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What we learned in Giants' back-and-forth win over Reds

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The Giants will play 151 more games after this one, and they'll have a hard time topping Tuesday's weirdness.

They exchanged pairs of two-run homers with the Cincinnati Reds in a bananas first inning and gave up the game-tying run later on with a sequence that went infield hit, balk, wild pitch, bloop.

But in the end, they prevailed in what might have been their best win of the year thus far.

Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly gave the Giants (7-4) a lead in the seventh and Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee made the Reds (7-4) look silly down the stretch, closing out a 7-6 win. Rogers did the heavy lifting on this night, striking out Joey Votto, Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas with a series of rising pitches that they've never seen in the NL Central.

Here are three things to know from a wildly entertaining game.

Deuces Wild

Entering the first inning Tuesday night, the Giants had gone eight consecutive games scoring and allowing four runs or fewer, tying a franchise record.

So, naturally, the Reds hit two two-run homers in the top of the first and the Giants answered with two two-run blasts in the bottom of the inning.

It was the first time four homers were hit in the first inning of a game at Oracle Park. The men who did the damage, in order: Joey Votto, Mike Moustakas, Mike Yastrzemski, Brandon Crawford.

Baseball is weird.

The top of the first also ended another streak for the Giants. Kevin Gausman became the first member of the rotation to allow more than three runs in a start. The Giants had gone 10 straight to start the year with their starter throwing at least five innings and allowing three or fewer, the third-longest streak to begin a season in franchise history.

 

The Reverse Cain

Gausman allowed the four runs in the first and then gave up an RBI double to Castallenos to make it a 5-4 ballgame, but after that he looked exactly like the pitcher who dominated in his first two starts. Gausman retired 13 in a row after the Castellanos double, and he left the game with a lead.

Gausman was at 90 pitches after the top of the sixth and Evan Longoria tied it with his fourth homer. Austin Slater's RBI triple gave the Giants a one-run lead, and had Gausman applauding from the top step of the dugout. It was a huge change from his first two starts, when he allowed two runs but took no-decisions.

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Local Kid

St. Francis (Mountain View) and Stanford alum Alex Blandino tied it in the seventh at the end of a strange sequence. Jonathan India got a leadoff single when he dribbled a ball over the third base line, and advanced to third on a balk and wild pitch by Wandy Peralta.

Blandino popped a ball up to shallow left-center that had a hit probability of just 25 percent, but Crawford and Tommy La Stella were playing in and they collided as they both went back on the ball. It dropped between them, allowing the Reds to tie it up.

Again, baseball is weird.

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