Brandon Phillips returns with a bang, powers Reds over Giants, 3-1

Mike Leake just misses first career shutout

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run and double, and scored twice in his return to the lineup, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday night.

Mike Leake (6-6) allowed four hits in eight innings and had a career-high 12 strikeouts.

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"It didn't feel like that many," said Leake. "But I guess it's a big accomplishment. I'm not high on strikeouts."

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price thinks Leake could be a strikeout pitcher if that was his goal.

"He's pretty consistent hitting 93, 94 mph with his fastball," said the former pitching coach. "That's not a fastball you have to apologize for. He could throw more pitches and be less effective but strike out more guys."

Leake was closing in on his first major league shutout but gave up a seventh-inning homer to Adam Duvall, making his major league debut.

Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.

Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each added two hits for the Reds (40-38), who have won five of six and pulled two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Bruce doubled in the seventh and has an extra-base hit in each of his last seven games, the longest streak by a Reds player since Dave Parker did it in eight straight in 1986.

The Giants (46-33) lost for the 12th time in 16 games.

Ryan Vogelsong (5-4) allowed a run on five hits over six innings one day after Tim Lincecum threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He struck out seven and walked one.

Jean Machi, who allowed Phillips' home run leading off the seventh, had his scoreless streak end at 25 1-3 innings.

Zack Cozart and Ryan Ludwick also drove in runs for the Reds, who have won eight of their last 10 games, including playoffs, in San Francisco.

The Reds ended a scoreless duel with a run in the fifth. Phillips, who missed the last three games with a bruised heel, led off with a single. Two outs later, Cozart doubled him home.

Bruce followed Phillips' homer with a double and scored on Ludwick's single.

Duvall hit a 0-2 pitch from Leake into the left field bleachers to put the Giants on the scoreboard.

Leake allowed a two-out double to Buster Posey in the first and then retired 15 of the next 16 hitters before Hunter Pence's triple in the sixth.

The Giants also threw out two runners at home. Billy Hamilton tried to score on Devin Mesoraco's shallow fly to second baseman Joe Panik in the sixth, and Brandon Crawford nailed Mesoracso trying to score on Phillips' double to center field in the eighth.

NOTES: Frazier has a 13-game hitting streak against the Giants. ... Reds LHP Tony Cingrani, optioned to Triple A Louisville on Friday, was placed on the minor league disabled list with a strained shoulder. That came as a surprise to the Reds, who sent him down to work. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (7-5, 1.86), the major league leader in ERA, pitches for the Reds on Friday night. He has won his last two decisions. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.63) goes for the Giants. He's 2-2 in five starts against the Reds. . Giants 1B Michael Morse was scratched because of illness. ... Duvall became the 11th Giant since 1958 to homer in his first game.

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