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Reds pound Giants again to capture four-game series

  • San Francisco Giants' Chad Gaudin, right, is removed from the baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds by manager Bruce Bochy, left, in the fourth inning Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Leake pitched six-plus innings of wildly effective ball and had the third three-hit game of his career, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Leake (10-4) allowed a career-high 12 hits but gave up just one run. He also snapped an 0-for-26 skid — his longest hitless streak — with two singles and a double.

Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Devin Mesoraco each drove in two runs to power the Reds to another impressive win against the reigning World Series champions. After allowing San Francisco to rally from an 0-2 deficit to win the NL division series last October, Cincinnati finished 6-1 against the Giants this season — and most of the wins weren't even close.

The Reds outscored San Francisco 45-14, including Homer Bailey's no-hitter on July 2. They also outscored the Giants 31-11 in four games this week at AT&T Park.

In the finale, the Giants had 15 hits — including five singles by Hunter Pence — but were 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 on base. Adding to the embarrassment, even the chalk that makes up the batter's box was off-center.


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