Renteria's walk-off single in 13th beats Giants 4-3

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Renteria's walk-off single in 13th beats Giants 4-3

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- For Edgar Renteria, the win was the important part. The fact that his game-ending hit came against his former team was just an added bonus.Renteria hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to send the slumping Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.Jay Bruce started the decisive rally with a leadoff walk on a 3-2 pitch from Brian Wilson (6-3). Miguel Cairo flied out, but reliever Jose Arredondo - making his first career plate appearance - chopped a single down the left-field line.Bruce moved to second on Arredondo's hit and Renteria, the World Series MVP for the Giants last season, lined a soft single down the right-field line to snap the Reds' four-game losing streak."It's always special because they're great guys," Renteria said of the Giants. "No matter who we play right now, we have to concentrate on winning ballgames. We were lucky to win that one."Arredondo's last plate appearance was in 2004 in the Arizona rookie league. The Los Angeles Angels then converted him from a shortstop to a pitcher.The Reds intended for him to lay down a bunt to advance Bruce but took it off after his first attempt."He didn't look too good bunting," manager Dusty Baker said.Using his own batting helmet and Bronson Arroyo's bat, Arredondo bounced the ball over third baseman Pablo Sandoval's head to set up Renteria."I was really, really happy when I saw the ball in the outfield," said Arredondo, who was surprised Baker took the bunt off. "I stepped out and asked to be sure."Arredondo (2-3) pitched a perfect 13th.Both teams escaped bases-loaded jams in the 10th. San Francisco left fielder Nate Schierholtz threw out Joey Votto at the plate to complete an inning-ending double play.Newly acquired Carlos Beltran, who went 0 for 4 in his Giants debut on Thursday, had an RBI single in the first for his first hit with San Francisco.Cincinnati responded with two runs in the bottom half, and another in the second. Drew Stubbs singled and scored in the first, then drove in Paul Janish with a grounder in the second to make it 3-1.Aubrey Huff helped the Giants rally. He hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, then scored from first on Eli Whiteside's two-out double on an 0-2 pitch from Bill Bray in the eighth.Starters Dontrelle Willis of the Reds and Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants both lasted six innings. Willis allowed two runs and six hits, and Vogelsong yielded three runs and seven hits."Our bullpen is extremely tired but they gutted it out tonight," Baker said. "It could have been a big downer but these guys kept fighting and fighting. Willis went deep in the ballgame but it didn't work. We still had to use guys I wanted to stay away from."NOTES: Willis has gotten at least one hit in each of his four starts since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 10. ... LHP Barry Zito will start Sunday for the Giants. ... Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez, on the disabled list since June 25 with left biceps tendinitis, will be activated in time to start Aug. 5 against Philadelphia, manager Bruce Bochy said, adding that Sanchez might make one more rehab appearance before then. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hit a sacrifice fly in the first to give him 500 career RBIs. ... Reds SS Zack Cozart, on the disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow, took some swings before the game for the first time since he was injured on July 23.

Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake

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Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake

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SAN JOSE — Danny Hoesen scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Marco Urena's second goal, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, off a long cross from Nick Lima. After touching the ball down, Hoesen gathered it off a defender's foot, stepped inside and unleashed a left footer into the top corner from just off the penalty spot.

Hoesen's long through ball down the right side sent Urena free and from a tight angle he rolled the ball past Nick Rimando in the 68th minute.

San Jose (6-6-5), which has battled injuries and call-ups to score just 16 goals in 16 games, won for just the second time in its last seven games.

Lima picked up two yellow cards in the second half and the Quakes played a man down from the 71st minute.

David Bingham made only one save in each half but was denied his seventh shutout when Jose Hernandez scored his second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Practically speaking, the 50th loss is no different than the one before or the one after, but this sport is built on milestones, and this one came quickly.

The Giants lost their 50th game on August 12 last year. This season, it was clinched when Ryder Jones grounded out in his fourth career at-bat, handing the Mets a 5-2 win on June 24. 

Bruce Bochy called losing 50 of your first 77 games "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." Johnny Cueto, who went seven strong, said the reality was "hard and sad." Brandon Belt, who got Cueto off the hook for a loss, agreed with his manager.

"That's a pretty good word to use -- it is embarrassing to come out and lose every day, especially with the group of guys we have," Belt said. "When you're losing as much as this, it is embarrassing. We're trying to do whatever we can to turn this thing around."

Lately, that has meant changes to the roster. It is officially audition season, and in that respect, it was not a particularly inspiring day for the bullpen. The Giants felt they would have a better mix this year, but it hasn't played out. Instead, they're once again trying to find pieces for the next successful Giants bullpen.

With Hunter Strickland suspended and Derek Law in the minors, two young relievers, a middle-innings stalwart, and a newcomer pitched the final two frames. They gave up four runs.

Sam Dyson was the first on the mound in the eighth. Belt had homered a few minutes earlier, tying a good starter's duel. Dyson gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson and walked Asdrubal Cabrera before throwing two good sliders past Yoenis Cespedes for the strikeout. With two lefties coming up and the go-ahead run still on third, Bochy turned to Steven Okert. He immediately gave up a seeing-eye RBI single to Jay Bruce. Wilmer Flores doubled off George Kontos later in the frame to make it 3-1. 

In the ninth, Kyle Crick showed some of the wildness that kept him in the minors for seven years. He, too, gave up a leadoff triple, a sin you always pay for. A walk helped put another run into scoring position and a wild pitch extended the Mets’ lead to four. 

Before the game, Bochy talked of getting an extended look at Jones. He was 0-for-4 in his first big league game but he’ll be back out there tomorrow. It’s time to fight for a job, and the same holds true of some relievers who didn’t fare well Saturday. It is a group with a closer locked into a longterm deal and little else decided. 

Are Strickland or Law eighth-inning guys? Will Dyson be a worthwhile reclamation project? Will Kontos be back, and will he carve out a different role? Are Okert and Josh Osich capable of giving Bochy lefties he trusts? Is Crick’s improvement in Triple-A a sign of things to come? There are many questions to be answered over the next three months. 

“This is a good time for them, this is what players get up here for, to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “Because of our situation, we’re going to take a look at these guys and we know there are going to be growing pains.”