AT&T PARK — Bobby Evans couldn’t hide his excitement when Adam Duvall returned to San Francisco on Monday.
“I probably shouldn’t feel so happy for him,” the general manager said of the former Giant spare part turned Cincinnati Reds All-Star. “But I do.”
On Tuesday, after Duvall mashed a pair of home runs — the second of which landed just shy of the giant Coke bottle — Evans was likely reconsidering that stance.
Even as Duvall and the Reds combined for four homers, the Giants edged the visitors 9-7 on Tuesday night to claim their second win of the second half.
“To get a win — there’s no question — it’s a good thing right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ve been in a tough stretch here and the bats picked us up tonight.
One of those bats belonged to Matt Cain.
After whiffing on a bunt attempt with runners on the corners, Cain sent a 92-mph fastball from Cody Reed beyond the wall in left to give the Giants a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the second.
“As pitchers, we’re always trying to mess with things and think we can hit,” Cain said. “You just hope you can put a decent swing on some pitches and hope you run into one.”
With Cain staked to a 5-0 advantage in the top of the fourth, Joey Votto tallied the Reds’ first home run.
Duvall would get the second in the sixth. Duvall’s long ball came on the last pitch that Cain would throw, as the Reds cut the deficit to 6-4.
Brandon Crawford provided the Giants with some much-needed insurance in the seventh, lining a two-run triple to center field. Conor Gillaspie then pushed the advantage to 9-4 with a pinch-hit single.
The Reds weren’t done rallying. In the eighth, Sergio Romo served up home runs to Jay Bruce and Duvall — the first two batters he faced.
“We’ve run into some guys who are hitting home runs,” Cain said when asked to explain why the Giants staff has allowed 23 home runs in 10 second half games.
With one out in the top of the ninth, the Reds brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Votto. Santiago Casilla shutdown the rally by inducing a sacrifice fly off the bat of the Reds first baseman before punching out Bruce.
“That’s us,” Bochy said. “We don’t do anything easy. We had to face some really good hitters there at the end, but Casilla was able to get that last out.”Adam DuvallBobby EvansBrandon CrawfordBruce BochyMatt CainMLBSan Francisco GiantsSantiago Casilla