Jeff Keppinger and Joey Votto each had three hits and scored twice, and the Reds survived a four-run Giants rally in the bottom of the ninth to beat San Francisco, 10-9, on Saturday.
Paul Bako hit a solo homer for the Reds, his second HR of the season, and Brandon Phillips had 3 RBIs.
Matt Belisle (1-1) got the win on the mound for the Reds, and Francisco Cordero got his third save despite a shaky outing in which he allowed a two-run triple to the Giants’ Eugenio Velez.
The game was a see-saw affair in which the Reds ultimately needed every bit of their 15-hit attack. The Reds’ three-run uprising in the seventh, in which Ryan Freel contributed an RBI double, proved decisive.
Former Red Rich Aurilia had a solo homer for the Giants, his second of the season. Fred Lewis homered into McCovey’s Cove in the fifth, becoming the first Giant to reach the water since
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Coupled with the Pirates’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies on Saturday, the win moved the Reds out of the NLC basement. They are 6-1/2 games behind the division-leading Cubs, who blanked Leatherpants Vampire’s Washington Nationals by a 7-0 margin.
Elsewhere in the division, the Cardinals beat the Astros, 4-3, on Skip Shumaker’s ninth-inning RBI single. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, Prince Fielder’s mammoth 428-foot solo homer provided the deciding run in the eighth inning as the Brewers beat the Marlins, 4-3. It was the second time in four days that Fielder hit a game-winning dinger in the eighth inning – he also victimized the Phillies on Wednesday.
The Reds go for the series win today, with right-hander Edinson Volquez (3-0, 1.21) slated to face Giants southpaw Barry Zito (0-5, 5.61).