Giants' Michael Kickham rattled again in 8-1 loss to Reds

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Michael Kickham can't reach an infield single hit by Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI — Mike Kickham isn't sure why his pitches seem to wander when he gets past the first inning.

Todd Frazier homered off the rookie starter and drove in four runs Monday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds out of their offensive slump to an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.

Frazier had an RBI single and a three-run homer off Kickham (0-3), who has been hit hard in each of his three major league starts.

"It seems the first inning has gone really well for me for whatever reason," the left-hander said. "In the second and third innings, I'm just kind of struggling."

He struck out two of the first three batters he faced on Monday, then fell apart again.

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