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  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum blows on his hands in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Lincecum was the winning pitcher in the game won by the Giants 8-3. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum blows on his hands in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Lincecum was the winning pitcher in the game won by the Giants 8-3. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants players celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants players celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher, left, talks with general manager Walt Jocketty during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher, left, talks with general manager Walt Jocketty during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce, left, talks with Joey Votto during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce, left, talks with Joey Votto during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier fields a ground ball during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier fields a ground ball during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips waves to the fans during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips waves to the fans during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier adjusts his cap during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier adjusts his cap during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped their injured ace from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with right-hander Mike Leake a few hours before Game 4 (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped their injured ace from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with right-hander Mike Leake a few hours before Game 4 (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake  throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey, right, jokes with Reds owner Bob Castellini after Bailey was honored for throwing a no-hitter prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey, right, jokes with Reds owner Bob Castellini after Bailey was honored for throwing a no-hitter prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, left, is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after Pagan hit a home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, left, is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after Pagan hit a home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Darren Baker, 13, son of Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker eats sunflower seeds in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants,  Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Darren Baker, 13, son of Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker eats sunflower seeds in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is safe at second with a double as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is late with the tag during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is safe at second with a double as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is late with the tag during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is safe at second with a double as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was late with the tag during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Umpire Chad Fairchild signals safe. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is safe at second with a double as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was late with the tag during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Umpire Chad Fairchild signals safe. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake stands on the mound in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake stands on the mound in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Joaquin Arias scores in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Joaquin Arias scores in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) scores in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) scores in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen, left, and Ryan Hanigan watch from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen, left, and Ryan Hanigan watch from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' relief pitcher Sam LeCure (63) walks back to the mound after the San Francisco Giants scored in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' relief pitcher Sam LeCure (63) walks back to the mound after the San Francisco Giants scored in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after Pagan hit a home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after Pagan hit a home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito, left, stands on the mound after walking Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier with the bases loaded in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito, left, stands on the mound after walking Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier with the bases loaded in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Jose Arredondo throws against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds' Jose Arredondo throws against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Sam LeCure (63) throws against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Sam LeCure (63) throws against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Drew Stubbs hits a double during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Reds' Drew Stubbs hits a double during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco is congratulated by Hector Sanchez (29) after Blanco hit a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco is congratulated by Hector Sanchez (29) after Blanco hit a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (4) strikes out against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Catcher Hector Sanchez watches. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (4) strikes out against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Catcher Hector Sanchez watches. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a home run during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a home run during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto walks back to the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto walks back to the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips stands in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips stands in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, right, stands in the dugout with general manager Walt Jocketty  prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, right, stands in the dugout with general manager Walt Jocketty prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker sits in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker sits in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips walks back to the dugout after making an out in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips walks back to the dugout after making an out in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, left, talks with second baseman Marco Scutaro in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, left, talks with second baseman Marco Scutaro in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake leaves the dugout after being taken out after the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with Leake a few hours before Game 4. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake leaves the dugout after being taken out after the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with Leake a few hours before Game 4. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake leaves the dugout after being taken out after the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with Leake a few hours before Game 4. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake leaves the dugout after being taken out after the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with Leake a few hours before Game 4. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum blows on his hands in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Lincecum was the winning pitcher in the game won by the Giants 8-3. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants players celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher, left, talks with general manager Walt Jocketty during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce, left, talks with Joey Votto during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier fields a ground ball during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips waves to the fans during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier adjusts his cap during batting practice prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped their injured ace from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with right-hander Mike Leake a few hours before Game 4 (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake  throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey, right, jokes with Reds owner Bob Castellini after Bailey was honored for throwing a no-hitter prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, left, is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after Pagan hit a home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Darren Baker, 13, son of Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker eats sunflower seeds in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants,  Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is safe at second with a double as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is late with the tag during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is safe at second with a double as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was late with the tag during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Umpire Chad Fairchild signals safe. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake stands on the mound in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Joaquin Arias scores in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) scores in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen, left, and Ryan Hanigan watch from the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' relief pitcher Sam LeCure (63) walks back to the mound after the San Francisco Giants scored in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after Pagan hit a home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito, left, stands on the mound after walking Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier with the bases loaded in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Jose Arredondo throws against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Sam LeCure (63) throws against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Drew Stubbs hits a double during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco is congratulated by Hector Sanchez (29) after Blanco hit a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (4) strikes out against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. Catcher Hector Sanchez watches. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick hits a home run during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto walks back to the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips stands in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, right, stands in the dugout with general manager Walt Jocketty  prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker sits in the dugout prior to Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips walks back to the dugout after making an out in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, left, talks with second baseman Marco Scutaro in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake reaches down on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, rear, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips sits in the dugout during Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake leaves the dugout after being taken out after the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with Leake a few hours before Game 4. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake leaves the dugout after being taken out after the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster Wednesday, replacing him with Leake a few hours before Game 4. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
  • San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI — Angel Pagan connects on the second pitch of the game. A Giants team that finished last in homers goes on to hit three. Tim Lincecum pitches like a two-time Cy Young winner — this time, out of the bullpen.

