Giants lose to Red 9-0

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left , has words with home plate umpire Marty Foster, right, after Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 9-0. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left , has words with home plate umpire Marty Foster, right, …

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Beltran and Orlando Cabrera could not help their new teammates this weekend.

The Giants wrapped up a 2-4 road trip with their worst loss of the season on Sunday, a 9-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds that completed a three-game sweep.

Manager Bruce Bochy pointed out that the Giants played from behind for almost the entire series, giving up a total of 10 runs in the first inning.

"We got beat up the last couple of games," Bochy said. "The first inning killed us. Ten runs in the first inning is too much. You've got to find a way to fight back."

Cabrera arrived Sunday after being acquired in a deal with Cleveland on Saturday night. He went 0 for 3. Beltran is 2 for 17 with an RBI since coming over from the Mets on Thursday.

Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter and Joey Votto added a three-run homer and tied his career high with five RBIs for the Reds.

Rookie Todd Frazier hit his first career home run and Drew Stubbs had a career-high four hits as the Reds rebounded from being swept by the New York Mets in four games to post three consecutive wins for the first time since sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers June 13-15.

Cueto (7-4) missed the first month of the season with irritation in his right upper arm and needed 7 1-3 innings to qualify for the National League ERA lead. He went into the game with a 1.88 ERA and lowered it to 1.72 with his first shutout since beating Pittsburgh 9-0 with a one-hitter on May 11, 2010. The complete game was his third of the season, but he lost the other two. Cueto had one walk with six strikeouts while allowing just one baserunner past first base.

"Give their pitcher credit," Bochy said. "He pitched great."

San Francisco left-hander Barry Zito was handed his third straight loss after a stretch in which he won three in a row as the Giants were swept for the fifth time this season and first since losing three straight at Oakland June 17-19.

For the second consecutive game, the Reds grabbed a first-inning lead. Stubbs, Edgar Renteria and Votto all singled to produce one run. After Zito's wild pitch, Brandon Phillips produced a sacrifice fly, and Jay Bruce singled up the middle for a 3-0 lead.

"The pitches to Renteria and Bruce were up," Zito said. "They were pitches that didn't finish."

The Reds led 5-0 after the first inning on Saturday.

Frazier hit a 1-1 pitch from Zito 368 feet over the left field fence for a 4-0 lead with one out in the fourth inning. The Reds made it 5-0 on Bruce's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Zito (3-4) allowed eight hits and five runs with two walks and four strikeouts. He also threw a wild pitch.

The Reds broke it open in the seventh on Votto's 414-foot, three-run homer to center field on a full-count pitch from Guilleromo Mota.

The Reds wrapped up the scoring with Stubbs' double and Votto's RBI single in the eighth.

The Giants lost twice by eight runs this season. Bochy isn't concerned, even with Arizona — first-place San Francisco's closest pursuer in the NL West — coming in for a three-game series. The East-leading Phillies follow for a four-game weekend series.

"This club is resilient," Bochy said. We've been through this before. It's not easy. There are always going to be bumps in the road, and this was a big one. It's up to us. We've got to go out there and play our best ball. We've got the talent. We've just got to do it."

NOTES: San Francisco optioned rookie SS Brandon Crawford to Triple-A Fresno before the game to make room on the roster for newly acquired SS Orlando Cabrera. ... After their six-game road trip, the Giants return home for their second 10-game home stand of the season. After the first of their two 10-game home stands, the Reds leave for a six-game trip to Houston and Chicago. ... Phillips extended his hitting streak to 10 games (15 for 42, .357), the team's longest current streak.

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