Bochy’s hunch pays off as Giants beat Reds


SAN FRANCISCO — With the help of a stout bullpen and a bold move by manager Bruce Bochy, the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Tuesday night before a crowd of 37,809 at AT&T Park.

Trailing 3-0, the Giants chased Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle in a fifth inning during which a hunch by Bochy paid off in a big way during a four-run uprising.

Belt opened the inning with a solo home run to right field, his eighth of the season and second in two nights.

Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Austin Jackson all followed with singles to load the bases. Longoria considered trying to score on Jackson’s hit to right fielder Scott Schebler, but he put on the brakes as the throw arrived to catcher Tony Cruz. Cruz’s throw to third was fraction late to get Longoria.

After Kelby Tomlinson struck out for the first out, Bochy yanked starter Ty Blach in favor of pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded. Blach, up to that point, had given up one earned run and looked to have at least an inning or two left.

Sandoval made Bochy look smart by grounding an opposite-field two-run single past Eugenio Suarez to tie the score 3-3.

The Giants added a fourth-run when Andrew McCutchen’s ground ball to third drove in Jackson with the fourth run, with McCutchen’s hustle down the line avoiding an inning-ending double play.

Cincinnati got a pair of unearned runs against Blach in the third inning when Tomlinson booted Jesse Winker’s ground ball to second, and then was late to first after making a nice recovery. Suarez was next, and he hit a towering two-run homer to left for a 2-0 Reds lead.

The Reds made it 3-0 in the fourth when Billy Hamilton hit a two-out flare to right center to score Cruz with two out.

After Blach departed, relievers Pierce Johnson, Will Smith, Sam Dyson, Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland each threw a scoreless inning to get the Giants over .500 at 22-21. Johnson got the win with a scoreless fifth, improving his record to 2-1. Strickland’s save was his ninth of the season.

The Reds, who came to town with a six-game win streak, fell to 14-29.

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