CINCINNATI (AP) -
had trouble with his location at the worst time for the
San Francisco Giants
tripled in the go-ahead run off the left-hander in the eighth inning and the
beat the Giants 7-6 on Saturday night after blowing a three-run lead.
got the first out of the eighth before San Francisco manager
brought in Taschner (3-2) to face
and Patterson, both left-handed batters. Bruce grounded a single into center field, and Patterson hit the next pitch down
the first base line and into the corner, where it rattled around long enough for Bruce to give Cincinnati a 7-6 lead.
''It's location,'' Bochy said. ''He got a fastball up to (Bruce) and he put a backup slider right in Patterson's wheelhouse.
We had the matchups. (Taschner) couldn't make a pitch.''
Taschner has recorded just one out in his last three outings, allowing three runs and five hits.
''It's gotta be location, because the stuff is still there,'' he said. ''I'm throwing beach balls up there. I've not gotten
anyone out. It's embarrassing that we score that many runs and can't get a win.''
(2-5) got the win despite giving up a tying solo homer to
in San Francisco's three-run eighth inning.
pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 32 opportunities as the Reds won back-to-back games for the first time since beating
San Diego on July 22-23.
homered twice and
hit his first career homer for the Giants, who have lost four of their last five.
shook off Winn's leadoff home run to go seven solid innings in his major league debut. Ramirez, who was recalled from Triple-A
Louisville on Saturday, didn't allow a hit in his last three innings and retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. The 25-year-old
right-hander gave up three runs and five hits.
''I felt nervous,'' Ramirez said through an interpreter about the first inning. ''I was trying to calm myself down. I thought
I relaxed very well after that.''
''That was one of the best seven innings we've had from our young pitchers this year - maybe the best,'' Baker said. ''He
gave us what we needed.''
, who threw nine pitches in his last start against Cincinnati on April 26 before straining a muscle and going on the disabled
list for seven weeks, went six innings this time. The right-hander allowed six runs and seven hits.
The Reds batted around in the first to take a 5-1 lead.
each hit a sacrifice fly, Patterson had an RBI single and
capped the scoring with a two-run double. Correia threw 28 pitches in the first.
Velez hit a two-run homer into the visitors' bullpen in the second inning but
hit his 24th homer in the third to make it 6-3.
Notes: Winn has three of the Giants' four leadoff homers this season and 16 leadoff homers in his career. ... INF
was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Ramirez. ... Reds RHP
wasn't available for the second straight game after slightly injuring his right hand in a car accident while driving home
from the airport Thursday night after the Reds returned from their road trip. ... RF
returned to San Francisco's starting lineup after being scratched on Friday with a tight right thigh. ... Cincinnati's official
scorer announced a change in scoring from Friday's game, crediting C
with a hit on a play originally ruled a sacrifice bunt.