So many unusual things moved San Francisco to the verge of an unprecedented comeback.

Pagan hit the first leadoff homer in Giants postseason history, and Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later for an 8-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday that evened their NL division series at 2-all.

No team has recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three on the road, according to STATS LLC. This one can do it with a victory on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

“Thanks to the win today, there will be a tomorrow,” Pagan said. “And we are ready for that.”

Matt Cain, who lost the series opener and has yet to beat the Reds in three tries this season, will start Game 5 against Mat Latos.

Facing elimination, the Giants’ slumping hitters came out swinging and extended Cincinnati’s playoff misery. The Reds haven’t won a postseason game at home in 17 years.

One thing in the Reds’ favor — they haven’t dropped three straight at home all season.

“I’d like to think that we still have the advantage,” Reds outfielder Jay Bruce said. “We’re at home. I expect Mat to come up with a big game. I’m looking forward to it.”

So are the Giants, who were down after losing the first two games at home while getting outscored 14-2. They were barely able to get a hit, let alone a win.

The pressure pulled them closer. Hunter Pence gathered them for inspirational speeches before the two games in Cincinnati, challenging them to play like champions.

“We feel good,” NL batting champion Buster Posey said. “When you’re down 0-2 you see what you’re made of. We’re not done.”

It wasn’t all about the offense. San Francisco’s overlooked Cy Young winner played a starring role, too.

Lincecum was relegated to the bullpen for the playoff series because of his dreary season — 15 losses, 17 wild pitches. He entered in the fourth inning, pitched out of a threat that kept the Giants up 3-2, and kept going. The right-hander struck out six while allowing just one run in 4 1-3 innings.

“I knew he would play a huge role in this,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “And I know of other situations where starters have been in the ‘pen and really done a great job to help their team win. We knew Timmy would play a critical role in the series like he did tonight.”

The Reds were hoping to start ace Johnny Cueto, but had to drop him off the roster a few hours before Wednesday’s first pitch because he was still bothered by a strained muscle in his right side. He won’t be available if Cincinnati wins Game 5 and reaches the NL championship series.

The way the Giants have started hitting, that’s now in doubt.

San Francisco managed only four runs in the first three games of the series. The Giants avoided the sweep by pulling out a 2-1 win in 10 innings on Tuesday night with the help of a passed ball and an error by third baseman Scott Rolen.

They broke out against Mike Leake, who replaced Cueto and had a rough time. Leake threw his first career complete game in San Francisco on June 29 and was 3-0 career against the Giants.

Pagan homered to start it off for the Giants. Blanco hit a two-run shot in the second. The Giants had another breakthrough in the fifth, when back-to-back doubles by Joaquin Arias and Pagan ended an 0-for-14 slump with runners in scoring position during the series.

Sandoval’s two-run shot in the seventh made it 8-3, matched the Giants’ season high for homers and drew loud boos from the crowd of 44,375 — the third-largest at Great American Ball Park. Fans quietly settled into their seats and used their white rally towels as lap warmers against the evening chill.

The Giants normally don’t hit many homers — only 103 during the season, fewest in the majors. They’re only the seventh team since 1900 to reach the playoffs after finishing last in the majors in homers.

While the offense went to work, Lincecum bailed out the bullpen.

Bochy didn’t hesitate to put the guys he wanted on the mound, using four pitchers in the first four innings. Lincecum settled things down, giving up only two hits in his second relief appearance of the series.

He threw 42 strikes out of 55 pitches and even batted twice — just like a starter.

“The last two games, it’s been about scratching and leaving it on the field,” Lincecum said.

Bochy decided to go with left-hander Barry Zito over Lincecum for Game 4 because he was better down the stretch. Zito was left off the postseason roster when San Francisco won the World Series in 2010, but finished the regular season with seven straight wins.

The left-hander lasted only 2 2-3 innings, his shortest career outing in the postseason. On came Lincecum to save the day.

The Reds finished with the second-best record in the majors at 97-65, one game behind Washington. The rotation was the foundation of their championship season, with all five starters making it through healthy — a franchise first.

Things changed dramatically when Cueto had to leave the first inning of the playoff series opener on Saturday with the injury. The Reds made it through that game with Latos filling in for a 5-2 victory, but couldn’t win without him on Wednesday.

NOTES: The Reds honored RHP Homer Bailey on the field before the game for his no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28, presenting him and C Ryan Hanigan with framed photo montages. ... It was Zito’s shortest outing since he lasted 2 1-3 innings on Aug. 29 at Houston. The Giants won it 6-4. ... San Francisco has won each of Zito’s last 12 starts. ... Leake lasted 4 1-3 innings, giving up six hits and five runs. ... The Giants hit three homers in a game eight times during the regular season.

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