A seven-run bottom of the third inning pushed the Cincinnati Reds to a 17-hit day and an 11-4 victory over the Giants at Great American Ball Park for a three-game series sweep and a 5-4 homestand. It was the top three of the Cincinnati lineup — Hamilton, Peraza and Gennett — that combined to go 7-for-12 Sunday with four runs scored. After the Reds won Friday’s series opener, 2-1, in 11 innings, they outscored the Giants by an 18-5 margin for the final two victories. San Francisco’s pitching staff came in with the best ERA in the National League since June 1 at 3.43. Reds starter Luis Castillo had a nice day on the mound, allowing three runs (one earned) and six hits allowed over 6 2/3 innings with no walks and nine strikeouts.
The Reds now head on the road for seven games, beginning with the opener of a three-game series vs. the Brewers at Miller Park. Game time is set for 8:10 p.m. Tonight (Monday) and available on WKYH 99.3 FM and AM 600 in Paintsville.