The warm temperatures of Cincinnati have awoken the San Francisco Giants slumping bats. The orange and black beat the Reds 3-2 Wednesday night, increasing the clubs win streak to three games.
San Francisco again had to come from behind to notch the victory, but a solid performance from Noah Lowry (9-11) kept them in the contest. The Giants talented southpaw allowed his bullpen to gain some rest, while also chipping in with his stick.
Opposing Lowry and the Giants lineup Wednesday was Cincinnatis young right-hander Luke Hudson (4-6). Hudson only lasted four and two thirds innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks.
The Reds jumped on the scoreboard first Wednesday, mounting a rally in the first inning. Rich Aurillia singled, Ken Griffey Jr. followed with a single advancing Aurillia to third and then Austin Kearns brought the run in with a sacrifice fly. In the third inning Griffey Jr. added another run scoring sac-fly, increasing the Reds lead to 2-0.
San Francisco countered and captured the lead in the fifth inning, scoring all three of their runs. Ray Durham led the inning off with a walk. Todd Linden advanced him to third on a booming double and Jason Ellison drove the run in with a sac-fly to center. Lowry then singled to left knocking in the second run of the inning and Randy Winn followed with a double to drive in the third.
Lowry was the story of the ballgame Wednesday night. His pitching was on, with the lefty hitting his spots and tallying a low pitch count. Lowry lasted into the ninth inning, striking out 7 and only allowing two earned runs. It wasnt only Lowrys pitching that dominated Wednesday, but the kid also drove in a run with his twelfth hit of the season.
"I was just trying to put the ball in play and make good contact," Lowry said. "He left the ball up a little bit, and I got just enough of it."
San Francisco used three arms to close out the Reds in the ninth inning. Lowry started the inning by striking out Griffey Jr., but a blister on his finger forced him from the game. Scott Eyre then came on and struck out Adam Dunn and LaTroy Hawkins recorded the final out, as he got Sean Casey to fly out deep to center field.
"Lowry was tremendous," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He pitched four innings with that blister developing, but he kept going back and going back. We asked him if he wanted to come out, and he said, 'No, I'll just keep icing it and going back.'"
The Giants had their bats hitting in full swing Wednesday night. Winn contributed with two hits, as did Omar Vizquel and Linden added three more of his own.
San Francisco looks to sweep the Reds in Thursdays day game series finale. The Giants will send Brett Tomko (7-12) to the hill and Cincinnati will counter with Ramon Ortiz (7-8).
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