SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Rising right-hander Graham Ashcraft rebounded from two poor games as he made eight career runs to help the Cincinnati Reds halt their seven-game losing streak Friday night with a 4-2 win over San Francisco. giants.
Nick Senzel led in two rounds and Mike Mustakas scored twice to speed up Cincinnati’s attack.
Ashcraft (4-1) stumbled only in the fourth inning, when Ivan Longoria punched Homer twice, and in the eighth – when Mike Jastrzemsky criticized the RBI song. It came after a double-play Ashcraft comeback by Tommy La Stella to put down a potential rally for the Giants.
Hunter Strickland worked in the ninth net against his former team to save his third.
Ashcraft allowed six hits and didn’t walk any while hitting eight. He gave up 10 runs and 17 runs in his 9 2/3 runs in his previous starts.
Cincinnati opened the scoring twice in the second half from the start Alex Cobb (3-3). Kyle Farmer hit the singles floor and scored two goals from Mustakas. Senzel also doubled to knock at Moustakas.
Senzel and Jonathan India performed a double steal to establish Donovan Solano in the fifth inning. This was the last round assigned to Cobb, who went 4 1/3 runs. He allowed three runs, two hits, and five hits while walking once and hitting four.
Moustakas doubled again for sixth place from Jake McGee and went home on Senzel’s song.
San Francisco recalled RHP Yunior Marte of Triple-A Sacramento and picked RHP Zack Littell for the same club.
Littell had three runs in four innings spanning his last two appearances, including 40 runs in the second round.
“Zach gave us a lot, and this last outing was relatively stressful,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I don’t think it’s a secret that we want to be in a position to protect our office, and today we felt we needed to have an arm on the list that could give us two or more turns if needed.”
Reds: RHP put Jeff Hoffman on the injured list and called in RHP Jared Solomon to fill his spot. …LHP Nick Lodolo (low back strain) is scheduled to perform his fourth rehab Wednesday at Triple-A Louisville in Toledo. “He will start again and then come back in the first week of July as a start with us,” said coach David Bale. “About the fourth or fifth day if it goes well next time.”
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford is back in the lineup. He was knocked out of Tuesday’s game in Atlanta with a bruised left knee after colliding with catch Travis Darno. … Lamonte Wide Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI’s as DH with Triple-A Sacramento in Thursday’s rehab game. He was expected to play on the field for seven games on Friday. “We’ve seen with LaMonte that we want him to feel confident in his performance and his health,” Kapler said. “And when we bring him back to the Major League level, we want him to feel like he can do whatever he needs to on the baseball field without any restrictions. And so we will be patient with that.”
Reds LHP Mike Minor (1-3, 6.97 ERA) face Giants RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.26) on Saturday.
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