Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/25/13
Stop 1 on the West Coast trip was a smashing success for the Reds. Emphasis on smashing. The Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 8-3 Wednesday night before a sellout crowd of 41512 at AT&T Park to take three out of four in the series. The Reds pounded out 13 hits. They had at least 10 hits in all four games and scored 31 runs in the series. The Reds had 55 hits 15 doubles and 22 extra-base hits in the series. All are records for a series at AT&T Park. Todd Frazier had five doubles in the series a record for an opposing player in a series at AT&T. The Reds have scored 51 runs in their last eight games. The offense which has sputtered at times is rolling. "It's one of those things" Jay Bruce said. "It's the ebb and flow of the game. We have a very good offensive team. If you get a couple of guys hot at once you have some action." The middle of the order did the big damage Wednesday. Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI; Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with two RBI; and Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double (his 30th of the season) and an RBI. Mike Leake pushed his record to 10-4 despite giving up singles in bunches. Leake went six-plus innings and allowed the one run on a career-high 12 hits. He walked one and struck out two. "It was a battle" Leake said. "I made some bad pitches that they made me pay for. They forced me to make some pitches when I had to get out of some jams. I don't know if I've given up 12 hits and one run before." The Reds won the season series against the defending World Champions 6 games to 1. They outscored the Giants 45-14 in the seven games. The Giants of course beat the Reds in the National League Division Series last year. "Nothing surprises me in this game" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We dominated them the first two games of (the NLDS) last year. They came back and won. That's baseball. I been around so long nothing surprises that much. I just like to win." The Reds have won six of their last eight. The Reds jumped on San Francisco starter Chad Gaudin early. Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a double. He moved to third on Xavier Paul's groundout and scored on Votto's sacrifice fly. The Reds opened it up a bit in the third with a rally. Votto started it with a single. That extended his streak of reaching base safely to 36 games. Phillips followed with a single. Votto scored and Phillips ended up at second when right fielder Hunter Pence allowed the ball to get under his glove for an error. Bruce doubled in Votto. After Todd Frazier walked Devin Mesoraco dropped a single into center to score Bruce and make it 4-0. The Giants got on the board in the bottom of the third on Pence's RBI single. The Reds added two more in the fourth. Leake led off with a single snapping an 0-for-26 skid. Choo and Paul walked to load the bases. Leake scored on Votto's RBI fielder's choice.
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