Dan Gladden's two-out single in the ninth inning scored pinch runner Brad Wellman from third base yesterday afternoon in San Francisco to give the Giants a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds remain 5 1/2 games behind the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost, 6-4, to San Diego.
San Francisco broke a five-game losing streak and ended a four-game Reds' winning streak.
Gladden's single came off Ted Power (7-6). With one out, Matt Nokes singled and Wellman came in to run. Jose Uribe singled and was forced at second by David Green, leaving runners at first and third. Gladden then lined a single to center.
"Everything had eyes except my pitching," said Power in disgust.
Scott Garrelts (9-4) pitched the ninth for the victory. Three Giants pitchers held the Reds to three hits.
Cincinnati starter Mario Soto allowed only an infield single in the fifth and struck out 13 through six innings. But with two out in the seventh, Dan Driessen singled and Nokes homered to right for a 2-2 tie.
Soto, who had not pitched since Sept. 13 because of foot and shoulder problems, left for a pinch hitter in the eighth with 14 strikeouts.
"He (Soto) threw real, real well," Reds Manager Pete Rose said. "We might have gotten caught up with the strikeouts and figured two runs was enough to win."