CINCINNATI (AP) – Right fielder Aristides of Aquinas threw pinch runner Joey Bart at home plate to end the game, and the Cincinnati Reds held the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday behind Kyle Farmerthe first three-point homer of .
Cincinnati extended its winning streak to a season-high four despite playing down a man after the outfielder was suspended Tommy Pham.
The heavily armed Aristides saved this one, pinning Bart trying to score the tying run from second on Wilmer Flores’ two-out single in the ninth inning.
With Brandon Drury and Tyler Stephenson on base and two outs in the first, Farmer fired a shot into the left-center seats for his third home run in the last three games, extending his hitting streak to a season high. the Reds’ eight-game season.
Farmer, who was 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in Cincinnati’s 20-5 win over the Cubs on Thursday, had eight runs while going 6-for-10 in the last three games since missing some. three with back pain.
Vladimir Gutierrez picked up his first win of the season in his eighth start. Gutierrez (1-6), who entered with the most losses of any major league pitcher without a win, had runners in the running position in four of his five innings but allowed only one to cross the plate. He allowed six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Tony Santillan, Cincinnati’s fourth reliever, allowed pinch hitter Thairo Estrada to retire with two bases to finish the eighth. Santillan also threw the ninth for his third save – and the second in a row that required four outs.
Major League Baseball suspended Pham on Saturday for three games — retroactive to Friday — and fined him for slapping the Giants’ Joc Pederson during an altercation in the outfield before Friday’s game.
Pederson entered the Giants’ first inning with a brace in the third. Evan Longoria made it a one-run game with a sixth-inning homer against reliever Luis Cessa.
San Francisco starter Alex Wood (3-4) calmed down after the first, allowing just two more hits and four total with one walk and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against his old team.
Giants: C Curt Casali was activated from the seven-day concussion roster and C Michael Papierski was picked for Triple-A Sacramento. Casali singled to the top of the ninth and lifted for Bart, another receiver.
Reds: OF Max Shrock (left calf strain) was sent to Triple-A Louisville for rehab. Shrock has been out all season. … LHP Mike Minor threw 79 pitches in six innings for Triple-A Louisville at Omaha on Friday in his fourth rehab start.
Giants RHP Alex Cobb (3-2, 6.25 ERA) allowed 10 hits and six runs over six innings in his last start against the Mets on Monday. Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (2-5, 6.32) allowed nine hits and eight runs in four innings last out Tuesday against the Cubs.
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