Cueto roughed up but Giants rally for 9-6 win over Reds

Johnny Cueto

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds roughed up Johnny Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but the San Francisco Giants rallied against Cincinnati’s historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford’s three-run homer to a 9-6 victory Monday night.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game. It was Cueto’s worst showing since he gave up eight runs during Kansas City’s 11-8 loss at Toronto in the AL Championship Series last season.

The Reds’ bullpen tied history while letting a 6-3 lead slip away.

Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco singled in runs off J.C. Ramirez (0-2) in the seventh. Crawford connected off Drew Hayes for his third homer and an 8-6 lead.

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