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Reds End Losing Streak with Aid from Fairchild Inside the Parker

In a pivotal moment, pinch-hitter Stuart Fairchild blasted an inside-the-park home run to provide crucial insurance late in the game, aiding left-hander Andrew Abbott in securing his first win in nearly a month as the Cincinnati Reds halted an eight-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

In the eighth inning, Fairchild’s hit off Erik Miller found a gap between left fielder Michael Conforto and center fielder Tyler Fitzgerald, ricocheting off the wall before Fairchild’s diving slide home. Fairchild recalled, “I thought I got it off the bat to be honest with you and I was kind of half jogging and then when I saw it take that crazy hop I was full speed ahead and the only thing in my mind was, `Let’s go all the way!'” His effort marked the first inside-the-park homer at Oracle Park since Tampa Bay’s Luke Raley achieved the feat on Aug. 16 last year, and the sixth by an opponent.

Manager David Bell expressed relief at the team’s breakthrough, saying, “Of course, we knew it was going to happen but when it does happen you just miss the feeling of winning, you work so hard.” TJ Friedl’s go-ahead double in the fourth inning propelled the Reds to victory.

Elly De La Cruz showcased his speed, stealing two bases to extend his majors-leading total to 25. His aggressive baserunning tactics were on display throughout the game, as he consistently put pressure on the Giants’ defense.

Abbott (2-4) ended his winless streak by allowing two runs on six hits over five innings, supported by Thairo Estrada’s early homer for the Giants. Despite Logan Webb’s strong pitching performance for San Francisco, the Giants couldn’t muster enough offense to overcome the Reds’ resurgence.

The Reds’ long-awaited victory was a welcome relief after enduring their longest losing streak in two years. They managed to secure the win without scoring more than four runs, a testament to their resilience.

Injury updates revealed that Reds’ LHP Brandon Williamson is set to begin a rehab assignment for a strained pitching shoulder, while RHP Ian Gibaut underwent surgery on his right arm.

Looking ahead, LHP Nick Lodolo will take the mound for the Reds on Saturday against the Giants’ RHP Mason Black.

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