Eric Davis tripled and scored on a balk, and Tom Browning pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds to their seventh straight victory, a 1-0 win over the visiting San Francisco Giants yesterday.
The Giants have lost six in a row, four by one run. "I've never been on a ball club that went this many times without scoring nothing," said Giants Manager Jim Davenport.
Browning (2-0) gave up five hits and struck out six. The rookie left-hander has allowed one earned run in 24 innings this year. Ted Power pitched the ninth for his third save.
With two out in the third inning, Davis tripled to right off Atlee Hammaker (0-2) and, with a 3-1 count on Gary Redus, broke for home on an attempted steal.
Catcher Bob Brenly blocked the plate before he got the pitch. Interference was called on Brenly, giving Redus first base and resulting in a mandatory balk call that permitted Davis to score.
"Atlee went into his wind-up, and I could see (Davis) out of the corner of my eye," Brenly said. "He was well over halfway there and Atlee hadn't even started making his move toward the plate yet. He had no idea the guy was running. I knew if I stayed back (in the catcher's box) we weren't going to get him, so I tried to cheat and I got caught."