Scott Rolen joked that his first homer since July 6 was a career saver. It's no exaggeration to call it a game saver.
Rolen led off the seventh inning with a homer that ended Barry Zito's shutout, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 4-2 victory Wednesday night, extending the San Francisco Giants' misery at Great American Ball Park.
The 37-year-old third baseman was batting .169 when he homered on a full-count pitch, ending a power drought brought on by his shoulder injury that needed surgery last season. Finally, Rolen - in the last year of his contract - could round the bases.
''(Shortstop Zack) Cozart was saying that it's a career saver,'' Rolen said. ''That's kind of been the joke here. That's what happens when you get one hit every two weeks.''
A career saver?
''Well, it wasn't quite that,'' manager Dusty Baker said. ''When you're not swinging the bat well, life's miserable. He's hit some balls hard.''
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