Posey drives in 4 runs to lead Giants over Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Buster Posey had a three-run homer off Tony Cingrani among his three hits, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Tuesday.

Posey added an RBI double and a single as the Giants overcame a three-run deficit.

"Posey has been working on some things to get himself back on track or where he thinks he should be," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It is important to get his timing and confidence, not that he didn't have confidence."

The Reds scored three quick runs off Tim Hudson.

Todd Frazier doubled home two runs in the first. Billy Hamilton doubled home Skip Schumaker, who started in left field, giving the Reds the lead after two innings.

Hunter Pence started his second game after resting a sore shoulder. He tripled after Posey's home run.

Ehire Adrianza hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Cingrani, who allowed six runs after pitching seven scoreless innings, including the first two innings of this appearance.

Adriana is relatively new to switch hitting.

"Adrianza has had a nice spring," Bochy said. "He's been balanced from both sides of the plate. He has been here awhile. He came in early to get ready for camp."

Schumaker, who signed a two-year deal with the Reds in November, doubled and hit a solo home run off Hudson. He is hitting .550 this spring.

STARTING TIME

Giants: Hudson allowed three runs in 4 1-3 innings on five hits and three walks. They were the first runs he allowed this spring. He is the second Giants starter to give up a run. Ryan Volgesong had allowed the only six runs against Giants starters in 31 innings until Todd Frazier doubled to drive in a pair Tuesday. Hudson pitched five scoreless innings coming into the game.

"I was able to get some good work in. It wasn't a walk in the park but it was what I needed. I got to run around the bases a little bit," Hudson said. "They laid off some pretty good pitches and they made me pay. I started making better pitches after I settled in."

The veteran pitcher had a double and single at the plate.

Reds: Cingrani, left-hander, had pitched five scoreless innings this spring, including three against the Giants and Hudson on Thursday. But the Giants chased him after 2 2-3 innings with eight hits. He allowed six runs on eight hits, five for extra bases.

"Cingrani is a guy working on a breaking ball and his and changeup," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "You're not seeing the same pitching philosophy that you have in the past. We all agree he has to develop those pitches. There is not a better place to do it. You hate to lose a game when guys are working on their stuff but it will pay dividends down the road."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: Outfielder Tyler Colvin has been held out of activity with discomfort in his back. He expects to be back in a couple days. ... Outfielders Michael Morse and Hunter Pence returned to action on Monday. Morse calf had healed. Pence is playing for the second straight day after pain in his shoulder subsided. ... First baseman Brandon Belt is out of action with an illness.

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