Rolen is congratulated by Renteria after scoring in the 4th inning
Jonny Gomes went 3-for-4 and Johnny Cueto fanned eight in seven scoreless innings as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at AT&T Park.
Cueto allowed just four hits and two walks to improve his record to 3-2.
Cincinnati scored its first run in the fourth inning when Gomes’ base hit brought home Scott Rolen, who doubled right before that.
The Reds picked up another run in the eighth inning on a passed ball by Eli Whiteside after reliever Santiago Casilla loaded the bases with two outs. An inning later, they picked up another run off Guillermo Mota on a two-out RBI single by Brandon Phillips.
It was another hard luck loss for Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who dropped his NL-leading eighth game of the year, despite the fact that he pitched another gem. Bumgarner scattered eight hits over 7 innings and did not walk a batter, while striking out seven. He has a 1.93 ERA and 1.104 WHIP over his past nine starts (60.2 innings).
Former Giant Edgar Renteria was honored before the game in a very nice, on-field ring ceremony. After owner Bill Neukom presented the 2010 World Series MVP with his ring, Renteria was mobbed by his former teammates, who congratulated him with lots of hugs, high-fives and ass-slaps.
•Miguel Tejada went 2-for-4 with two doubles and made a couple of sparkling plays at third base.
•The Giants had an announced crowd of 41,106 Thursday, their 28th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park this season (and 38 straight going back to last season).
•Giants infielders Mike Fontenot (strained groin) and Pablo Sandoval (fractured hand) are both on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno. Both appeared in Thursday’s game against the Salt Lake City Bees. Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a couple of ribbies. Fontenot was 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
•The Giants will unveil a new line of unique designer t-shirts at Friday’s game. The tees were designed during spring training by Sandoval, Cody Ross, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. A “mini fashion show” will be presented to show off the new line. Players from the Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox also participated in the two-month design and manufacturing process, an event that gave the players an opportunity to express their unique personalities and attitudes on jerseys and T-shirts.
•The annual Legends Game will take place before Friday’s game. Expected to participate: Bill Mueller, Will Clark, J.T. Snow, Gaylord Perry, Mike McCormick, John Montefusco, and Darrell Evans.
Final score: CIN 3, SF 0
Winning pitcher: Cueto (3-2)
Losing pitcher: Bumgarner (2-8)
Save: Cordero (12)
Game ball: Gomes (3-for-4, RBI)
Top play: Gomes’ run-scoring single in the 4th inning
Giant homers: none
Giants’ record: 35-28, 1st place, 1 game ahead
Streak: Lost 1
Next up: CIN at SF, Friday, 7:15 p.m. PDT
TV/Radio/Web: NBC Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM, sfgiants.com
Starters: Ryan Vogelsong (4-1, 1.68) vs. Travis Wood (4-4, 5.72)
Venue: AT&T Park
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