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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Reds Support Amir Garrett With An Avalanche Of Runs

The Reds bats battered Giants pitching for the second straight day turning in a 14-2 whooping on the San Francisco Giants to climb improve to 16-14 on the season.

The Reds have won five of six games on the homestand and fourth in a row.

Ty Blach couldn’t catch his breath.

Billy Hamilton tripled to start the game, his second in two nights.  Hamilton was on base five times on Friday and scored four runs. Zack Cozart hit a deep fly to center to start the scoring.  Adam Duvall belted his ninth home run. 

Amir Garrett took the mound and has little trouble with the Giants in the first inning. The second inning was more torublesome.  Garrett’s walks to Buster Posey and Christian Arroyo put in a bad position.  Patrick Kivlehan just dropped an easy fly ball by Justin Ruggiano to surround Garrett with base runners.  To his credit, Garrett limited damage to two runs. One scored on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Nunez.  The other crossed the plate on Gorkys Hernandez’ double.

That was all that the Giants could muster off Garrett, who finished six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks.  He struck out two without his better stuff.

“I really didn’t have anything," Garrett said.. "I was able to lock in as much as I needed to and let them get themselves out.  The big cushion took the stress off.”

The Reds were just getting warmed up.  Jose Peraza reached on an error. Kivlehan singled. One out later, Garrett bunted the runners up 90 feet.  Hamilton’s second hit of the game, a double put the Reds back up by two.

Kivlehan made his fourth start and mentally had to overcome his second inning error.  His four hit game more than made up for it.  He lifted his season average to .357.

 “It was the worst way to start the game," Kivlehan said.. "I got that first hit and it took the stress off. A mistake like that lingers with you a little bit. Anyone who says it doesn’t isn’t telling the truth. It’s tough to lock back in.  I tried to relax as best I could.”

Brryan Price is trying to keep the bench sharp and ready when needed.

“Bench players live for an opportunity to start," Price said. "When a guy like Kivlehan comes in and gets four hits it is a big boost.”

It got worse for Blach.  Joey Votto walked to open the third. Duvall singled. Eugenio Suarez doubled. Jose Peraza’s groundball scored Votto.  Suarez scored on a wild pitch before Kivlehan hit his first home run of the year.  “I face him (Blach) a couple times in Triple A.  He just left the pitch up a little,.” Kivlehan said,

Devin Mesoraco singled.  Garrett’s bunt failed as he popped out to the catcher.  Hamilton singled again, reaching base for the eighth time in two games. Cozart drove in a run with a single. Votto hit a double scoring Hamilton.

Saurez hit his seventh home run off George Kontos in the fourth.  Duvall had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Doubles by Cozart and Alcantara plated one run and Scooter Gennett’s single drove in the 14th run. 

Robert Stephenson finished the game to record his first career save.

"It was a three inning save where he was sharp," Price said.

The Reds scored 13 against the Giants Friday night and with 14 tonight, the 27 runs was the first time they have scored that many in consecutive games since the totaled 27 in a two-games on May 28 and 29 against Houston in 2010.

“The great thing about baseball is all the anomalies. You enjoy it while it lasts but it is more likely you’ll go through stretches where you don’t score a lot of runs," Price said..”It is nice to have everyone swinging the bats well at the same time.

Former teammate Johnny Cueto faces the Reds on Sunday. He rode the elevator with the writers on his way out of the park.  A San Francisco writer asked if he was 'going to throw a shutout manana?"

"They hot," Cueto said.

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