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Reds beat Giants 8-1 in rain-shortened game

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Things had gotten so bad for Cincinnati's offense that the Reds couldn't even remember the last time anything amounted to a rally. Finally, they got a reference point.

Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs Monday night, leading the Reds out of their offensive slump to an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.

Frazier had an RBI single and a three-run homer off left-hander Mike Kickham (0-3), who has been hit hard in each of his three major league starts.

Derrick Robinson drove in a pair of runs with a single, and Zack Cozart added a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double as the Reds piled up their most runs since a 12-2 win at Wrigley Field on June 11.

"We haven't had a big inning in a while," Frazier said. "We were talking with (manager Dusty Baker) about that the other day. We had a little meeting. We were like, 'When was the last time we had a big inning?' To have one was pretty nice."

Bronson Arroyo (7-6) gave up a pair of hits in six innings, including Brandon Belt's homer. He got credit for his 14th complete game and his first of the season.

"I'll take it," Arroyo said. "It might be the only complete game I get all year. On the back of my baseball card 20 years from now, nobody will know the difference."

Rain halted the game after the sixth. The umpires waited 1 hour, 28 minutes through a steady downpour before calling it. By then, water was cascading down the dugout steps and flooding the tunnels as well as the field.

"You want to play but with what we're looking at — it's coming down harder, it's flooding in there — at some point we've got to draw the line," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You want to play the game, but it's pretty bad out there. The field's in bad shape."

It was the first game shortened by rain at Great American Ball Park since Cincinnati's 4-2 win over the Cubs in five innings on Sept. 22, 2006. The Reds had a game suspended overnight because of rain earlier this season.

The Giants returned to the place where they pulled off one of baseball's biggest playoff comebacks. After falling behind Cincinnati 0-2 in their NL division series last season, they won three straight at Great American to advance and eventually win the World Series.

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