Moore, Giants shut down Reds
SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Matt Moore continued his dominant form at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon, pitching the San Francisco Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
In a game that started less than 13 hours after Friday's 17-inning marathon ended past midnight, the Giants won a second straight after dropping the series opener to the Reds on Thursday.
The time of the game was 2 hours, 33 minutes, almost three full hours less than the 5-hour, 28-minute contest the night before.
Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano hit solo home runs for San Francisco in a game otherwise highlighted by strong starting pitching after both clubs had exhausted their bullpens in the previous contest.
Moore (2-4), who had been roughed up for 12 runs in just 8 2/3 innings in his previous two starts (both on the road), limited the Reds to one run on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
Moore was at his best with runners on base, stranding seven in the first three innings alone. Cincinnati left 11 aboard in the game.
The Reds' only run was a product of Scott Schebler's solo homer in the sixth inning.
Moore is now 6-0 in his last nine home starts dating to last August. He pitched with a lead from the second inning on, thanks to the early homers by Belt, his sixth, and Ruggiano, his first.
Those were two of the just six hits allowed by Reds right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla in a complete-game effort. The 26-year-old was making his fourth major league start overall, his first since 2014 and his first with the Reds.
Bonilla (0-1) allowed all three runs. He walked two and struck out five.
The complete game was the second for a Reds pitcher in the last week. Scott Feldman shut out the Giants 4-0 in Cincinnati last Sunday.
The Giants added a third run in the seventh inning on a single by Michael Morse, a stolen base by pinch-runner Gorkys Hernandez and an RBI single by Kelby Tomlinson.
Right-hander Hunter Strickland, appearing in his third straight game in the series, got the final two outs of the eighth inning before righty Derek Law pitched around a one-out walk in the ninth for his third save.
Schebler's home run was his 10th. He also doubled for the Reds, who outhit the Giants 8-6.
NOTES: 1B Brandon Belt's first-inning home run was a "Splash Hit" at AT&T Park, the 72nd by a Giant in the ballpark's 18-year history. Belt ranks third on the "Splash Hit" list behind LF Barry Bonds (35) and Pablo Sandoval (7). ... The "Splash Hit" was the fourth allowed by a Reds pitcher, the first since 2008. ... No Reds batter has ever recorded a "Splash Hit." ... Among the regulars who did not start Saturday afternoon in the wake of Friday's 17-inning marathon: Reds CF Billy Hamilton and SS Zack Cozart, and Giants C Buster Posey, 3B Christian Arroyo and RF Hunter Pence. ... Reds RHP Lisalverto Bonilla recorded his first major league hit in the fourth inning. ... Umpire Tony Randazzo, banged up behind the plate in Friday's game, was taken off his weekend assignments. Ryan Blakney took his place at third base on Saturday.