CINCINNATI -- Reds starter Matt Harvey carried the momentum from his previous outing into Saturday's tilt against San Francisco at Great American Ball Park, where he no-hit the Giants through 5 2/3 frames and led Cincinnati to a 7-1 victory.
On the night, the big right-hander spun 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball on 98 pitches. Harvey scattered four hits and issued one walk while fanning five batters before giving way to reliever Cody Reed with one out and two men on base in the top of the seventh.
Reed entered and made quick business of Giants pinch-hitters Gorkys Hernandez and Hunter Pence, inducing a flyout to right field and a soft groundout to second, respectively, to close out the frame.
"After a successful one in the last outing, you want to kind of get into a groove and keep things going that way and not be so up and down," Harvey said postgame. "To have another solid start, that's big."
Giants second baseman Joe Panik broke up Harvey's no-hit bid on a tricky infield single to shortstop Jose Peraza. Panik's chopper forced Peraza to his right and into shallow left field as Panik sprinted down the first-base line to beat Peraza's throw by half a step.
"[There have] been some ups and downs, obviously," Harvey added. "Like I've said all along, my health is the biggest thing. I'm getting used to being healthy and throwing again."
"Harvey had good stuff. He really did throw well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy added. "That was the Harvey that we've seen throw when he was really good. He's good now, but he was throwing 95 [mph], hitting spots, had a good changeup going with the breaking ball and mixed it up."
The Reds bats came alive against Madison Bumgarner to give Harvey a nice cushion to work with. After Peraza led off the home half of the fourth inning with a home run, Brandon Dixon doubled down the right-field line with the bases loaded to plate two more runs and give Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.
"[Harvey] and Bumgarner both, that first three or four innings were really holding the opposition down," said Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman. "[Then] Peraza got us on the board, kind of loosened things up a little bit."
Working once again with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Phillip Ervin hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Peraza. Giants catcher Buster Posey had a difficult time fielding an errant throw to home plate from center fielder Steven Duggar, and Scooter Gennett was able to score from third on Duggar's error to make it 5-0.
Dilson Herrera added another solo home run in the bottom of the sixth off Bumgarner, who exited after that inning having given up six runs (five earned) on eight hits. Eugenio Suarez brought Gennett home on an RBI single in the seventh off reliever Hunter Strickland.
Including his previous start on Aug. 11 against the Diamondbacks, Harvey has thrown 13 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on nine hits and two walks to go with 12 strikeouts.
"[Harvey's] really been good, you know, going deep in games," Riggleman said. "I know he's pitching on six days' rest, pitching on the seventh day. That can be tough to keep sharp, and that'll be alleviated down the road here probably in the next week or 10 days. We'll get into more normal routines."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The solo shots by Peraza and Herrera helped boost the Reds' offense on Saturday.
According to Statcast™, Peraza's leadoff homer in the fourth was lifted with a launch angle of 22 degrees and had an exit velocity of 105.9 mph, travelling a projected 375 feet.
Herrera's home run in the sixth travelled a projected 419 feet, per Statcast™, well over the left-center-field wall. It left his bat at 105.6 mph.
The Reds will wrap up their three-game set against the Giants at Great American Ball Park on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET. Luis Castillo will take the mound for Cincinnati opposite Andrew Suarez for the Giants. In 5 2/3 innings his last time out, against the Diamondbacks, Castillo allowed five earned runs on five hits, including two home runs, while striking out seven batters.