SAN FRANCISCO — Even with a huge deficit in the standings, Bruce Bochy likes to say that his boys are “still breathing,” and they just have to worry about what they can control. That would be winning games, and all of a sudden the Giants have a nice little run going.
With a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, they have four straight wins and seven in their last nine games.
Tim Hudson didn’t go deep enough for a pitcher win, but he left with a 4-0 lead. The Giants scored two runs in the first on Matt Duffy’s two-run double, and Duffy was in the middle of another rally in the third. He doubled with two outs and Brandon Belt followed with a triple to deep right. Marlon Byrd doubled Belt home.
Hudson scattered three baserunners through the first four innings, but two hits and a walk loaded the bases in the fifth. Javier Lopez entered and got one out before walking in a run. George Kontos came in for Lopez and got Brandon Phillips to ground out, ending the threat.
Josh Osich has been a standout in his rookie season, but he allowed the Reds back into the game in the seventh. Bochy brought Osich on with one on and two outs, and he grooved a 98 mph fastball to Jay Bruce that was smoked into the arcade in right.
Belt's sac fly in the eighth gave the Giants some breathing room, and they would need it. Santiago Casilla put two on in the ninth but escaped.
Starting pitching report: Hudson was charged with one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. In two starts since returning to the rotation, he has given up just one run and seven hits in 10 1/3 innings.
Bullpen report: Lopez and Kontos both came on in the fifth. Lopez is tied for fifth in the league with 68 appearances, Kontos is tied for 10th with 66.
At the plate: Adam Duvall — traded for Mike Leake — pinch-hit for the Reds and struck out.
In the field: Belt was a better Texas pitching prospect than Clayton Kershaw at one point and he showed off his arm with the bases loaded in the fifth. Bruce hit a grounder behind the first base bag and Belt decided to throw home for the force instead of racing Bruce to the bag. The throw was a dime, and it saved a run.
Attendance: The Giants announced their 396th consecutive sellout. There were hundreds of empty seats in the lower deck alone. If the sellout streak didn’t end Monday, it will never end.
Up next: Chris Heston vs. John Lamb in a battle or rookies. Lamb came over in the Johnny Cueto deal.