SAN FRANCISCO -- With its spacious dimensions, AT&T Park will never be mistaken for Cincinnati's cozier and homer-abundant Great American Ball Park. But it certainly felt like its Midwest counterpart Monday as the teams combined for five home runs. It was Jay Bruce's two homers, however, that propelled the Reds
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its spacious dimensions, AT&T Park will never be mistaken for Cincinnati's cozier and homer-abundant Great American Ball Park. But it certainly felt like its Midwest counterpart Monday as the teams combined for five home runs. It was Jay Bruce's two homers, however, that propelled the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Giants.
"We didn't have those prevailing winds and the mist and all that other stuff that make it difficult to hit a ball out of a ballpark," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It seemed to play pretty fair tonight."
The Giants had taken a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning on Ángel Pagán's two-run homer against Anthony DeSclafani. But the Reds answered in the sixth against Jake Peavy with a Joey Votto leadoff double, followed by Bruce's two-run homer to right field.
"Jake had a good fifth, just made a couple mistakes there," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "The long ball is hurting us right now, there's no getting around that."
That long ball finished Peavy's night with six runs, four hits, two walks, five strikeouts and three homers allowed over five-plus innings. Peavy has allowed seven of his 15 home runs this season to the Reds. Even though DeSclafani's six-game quality-start streak was snapped, he emerged with the victory. He allowed five runs and six hits over five innings with two walks, six strikeouts and two home runs.
"I fell behind some guys, walked some guys and gave up the long ball," said DeSclafani, now 6-0 with a 3.09 ERA in nine starts this season. "I had to battle. Luckily, we put up a lot of runs and did great offensively. I'm just glad we got the win."
Cincinnati has won seven of its last 10 games while San Francisco has dropped eight of its last nine.
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Bruce's scorching stretch: In the sixth, Bruce hit Peavy's 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats for his second homer of the night and his 23rd of the season. It gave him multi-homer games for the third time in 2016 and the 20th time in his career. Bruce has hit at least one homer in each of the last three games and is batting .357 (10-for-28) with four homers and 13 RBIs over his seven-game hit streak. And he's playing well knowing he could be dealt this week ahead of next Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"I don't think about it, really," Bruce said. "I feel like personally I have been pretty good at keeping things in their own little boxes. I think you have to do that a little more in this situation. I think it's just years of teaching yourself how to do that and really having no other choice. The last thing you want to do is let things creep in that affect performance or preparation or execution or focus." More »
Belt beats the slump After being selected to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career, Brandon Belt opened the second half of the season by succumbing to a miserable slump at the plate. He effectively pushed his recent struggles aside Monday night, though. The first baseman hit a bloop single in his first at-bat and followed that up with a two-run home run in the fourth inning to cut the Reds' lead to one. It was Belt's first homer since June 19.
"You come in every day looking to work on something. Today was no different," said Belt, who finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBIs. "To me, it's really just a mental hump you got to get over when you're going through some slumps like that. I was able to get over it today."
Squeezing in another run: There were runners on the corners and one out in the top of the ninth when Billy Hamilton successfully dropped a suicide squeeze bunt as Eugenio Suárez bolted for home and scored. As an added bonus, the speedy Hamilton easily beat third baseman Conor Gillaspie's throw to first base for his sixth bunt single of the season.
"Billy handles the bat really well and Suarez is a good, instinctive baserunner," Price said. "It's a good combination for that. What we needed was the pitcher to cooperate with a pitch that was buntable. It was our good fortune that it was, and Billy got the job done."
Suarez's jolt: The second of Cincinnati's two homers against Peavy in the fourth inning came via Suarez. The shot came on a 2-0 pitch and it sounded loud off the bat. Statcast™ confirmed the ball was smoked 429 feet to left field with an exit velocity of 109 mph. It was Suarez's 17th home run of the season.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Bruce provided the Reds' first hit in the fourth inning with a two-run home run to right-center field. However, it appeared the ball was going to hit the top of the right-field arcade before a fan stuck his glove over the wall to catch it. A crew-chief review of the call on the field determined the ruling on the field stands.
Votto was ruled safe after hitting a grounder in the eighth inning to Giants second baseman Ramiro Pena. Pena scooped the ball and threw it to first, where Belt was ruled to have stepped off the base before he caught it. The Giants challenged the call, and replay review overturned it.
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With two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias extended his streak to 17 1/3 scoreless innings. He entered the night with the fourth-longest scoreless streak in the Majors. In 10 relief appearances since his activation from the disabled list June 21, he has a 0.45 ERA with one earned run allowed over 20 1/3 innings.
Reds:Cody Reed will make another attempt for his first big league win when the series continues at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday at AT&T Park. Reed (0-4, 6.75 ERA) is coming off his first quality start last Tuesday, when he allowed two unearned runs and five hits over six innings vs. the Braves.
Giants:Matt Cain will make his second start since returning from the disabled list Tuesday night. Cain couldn't last three innings in his last appearance, yielding five runs, including three home runs, in a 11-7 loss to the Red Sox last Wednesday.
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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.
Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.