Webb helps Giants end a three-game slip with 9-2 win over Reds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb doubled six innings and the San Francisco Giants backed up their ace with four homeruns in a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Evan Longoria, Thairo Estrada, Joc Pederson and Wilmer Flores homered for the Giants, who made a three-game slip. They had lost five out of six after winning seven of their previous eight.

Pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds homered for the Reds, who have lost eight of their last nine games.

Cincinnati took advantage of Giants third baseman Longoria’s two-out error in the top of the second inning to take an early lead on Nick Senzel’s runscoring single.

But Longoria homered from the bottom of the inning and Estrada went deep two batters later to give San Francisco a 2-1 lead.

Longoria turned on a 2-2 inside fastball from Reds starter Mike Minor for his seventh home run, a shot from 411 feet to the left.

Darin Ruf’s runscoring single marked a two-run third that gave San Francisco a 4-1 lead.

Pederson hit his 17th homer off Minor – his second off a lefty this season – and led the fifth.

Flores’ two-run home run – his ninth – marked a sixth of three runs in which the Giants broke open a 6-1 game.

Webb (7-2) struckout six batters and walked. He has given up only two earned runs in 18 innings in his last three starts.

The Giants have won 22 of Webb’s 28 home starts.

Minor (1-4) gave up six runs on eight hits, including three homeruns in his fifth start after missing the first two months with a shoulder injury.


The Giants ended a 10-game run, decided by two runs or less, the longest run in the team’s history in San Francisco.


The Reds claimed C Michael Papierski from the Giants waivers. The Giants had just acquired the 26-year-old from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Mauricio Dubón. The Reds chose Papierski for Triple-A Louisville.


Reds: C Tyler Stephenson is progressing faster than expected from a right thumb fracture he sustained on June 9 and could start a rehabilitation assignment in seven to 10 days, manager David Bell said on Saturday. … RHP Vladimir Gutiérrez (right forearm) threw a bullpen Friday and could be activated soon, Bell said. OR Aristides Aquino (left high ankle sprain) is expected to resume baseball activities Monday, Bell said. 2B Jonathan India appeared to be hurt after being hit by a pitch leading up to the fifth off Webb, but he stayed in the game until the eighth, when he was listed for a pinch hitter. … The Reds have 15 players on the injured list.

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (bruised left knee) dropped out of the lineup for the third time in four games on Saturday. He played Friday for the first time since he was injured on Tuesday in Atlanta in a collision at home plate. “I don’t think he was feeling great yesterday, but this is no different than trying to get him healthy and confident. Health first. We’re trying to get him over the bump with the health stuff.”


Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (2-6, 4.57 ERA) has thrown six quality starts in a row, but has been winless since May 13. Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 7.71) gave up six earned runs in three innings against Atlanta on Tuesday in his first appearance since coming off the injured list with right Achilles inflammation.

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Gideon Rubin, The Associated Press

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