Todd Frazier hit his 10th home run on the season and added four RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 8-1 in a rain-shortened game that lasted six innings at Great American Ballpark.
It was just the way the Reds had hoped to start the seven game home stand following an awful showing during the west coast road trip.
"I think we were more aggressive tonight," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We weren't getting deep in the count; we were attacking the first pitch. Sometimes that's what it takes. If you don't know what else to do, go on the attack."
The Reds had an early 7-0 lead just three innings in. In the second, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce singled and doubled respectively to put runners on second and third. Frazier got his night going with an RBI single to left and Zack Cozart followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. After a Ryan Hanigan single and a Bronson Arroyo sacrifice bunt, Derrick Robinson doubled to score two more runs and give the Reds a 4-0 lead after two.
Joey Votto and Jay Bruce reached base in the third and with one out Frazier stepped to the plate looking to do some more damage, and he did just that. He took a 2-1 pitch and crushed it into the upper deck in left field giving the Reds a 7-0 lead.
Arroyo was the starter and got credit for a complete game. He went six innings giving up two hits and a single earned run, a solo home run by Brandon Belt. He also struck out three.
"Might be the only complete game I get all year," Arroyo said, jokingly. "But, hey, back of the baseball card 20 years from now, they have no idea."
Cincinnati got another run thanks to a Zack Cozart RBI double in the fifth. Following the six inning, the umpires decided to delay the game due to rain and after an hour and 28 minutes the game was finally called.
Cincinnati and San Francisco will be back in action this evening as Homer Bailey and Tim Lincecum will take the mound.
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