on his way to the shower and pulled Pablo Sandoval into a celebratory Panda hug.

"Come on, baby," Burrell said.

It's taken a calculated combination of Giants new, like Burrell, and Giants old, like "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval, to put San Francisco back in the thick of the playoff chase.

Sandoval homered and drove in four runs while showing signs his swing is finally back on track, Buster Posey hit a three-run homer and the Giants routed the Cincinnati Reds for the second straight game with a 16-5 victory Tuesday night.

"Panda's back," Andres Torres said. "That's the Pablo, the Panda, I know."

The victory gave the Giants their first series win in their last four, all against contending teams.

Torres hit a pair of two-run doubles for a career-high four RBIs as San Francisco followed an 11-2 win Monday with a season high in runs to move into a first-place tie with the Phillies for the NL wild card. The NL Central-leading Reds remained 2 1/2 games up on the Cardinals after St. Louis lost at Pittsburgh.

Juan Uribe added a two-run homer, Freddy Sanchez had a solo shot while getting four hits for the second straight night, and newly acquired Cody Ross contributed two singles and an RBI in his first start with the Giants.

"It's true, man, hitting's contagious," Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff said.

Torres doubled in the fourth and the sixth. San Francisco scored 11 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since June 27-28, 2000, at Colorado - and the first time at home since Sept. 2-3, 1973.

"They beat us up good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Any time we posed a threat and got close, they ran it up on us again."

Scott Rolen hit at two-run homer for Cincinnati and Brandon Phillips had a pair of solo homers for his sixth career multihomer game and first of the season. It was the 12th multihomer game by a Reds player in 2010.

San Francisco took a nice lead in the first for the second straight game, getting Ross' single off Travis Wood (4-2) and then a two-run single by Sandoval. The Panda added an RBI double in the fifth and is showing signs of getting on track after a season-long funk. He received a standing ovation when he reached second on the double, then topped that with a sixth-inning homer.

Sandoval said he takes a deep breath each time he steps into the batter's box. Something sure is working.

"Every at-bat I calm myself down, relax," he said. "It's just being comfortable at home plate."

The Giants grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first inning. They had 17 hits in the game and 18 Tuesday, the club's first back-to-back games with 17 or more hits since July 8-9 1993, at Philadelphia.

All this offense after being shut out 9-0 in Sunday's series finale at St. Louis and scoring seven total runs against the Cardinals.

"The ball was flying," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've had some good at-bats the last two nights."

San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez was staked to a big lead but didn't last the five innings he needed to be eligible for the win. Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched two innings for the victory.

Wood, the Reds' 23-year-old rookie left-hander, had won his previous four starts with a 2.19 ERA, but lasted only four innings in this one. He was trying to become the first Reds rookie to win five straight starts since Tom Browning in 1985.

Phillips and Rolen each connected in the fifth, when the Reds nearly cleared the fences a third time. Left fielder Pat Burrell made a leaping catch at the top of the fence to rob Jonny Gomes of what would have been his 100th career home run.

"It became a two-possession game there toward the end," said Rolen, who flied out to end the sixth with the bases loaded.

Cincinnati was without center fielder Jim Edmonds and left fielder Laynce Nix after both were injured in Monday's loss. Edmonds went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, while Nix was listed as day to day with a sprained left ankle.

Chris Valaika, recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, became the eighth Reds player to make his major league debut this year. He singled in his first career at-bat in the sixth.

Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez was warming up in the bullpen in the fifth when he fielded the ball on Drew Stubbs' sharp grounder down the left-field line, unaware the ball was fair. It was a ground-rule double. Baker came out to discuss the play with the umpires.

Notes: Baker, back in the Bay Area where he began as a manager with the Giants from 1993-2002, is still weighing an offer of a multiyear contract extension from Cincinnati. ... Ross played RF and batted fifth in his first start for the Giants since being awarded to them off a waiver claim from the Marlins on Sunday. ... The Reds are considering skipping RHP Edinson Volquez's next turn in the rotation after he lasted only 2-3 of an inning Monday. Pitching coach Bryan Price has worked up a couple of scenarios with an off day Thursday and also Sept. 2. ... Cincinnati won its first two series on this West Coast swing, at Arizona and Los Angeles.






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    Reds 5, Giants 16  FinalAug 27 11:56 PM


  • Giants 16, Reds 5 - FINAL
    CINCINNATI ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    B Phillips 2b 5 2 3 2 0 0 0 .290
    D Stubbs cf 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .237
    M Cairo 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .284
    J Votto 1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .323
    R Hanigan c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .285
    S Rolen 3b 4 1 1 2 0 1 4 .296
    C Heisey

    Aug 25 1:20 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ANDRES TORRES SCORED NATE SCHIERHOLTZ AND FREDDY
    SANCHEZ
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A TORRES ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5
    SAN FRANCISCO 16 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B POSEY (.340, 1-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    Reds 5, Giants 16  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 25 12:40 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PABLO SANDOVAL (11) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF SAM LECURE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 14
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J URIBE (.251, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Reds 5, Giants 14  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 25 12:34 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY BUSTER POSEY (10) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF MIKE LEAKE SCORED NATE SCHIERHOLTZ AND
    FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 13
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: A HUFF (.299, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Reds 5, Giants 13  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 25 12:09 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JUAN URIBE (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF MIKE LEAKE SCORED PABLO SANDOVAL.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 10
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: F SANCHEZ (.272, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, RBI)

    Reds 5, Giants 10  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 25 12:02 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PABLO SANDOVAL SCORED CODY ROSS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P SANDOVAL ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5
    SAN FRANCISCO 8 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J URIBE (.249, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds 5, Giants 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 25 12:01 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SCOTT ROLEN (19) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JONATHAN SANCHEZ SCORED DREW STUBBS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 7
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J GOMES (.260, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Reds 5, Giants 7  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 24 11:45 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON PHILLIPS (16) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF JONATHAN SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3, SAN FRANCISCO 7
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D STUBBS (.233, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 3, Giants 7  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 24 11:40 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AUBREY HUFF SCORED ANDRES TORRES
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A HUFF ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: P BURRELL (.277, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Reds 2, Giants 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 24 11:34 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ANDRES TORRES SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ AND JUAN
    URIBE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A TORRES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 6 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B POSEY (.339, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 2, Giants 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 24 11:30 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED JOEY VOTTO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R HERNANDEZ ON FIRST, J GOMES ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    SAN FRANCISCO 4 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: P JANISH (.268, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds 2, Giants 4  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 24 11:15 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON PHILLIPS (15) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF JONATHAN SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, SAN FRANCISCO 4
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D STUBBS (.234, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds 1, Giants 4  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 24 10:56 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY FREDDY SANCHEZ (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF TRAVIS WOOD.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0, SAN FRANCISCO 4
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J SANCHEZ (.167, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Reds 0, Giants 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 24 10:43 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PABLO SANDOVAL SCORED CODY ROSS AND PAT BURRELL
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P SANDOVAL ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J URIBE (.248, 15 HR, 66 RBI)

    Reds 0, Giants 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 24 10:29 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CODY ROSS SCORED ANDRES TORRES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C ROSS ON FIRST, P BURRELL ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: P SANDOVAL (.267, 10 HR, 52 RBI)

    Reds 0, Giants 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 24 10:28 PM