Cain shelled a career high nine runs in loss; Red’s Saurez and Hamilton light up the offense

May 5, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton, left, and Adam Duvall celebrate after Hamilton scored on a Zack Cozart double in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Reds beat the Giants 13-3. (AP Photo/Michael E. Keating)

By Jeremy Kahn

This will be a game that Matt Cain will want to put behind him as fast as he can and never looked at the tape.

Cain gave up nine runs, matching his career high in his 13-year career and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants 13-3 at Great American Ballpark.

The right-hander gave up 10 hits on just 78 pitches in 3.1 innings of work. Cain walked five of the first six batters he faced, as he saw his earned run average raise from 2.30 to 4.70.

This was the third time in Cain’s career that he gave up nine runs in a game, as he also did it on April 18, 2008 and on April 7, 2013, both times against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Giants pitchers walked 11 batters on the evening, the most by the team since September 24, 2011 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 12 walks issued to the Reds were the most since April 23, 2006, when they picked up 13 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Eugenio Suarez picked up three hits and drove in three runs, while Billy Hamilton scored four runs for the Reds, who have won five out of their last six games, including three straight.

Bronson Arroyo gave up three runs, two of them earned on five hit in 5.1 innings of work. Arroyo also walked just one and struck out four, and his raised his record to 3-2 on the season.

Joey Votto drove in the first run of the game for the Reds on a sacrifice fly, while Jose Peraza and Suarez each drove in a run on singles and the Reds never looked back.

Peraza extended his hitting streak up to nine games, a career high.

Christian Arroyo hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning.

NOTES: The Series opener got off to a late start, as the game was delayed one hour and 50 minutes due to a rain delay.

Ty Blach takes the mound on Saturday night in his third start of the season, while Amir Garrett takes the mound for the Reds.

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