CINCINNATI — Ryan Garko's two-run double in the 10th inning completed San Francisco's comeback from a four-run deficit and helped the Giants to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
With Pablo Sandoval on second and Randy Winn on first, Garko hit a line drive up the left-center field gap off Francisco Cordero (1-3). He finished with four RBIs, as many as he had in his first 17 games after being acquired by San Francisco from Cleveland on July 27.
Juan Uribe added a sacrifice fly as the Giants sent the Reds to their fourth straight loss and fifth in the last six games.
Bob Howry (1-5) pitched a perfect ninth to get the win. Brian Wilson allowed a double, but picked up his 29th save.
The Giants' third win in four games allowed them to stay one game behind Colorado, which beat Washington 4-3, in the NL wild card.
San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum, who went into the game leading the majors with a 2.19 ERA, gave up as many earned runs in Cincinnati's four-run second inning as he had in his last four starts combined. The Reds batted around in the inning.
After intentionally walking Ryan Hanigan to load the bases with one out, Lincecum walked Paul Janish to force in a run.
Reds starter Homer Bailey, 0 for 18 going into the game, followed with a two-run single down the first base line, his first hit and RBIs of the season. Manager Bruce Bochy argued that the ball was foul, vehemently enough to be ejected by first base umpire Marvin Hudson.
Chris Dickerson added an RBI single to make it 4-0 and give the Reds as many hits in the inning as Lincecum had allowed in his last game.
Uribe hit his fifth homer of the season with one out in the third, but Joey Votto restored Cincinnati's four-run lead in the fifth with his 18th of the season and first in 51 at-bats since Aug. 2.
Votto's homer was the first off Lincecum in five starts since Atlanta's Yunel Escobar hit a three-run shot in the Braves' 4-2 win on July 22 — Lincecum's last loss.
San Francisco tied the game in the sixth on Winn's two-run double with the bases loaded and Garko's two-run single.
Bailey left after walking the next batter. He was charged with five runs and seven hits in 5—2-3 innings.
Lincecum, last season's Cy Young Award winner, finished with his third straight no-decision — his second such streak of the season. He allowed six hits and five runs with three walks and a season-low two strikeouts.
NOTES: Reds CF Willy Taveras left the game after seven innings with a right quadriceps strain. ... Bochy gave 2B Freddy Sanchez the day off to nurse his sore left shoulder. "It's kind of a day-to-day thing," Bochy said. "He said he wanted to play, but he needs a day. It's pretty sore." ... Bailey left tickets for tennis star and fellow Texas resident Andy Roddick, who is in Cincinnati for a tournament. Roddick, ranked fifth on the ATP Tour, sat in the first row behind the Reds dugout.