Giants hammered again by Reds in first game of doubleheader 

click to enlarge The Giants' Eric Surkamp couldn't make it out of the third inning Tuesday, his first appearance in the majors since 2011. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • The Giants' Eric Surkamp couldn't make it out of the third inning Tuesday, his first appearance in the majors since 2011.

The home run derby continued at AT&T Park on Tuesday as the Cincinnati Reds crushed the Giants 9-3 in the first game of the teams' doubleheader.

The Reds continued where they left off Monday in the second inning, tagging spot starter Eric Surkamp for four runs, three of which came on a Devin Mesoraco blast over the left-field fence.

"He hit it pretty good," Surkamp said. "I left a slider over the middle of the plate."

Mesoraco also homered off Tim Lincecum in Monday's game, one of three that the Reds hit on the night.

Votto joined the homer parade in the third inning with his 16th home run and shortstop Zack Cozart went yard in the fifth, giving the Reds an 8-2 lead.

Surkamp (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Fresno to start the first game of the doubleheader, was yanked after 2 2/3 innings having given up seven earned runs on nine hits.

Despite the loss, Surkamp, who hasn't pitched for the Giants since 2011, said it felt good to be back on the mound in a major league game.

"I was just excited to be back out there," he said.

Surkamp underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2012 and prior to Tuesday's game, he'd started just six games in the minors since his return. The lefty said he still is regaining his form.

"[My] arm doesn't have that whip back in it," he said. "I feel a little herky jerky."

The Giants jumped out to an early lead in the first when Pablo Sandoval scored leadoff man Andres Torres on a sacrifice fly to center field. But the Reds responded with four runs in the second and three more in the third.

"In the second and third, I was just leaving pitches out in the middle of the plate and they were hitting them," Surkamp said.

Sandoval scored the team's second run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Guillermo Quiroz and the team added a feel-good run in the ninth when Quiroz scored on a fielder's choice.

Cozart went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Mesoraco collected three hits in four at bats. In the first two games of the series, the Reds scored 20 runs on 32 hits.

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