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Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:08 PM

Associated Press


Reds 8, Giants 3

CINCINNATI — Devin Mesoraco hit a 2-run homer and Jay Bruce emerged from a slump by driving in a pair of runs on Tuesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to their season-high fourth win in a row, an 8-3 victory over the sloppy San Francisco Giants.

Mesoraco hit his ninth homer off Tim Lincecum (4-5), who has beaten the Reds during the playoffs but never during the regular season. Bruce, who spent time on the disabled list following surgery for torn knee cartilage, knocked in his first run since April 25.

Homer Bailey (6-3) went six innings in his first game against the Giants since his no-hitter against them last July 2 at Great American Ball Park. The right-hander gave up three runs and five hits, including Hunter Pence’s homer, double and single.

The Giants have the majors’ best record at 37-21 but were undone by a season-high four errors. Lincecum had a throwing error and catcher Hector Sanchez threw two balls into center field on steal attempts.

Cincinnati won this one with a pair of big innings. The Reds scored four times in both the first and fifth innings.

Lincecum matched his career high by giving up eight runs in only 4 1/3 innings. Bruce doubled home a run in the first inning for his 500th career RBI and Mesoraco homered for a 4-0 lead.

Brandon Phillips doubled home two more runs in the fifth and Bruce had an RBI single as the Reds pulled ahead 8-3.

NOTES: Ryan Vogelsong (3-2) starts the second game against LHP Tony Cingrani (2-5), who is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA in three starts since returning from the DL. … Bruce is the fifth-youngest Reds player to have 500 RBIs, trailing Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson and Adam Dunn. … Joey Votto was cleared to hit and take infield practice with the team. If that goes well, he’ll start a minor-league rehab assignment. Votto has been on the DL since May 21 with a strained muscle above his left knee.

Indians 5, Red Sox 3

CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn hit a 2-run double in the seventh inning to break a tie and the Cleveland Indians won their season-high fifth straight with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Bourn’s double off Andrew Miller snapped a 3-all tie and sent the Red Sox to their second straight loss after winning seven consecutive games.

Nick Hagadone (1-0) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Cody Allen recorded the final four outs for his fifth save.

Jake Peavy (1-3) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who hasn’t won since April 25, gave up three runs in the first but held the Indians scoreless until the seventh.


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