BY RICK PORCARO
Hunter Greene shut down the Giants into the sixth and Christian Encarnacion-Strand homered and drove in three runs with four hits as the Cincinnati Reds salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Giants by a 4-1 score at Oracle Park Wednesday afternoon.
Logan Webb (9-11, 3.49) pitched six solid innings for San Francisco, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six, but Greene outpitched him.
The one time second overall pick in the 2017 draft pitched 5 1/3 innings, only allowing one run on three hits while striking out six. Four Reds relievers held the Giants scoreless the rest of the way with Alexis Diaz tying Camilo Duval and Emmanuel Clase for the Major League with his 35th save. Casey Schmitt had two doubles to pace the Giants, who only managed four hits.
The loss left San Francisco in a dead heat with the Arizona for the final wild card spot in the National League, pending the Diamondbacks game in Los Angeles this evening.
The Giants departed after the game for a four game series against the Padres in San Diego. Pedro Avila (0-1, 2.63) is scheduled to take the mound for San Diego while the Giants are expected to deploy an opener.