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Reds 5, Giants 2

Reds starter Johnny Cueto clutches his side as he leaves the game with one out in the first inning with back spasms.

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Reds starter Johnny Cueto clutches his side as he leaves the game with one out in the first inning with back spasms.

SAN FRANCISCO — Sam LeCure, Mat Latos and three other relievers shut down San Francisco after Cincinnati lost ace Johnny Cueto in the first inning with a back injury, and the Reds were powered by home runs from Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce to beat the Giants 5-2 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series Saturday night.

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Phillips hit a two-run homer in the third and Bruce added a solo drive leading off the fourth as the Reds overcame losing their 19-game winner.

The Giants' Matt Cain allowed his first career postseason earned runs after going untouched during the 2010 World Series season.

Reds manager Dusty Baker earned an emotional win in his return to the playoffs 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a championship.

Cueto had the shortest postseason start in the majors in eight years when back spasms forced him to leave while pitching to the second batter of the game. He is day to day.

LeCure and scheduled Game 3 starter Latos held the Giants scoreless until Buster Posey's leadoff homer off Latos in the sixth cut Cincinnati's lead to 3-1.

Latos wound up going four innings, and Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton followed with a scoreless inning each. Closer Aroldis Chapman struggled in the ninth, loading the bases on a single and two walks and throwing a wild pitch to score a run. He struck out Posey to end the game.

Phillips' homer was the first earned runs Cain had ever allowed in the postseason, ending a run of 231/3 innings without an earned run that was the fifth-longest ever. Cain allowed two homers in a game at home for the second time in the past two seasons, the other on June 29 against Cincinnati.

The Reds earned their first postseason win since 1995, having lost seven straight since.

If Cueto's injury isn't serious, he could come back and take Latos' spot in the rotation in Game 3.

2012 Team 2012 Vs. Opp.

Team Pitcher Time W-L ERA Rec. W-L IP ERA

Cincinnati Arroyo (R) 9:30 12-10 3.74 18-14 0-0 11.0 2.45

San Francisco Bumgarner (L) p.m. 16-11 3.37 19-13 1-0 9.0 0.00

Reds 5, Giants 2 10/07/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 1:26am]
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