DeSclafani enjoys return to Cincinnati, home runs propel Giants past Reds 4-2

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitching against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Bank Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tue May 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Anthony DeSclafani enjoyed a successful return to Cincinnati on Tuesday, as he worked seven strong innings for San Francisco as the Giants defeated the Reds 4-2 at Great American Ballpark.

The win was the fourth for San Francisco in six games on its current road trip.

DeSclafani (4-1), who spent six seasons in Cincinnati, gave up one run on six hits, two walks and struck out seven while throwing 107 pitches over seven innings. He settled in after surrendering a first-inning leadoff home run to Jesse Winkler.

Luis Castillo (1-6) logged 11 strikeouts in six innings, along with three walks and six hits.

Alex Dickerson provided the offensive punch for the Giants with a three-run home run into the right field corner in the fourth inning, giving San Francisco a 3-1 lead. Dickerson’s round-tripper – his fourth of the season – also helped set a franchise-record 15 consecutive road games with at least one home run.

Brandon Crawford connected on a hanging slider from Heath Hembree in the seventh, extending the Giants’ lead to 4-1 with his 10th home run of the year. Crawford also has 23 runs batted in.

Dickerson was 3-for-4 and Crawford was 2-for-4. Both teams had eight hits.

Nick Castellanos homered to left-center off Giants reliever Zack Littell, closing the Reds’ deficit to 4-2. Jake McGee earned his 11th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

San Francisco second baseman Wilmer Flores left the game in the second inning after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. The Giants said Flores would be evaluated further on Wednesday.

Lefthander Wade Miley (4-3, 3.69) will start for Cincinnati on Wednesday, facing Giants righthander Kevin Gausman (3-0, 1.84). Miley threw a no-hitter on May 7, but went three innings in his last start.

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