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Giants Extend Winning Streak to Six, Defeat Reds 4-2 in Extra Innings to Conclude Suspended Game

San Francisco Giants beat Cincinnati Reds in suspended game, ending skid.

The San Francisco Giants emerged victorious in a rain-delayed game against the Cincinnati Reds, winning 4-2 in the 10th inning. Joc Pederson played a crucial role in the Giants' victory, hitting a tiebreaking double in the extra inning. This loss marked the Reds' fifth consecutive defeat, during which they only managed to score five runs with 18 hits. As a result, the Reds now find themselves 2 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, who currently lead the NL Central division.

Wilmer Flores was another standout player for the Giants, contributing with two doubles and a home run. The Giants have been dominant against NL Central teams this season, boasting a record of 17-7 against the division.

The game was tied 2-2 on Monday night when it was suspended due to rain. After a wait of 1 hour and 55 minutes, the game resumed in the top of the eighth inning with one out. With Brett Wisely on second as the automatic runner, Pederson smashed a pitch from Ian Gibaut against the left-field wall, allowing Wisely to score. Pederson then advanced to home plate on Flores' groundout, taking advantage of an off-line throw from Reds' second baseman Jonathan India.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz walked against Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers. De La Cruz then stole his 17th base of the season, although he was initially called out by second base umpire Adam Beck. However, the decision was reversed after a video review. Unfortunately for De La Cruz, he was subsequently picked off by Rogers while attempting to steal third base. This was the third time De La Cruz had been caught stealing this year.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler praised Rogers' execution of the pickoff move, emphasizing its importance in the game. According to Kapler, erasing De La Cruz as a baserunner was a crucial moment that ultimately helped the Giants secure the win. De La Cruz's role in the game was notable as well, as he led off for the first time after batting cleanup in his previous 33 starts.

Reds manager David Bell acknowledged De La Cruz's efforts and expressed pride in his team's hard work. Bell emphasized the importance of staying aggressive and not being fearful, regardless of the outcome on the field.

The Giants' Camilo Doval closed out the game with a 1-2-3 10th inning, striking out two batters and securing his 29th save in 31 chances. The Giants' pitching staff limited the Reds to just four hits throughout the game.

In the originally scheduled game, Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores hit home runs for the Giants, while Matt McLain and Jonathan India homered for the Reds. The starting pitchers for that game were Luke Weaver for the Reds and Anthony DeSclafani for the Giants.

In other news, the Reds welcomed top prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand to the major leagues. Encarnacion-Strand made his debut as a designated hitter but went 0 for 3. His name, consisting of 27 characters, is officially the longest in MLB history, surpassing Minnesota pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson by five characters.

Both teams made roster additions for the second game of the doubleheader. The Reds added right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan as their 27th man, while the Giants included switch-hitting outfielder Bryce Johnson.

Regarding injuries, Giants manager Gabe Kapler expects right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson to rejoin the team soon after completing a rehab assignment in Arizona. On the other hand, the return dates for Reds' pitchers Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo remain uncertain. Greene is rehabbing in Goodyear, Arizona, while Lodolo is undergoing rehabilitation in Cincinnati.

The next game will feature Giants' right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling against Reds' right-handed pitcher Graham Ashcraft. Stripling is still searching for his first win of the season, while Ashcraft holds a 4-7 record.

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