CINCINNATI – Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs Monday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.
Frazier had an RBI single and a three-run homer off left-hander Mike Kickham (0-3), who has been hit hard in each of his three major league starts.
Zack Cozart added a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double as the Reds piled up their most runs since a 12-2 win at Wrigley Field on June 11.
Bronson Arroyo (7-6) gave up a pair of hits in six innings, including Brandon Belt’s homer.
Rain halted the game after the sixth. The umpires waited 1 hour, 28 minutes, before calling it.
It was the first game shortened by rain at Great American Ball Park since Cincinnati’s 4-2 win over the Cubs in five innings on Sept. 22, 2006. The Reds had a game suspended overnight because of rain earlier this season.
The Reds scored four times in the second inning off Kickham, more runs than they managed in four of their last five games. The 24-year-old pitcher has gotten a rough introduction to the majors, making his first three starts on the road and losing all of them.
He has given up 21 hits and 16 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.
Jake Dunning had just started warming in the Giants’ bullpen when Frazier hit a three-run homer in the third on Kickham’s 56th pitch. It was the fourth homer Kickham has given up in his three starts.
That marked the first time the Reds had scored more than five runs at Great American since an 8-2 win over Cleveland on May 28.