Final in 12

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, August 23
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 24
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 25
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Reds 12

(73-54, 37-28 away)

Giants 11

(71-57, 39-24 home)

    3:45 PM ET, August 25, 2010

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: F. Cordero (4-4)

    L: B. Zito (8-9)

    Reds recover from blown nine-run lead to beat Giants in 12

    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO -- For the Cincinnati Reds, blowing a 10-1 lead didn't mean losing the game.

    Only hours after the Atlanta Braves squandered that exact same advantage and fell to the Colorado Rockies, the Reds wound up with a win -- barely.

    Saved by Paul Janish's tying single in the ninth inning, the Reds regrouped and rallied past the San Francisco Giants 12-11 on Wednesday on Joey Votto's two-out, tiebreaking single in the 12th.

    Votto homered twice and finished with four hits and four RBIs as the NL Central leaders avoided a sweep.

    "We had such a comfortable lead for most of the game," Votto said. "For them to come back like that, it could have been difficult to recover. Momentum plays a big role in a game like this. We just showed some resiliency to come back ourselves."

    Votto hit a pair of home runs and Jonny Gomes hit his 100th career shot that gave the Reds their huge lead going into the bottom of the fifth. The Giants came back and Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly capped a six-run burst in the eighth that put them ahead 11-10.

    A two-base throwing error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Drew Stubbs' one-out grounder in the Reds ninth set up Janish's single.

    Miguel Cairo doubled and scored on Votto's two-out single in the 12th off Barry Zito (8-9), making his second career relief appearance.

    "For us to play as well as we did and to still be able to come back and win sure means a lot to all of us," Votto said. "Zito is difficult to face because he knows exactly what he wants to do. I'm just trying to put the ball in play and I end up finding a hole."

    Ryan Hanigan and Stubbs also homered for Cincinnati. The Reds homered three times in the first inning, and the slugfest put an exclamation mark on the highest-scoring three-game series at AT&T Park.

    "That was a heavyweight fight out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Votto, that's what MVPs and All-Stars do. They come through when you need them."

    The Giants scored at least 11 runs in three straight games for the first time since June 1953. The Reds' rally spoiled what would've been the biggest comeback in franchise history.

    The NL East-leading Braves weren't so fortunate in their 12-10 loss at Coors Field. The major league record for the biggest comeback is 12 runs, most recently by the Cleveland Indians against the Seattle Mariners in 2001. The NL mark is 11, last done by the Houston Astros against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994.

    Francisco Cordero (4-4) pitched the final two innings.

    "It just feels terrible to let the team down in a situation where we come back from 10-1," Zito said. "It could have been a huge sweep for us. It's frustrating as ever but they hit the pitches I was making."

    Juan Uribe's three-run homer in the eighth sparked the Giants' late rally as the first six hitters reached base. Jose Guillen and Sandoval singled ahead of Uribe's shot. Cody Ross and Mike Fontenot singled ahead of Andres Torres' two-run double. Torres later scored on Huff's medium fly.

    "We just kept chipping away, had a big eighth and unfortunately it wasn't enough," Ross said. "You want to win these games and at the same time we showed a lot of resiliency."

    Reds starter Homer Bailey lasted 5 1/3 innings and was in line for his third straight start since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 15.

    Giants rookie Madison Bumgarner had his worst outing in the majors, allowing eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

    The Reds hit three home runs in the first inning, taking a 4-0 lead. Votto hit a two-run shot, while Gomes and Hanigan went back-to-back. The Reds hit consecutive homers for the eighth time this season and the second time in a week.

    "You can call this a 25-man roster win," Gomes said. "We used just about everybody. It's fortunate we have a day off."

    Game notes


    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left the game an inning after getting hit by a pitch from Santiago Casilla in the fifth. ... Former Giants closer Robb Nen was a visitor to the Reds' clubhouse before the game and was greeted enthusiastically at the door by Darren Baker, Dusty's 11-year-old son. ... Sanchez finished 9-for-11 in the series. ... Sandoval recorded three hits for the 10th time, all at home. ... Zito pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Aug. 5, 2007.

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    Game Information

    StadiumAT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
    Attendance36,310 (86.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time0:00
    Weather86 degrees, sunny
    Wind10 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell

    Research Notes

    The Reds 12-11 victory over the Giants on Wednesday featured several win probability swings. - The Reds scored four runs in top of the 1st and had a win probability (based on teams throughout history in similar situations) of 82.4 percent before the Giants even came to bat. - After the Reds scored four more runs in the 3rd inning to take an 8-1 lead, their win probability stood at 96.4 percent. - When Homer Bailey singled to give Cincinnati a 10-1 lead in the 5th inning, the Reds win probability was all the way up to 99.5 percent, its highest point until the game was over. - The Giants cut the lead to 10-5 after 6 innings, but the Reds win probability was still high at 97.4 percent. - Even when Juan Uribe homered in the 8th to make it 10-8, the Reds still had a win probability of 85.2 percent. - The biggest win probability jump of the game occurred on Andres Torres' 8th-inning double, which tied the game at 10 and knocked the Reds win probability from 65.3 percent down to 26.2 percent. - When Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly in the 8th gave the Giants an 11-10 lead, the Reds win probability fell to 14.6 percent. - The Reds entered the 9th inning trailing 11-10. After Ryan Hanigan flied out leading off the top of the inning, the Reds win probability was at its lowest point at just 8.3 percent. - After Drew Stubbs reached second base on an error, Paul Janish's game-tying single in the 9th took the Reds win probability from 21.9 percent up to 56.1 percent, the third-biggest jump of the game. - The Reds took a 12-11 lead in the 12th inning on a Joey Votto single, which brought the Reds win probability from 48.1 to 84.9 percent, the second-largest win probability movement of the game. - Torres came to bat in the 9th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd and two out, with the Giants trailing 12-11 and the Reds win probability at 80.9 percent. He grounded out to end the game, bringing the Reds┐ win probability to 100 percent.
    The Giants scored 11 runs at home and lost, the most runs they've scored in a home loss in 27 years. They last scored that many in a home loss in a 13-11 defeat vs. the Padres on April 5, 1983. The Giants are 147-3 in home games in which they score 11-plus since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

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