CINCINNATI (AP) - Juan Uribe drove in four runs with two
singles, providing the Giants' final lead in a back-and-forth game,
and San Francisco's balky bullpen held on for a 6-5 victory over
the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Uribe had a two-run single in the third and another in the
seventh, when the Giants rallied against reliever Daniel Ray
Herrera (0-3) for their ninth win in their last 13 games.
Jay Bruce had three hits off left-hander Barry Zito, including a
solo homer. Sergio Romo (2-3) got the victory in relief. Brian
Wilson recovered from a blown save in his last outing, pitching a
perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.
The Giants' bullpen has been a mess on the road this season,
putting up a combined 4.96 ERA. It had to survive one of the
majors' most hitter-friendly ballparks to keep San Francisco's on
its winning surge.
Zito, winless since May 16, couldn't hold an early 4-1 lead that
was set up by his rare two-RBI hit.
The pitcher had only five career RBIs - none this season - when
he came to bat against Johnny Cueto in the second with two outs. A
wild pitch left both runners in scoring position, and Zito lined a
fastball off the middle of the bat for an opposite-field single and
a 2-0 lead.
Ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Zito retired the
first two batters before loading the bases on a single and two
walks. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo singled through the hole at
shortstop for a 5-4 Cincinnati lead, ending Zito's outing.
Cueto gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings, but left
with the lead and a chance to extend a five-game winning streak
that is the best of his career. Instead, the Giants rallied against
the bullpen. Herrera gave up singles by Freddy Sanchez and Pablo
Sandoval, who advanced on a groundout. Uribe then singled off
Enerio Del Rosario for a 6-5 lead and his team-high 37th RBI.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy tweaked his lineup, giving struggling
catcher Bengie Molina a day off. Bochy revealed before the game
that Molina got an injection for his sore left elbow last week.
Catcher Buster Posey, rated the Giants' top prospect, made his
first start behind the plate this season. Posey played first base
this season, and caught four games last year.
The move worked. Posey had two singles.
NOTES: A man wearing a Mike Krukow Giants jersey and waving a
"Go Buster" sign dived over a row of seats to get a foul ball hit
by Posey in the second inning. ... Sanchez extended his hitting
streak to 11 games. He's 20 for 40 during the streak. ... Giants
INF Emmanuel Burriss (left foot fracture) will begin a
rehabilitation stint at Class-A San Jose on Tuesday. ... The Reds
took C Yasmani Grandal from Miami with the 12th overall pick in the
draft. It's the second time in four years they've taken a catcher
in the first round. The Giants took OF Gary Brown from Cal State
Fullerton with the 24th overall pick.
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