Crawford leads rally to beat Reds in Cincinnati

Crawford leads rally to beat Reds in Cincinnati

Brandon Crawford hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning as the San Francisco Giants rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

Reliever Vin Mazzaro (1-0) earned the victory in his debut for the Giants, and Santiago Casilla recorded his fifth save.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer off former teammate Johnny Cueto in the third to put Cincinnati ahead 4-3 before the Reds’ bullpen imploded yet again.

It was a rough homecoming for Cueto, who was pitching in Cincinnati for the first time since being traded away last July. He got roughed up in the third, allowing all six of Cincinnati’s runs, including Votto’s homer. In his other four innings, he permitted just one hit.