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Playoff push: Giants top Reds, win 11th of 14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds and the other San Francisco
hitters made it an easy afternoon for rookie Matt Cain.

Cain pitched seven sharp innings and the resurgent Giants won
again, beating the slumping Cincinnati Reds 8-0 Sunday. Omar
Vizquel, Ray Durham and Shea Hillenbrand each drove in two runs as
San Francisco won for the 11th time in 14 games.

Bonds went 3-for-3 and Giants pulled within two games of
Cincinnati in the wild-card race and kept up its chase of Los
Angeles in the NL West.

Bonds also drew his 100th walk of the season. He's batting .251
with 17 home runs and 55 RBI this year.

"He's getting hot again and he's still one of the best hitters
in the game, regardless of what anybody says," Hillenbrand said.
"When Bonds gets hot, the three-hole hitter sees a lot more
strikes."

The Reds have lost four of five since climbing within percentage
points of NL Central-leading St. Louis.

Cain (10-9) gave up four hits, struck out nine and walked two.
He allowed only two runners past first base.

"I wanted to establish the zone early and I was able to do
that," he said. "The offense was awesome. It takes pressure off
when we score early. I could concentrate on getting my first two
pitches in the zone."

Cain became the ninth rookie to win at least 10 games for San
Francisco, and the first since Ryan Jensen in 2002. Cain has given
up one run and 12 hits over his last 19 1-3 innings.

"He's getting better every outing," Giants manager Felipe Alou
said. "Every time he throws a pitch he has some thought behind it,
some strategy."

The 3-4-5 hitters were a combined 8-for-13 with five RBI.
Hillenbrand, batting third, had three hits.

Bonds had nine hits in his last 20 at-bats on the homestand,
including a home run, and drove in five runs.

"He's not getting pitches to hit for home runs but he is
getting pitches to do what he's doing now and we need that," Alou
said. "He looks pretty good there."

Hillenbrand went 8-for-16 with five RBI against the Reds,
snapping an 0-for-15 stretch.

"The way he's swinging, we've see that before," Alou said.
"He could carry a team for weeks. I don't believe this team is
going to slow down."

Kyle Lohse (1-1) allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings.
The five runs matched the total he had given up in his other five
appearances since being traded from Minnesota to the Reds on July
31.

"The main thing before I've been able to get ahead with my
fastball and location," Lohse said. "That didn't happen today.
They jumped on a lot of first pitch fastballs. I threw a lot of bad
strikes."

In his previous outing, Lohse pitched eight shutout innings
against Houston.

The Giants scored in each of the first three innings. Durham hit
an RBI single in the first, Vizquel had a two-run single in the
second and Durham had a sacrifice fly in the third.

Pedro Feliz doubled home a run in the fifth, matching his career
high with 84 RBI. Bonds singled in a run in the sixth.

The Reds went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They
were 2-for-28, and hitless in their last 19 tries, during the
series.

"They played a great series against us," Reds manager Jerry
Narron said. "In the last three games we haven't done a whole lot.
We've been in this situation before and we'll see what we're made
of the next six games on the road."

Ryan Freel led off the eighth with a single and reached second
on Ken Griffey Jr.'s one-out single, but reliever Kevin Correia got
Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Dunn on infield pop ups.

Griffey also doubled in extending his hitting streak to 12
games.

Game notes
Bonds had at least two hits and scored two runs in the same
game for the first time since June 14 in Arizona. ... Cain's 144
strikeouts rank sixth in franchise history for rookies. ... Reds
RHP Gary Majewski pitched a scoreless inning in his second rehab
start with Triple-A Louisville. ... Reds 1B Scott Hatteberg went
1-for-13 in the series. ... Durham is 10-for-23 with 16 RBI
following an intentional walk to Bonds. ... Giants OF Moises Alou
pinch-hit in the eighth, his first appearance since Aug. 20.