SAN FRANCISCO(AP) Not much has gone right for the
since the All-Star break.
Outlasting reigning NL
and rallying for five runs in the ninth inning will definitely count as a much-needed positive.
drew a tie-breaking bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning and the Reds took advantage of a meltdown by San Francisco's bullpen
to beat the Giants 10-5 on Friday night.
''It wasn't easy but we needed it and we got some breaks tonight, big-time breaks,'' Cincinnati manager
said. ''That's a good club over there and to give Lincecum a no-decision, that's quite a feat. These guys, they don't quit.
They just keep playing and playing. They get down but don't stay down.''
The Reds, who trailed 4-2 and 5-3, scored twice in the eighth and five times in the ninth to win consecutive games for the
first time since July 1-2.
They did it against the Giants' normally reliable bullpen, which gave up seven runs in two innings after Lincecum had handcuffed
the Reds most of the night.
led off the ninth with an infield single off Giants closer
drew one-out walks. Phillips, who doubled and scored when the Reds tied the game with two runs in the eighth, walked to force
The Reds then took advantage of two San Francisco errors and a wild pitch to tack on four more runs, ending their eight-game
road losing streak.
''Regardless of who was pitching, for us to do what we did was a beautiful thing,'' Phillips said. ''We're starting to believe
in ourselves. We're picking each other up. It's all about team chemistry. You could look in the dugout and see everybody was
on their feet, the whole team was on the fence and pushing for everybody.''
homered for the Giants, who committed five errors.
''We haven't had a night like this in a while, in quite a while,'' San Francisco manager
said. ''The last two innings were tough. We killed ourselves. Bottom line is we put too many people on base. We set up their
(3-3), the third of four Cincinnati pitchers, worked a scoreless eighth to get the win.
pitched the ninth, giving up two hits and a walk, but got out of the jam without allowing a run.
Lincecum scattered six hits over seven innings, striking out seven while allowing three runs but got a no-decision for the
eighth time this season despite leaving with a 5-3 lead.
That lead - and Lincecum's bid to become the National League's first 13-game winner - didn't last long.
Cincinnati scored twice in the eighth on
's two-run bloop single to left then had the big ninth to take its only lead of the game and hand Wilson (3-5) the loss.
Until then the Giants seemed headed for their 17th win in their last 21 home games.
Molina's two-run homer in the first and Velez's two-run shot in the fifth, coming on the two-year anniversary of
' historic 756th career home run, gave San Francisco a 4-2 lead.
''We're spoiled with Timmy,'' Bochy said. ''He left the game with the lead, he threw seven solid innings. That's a pretty
Lincecum retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until
's leadoff single in the fourth. Wladimir Balentin's RBI single four batters later made it 2-1 and ended Lincecum's 14-inning
scoreless streak. It was the first earned run the left-hander allowed since July 22, a 22-inning stretch.
Velez gave the Giants some breathing room with his third career homer and
added an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-3.
gave up five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
NOTES: Since being recalled from the minors on July 27, Velez is batting .417 (20 for 48). ... San Francisco activated IF
from the 15-day DL and optioned OF
to Triple-A Fresno. ... Lincecum has struck out the first batter he's faced in seven of his 22 career starts, including his
last three. He needs just two strikeouts for 200 on the year, which would make him the first Giants pitcher since
(2003-04) to reach that plateau in consecutive seasons. ... The Reds have allowed 95 runs in the first inning, most in the