The Reds beat the Giants 4-2 to stop slippage in 7 games

SAN FRANCISCO – Rookie right-winger Graham Ashcraft bounced back from two poor games, making eight career runs to help the Cincinnati Reds halt their seven-game losing streak Friday night with a 4-2 victory over the 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.

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