San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Despite losing their ace in the first inning, the Cincinnati Reds got a decent effort from their bullpen and won the opener of their National League Division Series.
Johnny Cueto exited with back spasms after making just eight pitches, but the Reds got homers from Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce to hold off the San Francisco Giants, 5-2, at AT&T Park.
Sam LeCure (1-0), Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton combined to allow one run. Latos, who was expected to start Game 3, yielded four hits, including a homer to Buster Posey, over four innings.
Aroldis Chapman had trouble in the final inning and gave up a run on a wild pitch before fanning Posey to end the game.
Phillips drove in three runs for the NL Central champions, who had lost their previous seven playoff games. They were swept in the division series two years ago by the Philadelphia Phillies and were whitewashed by the Atlanta Braves in the 1995 NLCS. This was Cincinnati's first postseason win in exactly 17 years. The Reds completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series on Oct. 6, 1995.
The NL West champion Giants went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.
Game 2 of this best-of-five series is Sunday night in San Francisco. Bronson Arroyo is slated to start on the mound for the Reds against Madison Bumgarner.
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