SAN FRANCISCO — Bronson Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants, 9-0, on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 division series lead.
A pair of Ryans provided the big hits. Ryan Ludwick homered leading off the second inning for his first career playoff clout and Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth and a late RBI single. Jay Bruce added a two-run double and Joey Votto had three hits.
Former San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker came into his old stomping grounds and left with two commanding victories 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a World Series title.
Ludwick homered and singled off Madison Bumgarner to help give the Reds a 4-0 lead after six innings. Ryan Hanigan added a two-run single and Scott Rolen drove in a run for the Reds, who won, 5-2, the previous night in the opener of the best-of-five matchup.
Brandon Belt singled with two outs in the fifth to end Arroyo’s perfect start.
Ludwick entered the game with one hit in 16 career at-bats against Bumgarner, but he sent the first pitch he saw in the second inning over the center-field fence.
Bumgarner, who lasted 4⅓ innings, retired Jay Bruce on an infield grounder but Rolen walked and Hanigan got ahead in the count 2-0.
Following a visit from Giants pitching Dave Righetti, Bumgarner came back to strike out Hanigan and retire Drew Stubbs on a soft liner.
Bumgarner pitched a perfect third. He had four strikeouts and one walk through the early innings.
Joey Votto and Ludwick opened the fourth with singles. After Jay Bruce fouled out to Pablo Sandoval, Rolen delivered a solid single into right field. Hanigan followed with his two-run hit.
With one out in the fifth, Zack Cozart and Votto singled, ending Bumgarner’s night. George Kontos came on and got Ludwick to hit into a double play.
Bumgarner allowed four runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out four. Tim Lincecum came on to start the sixth for the Giants, bringing the sold out crowd of 43,505 to their feet and injecting some energy into what had been a quiet ballpark.
Lincecum got the crowd going with a perfect inning, culminating with a strikeout of Hanigan. Arroyo was not to be denied though. He came back with a perfect sixth.
Bumgarner was 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four appearances, including three starts, during the. Giants’ run to the 2010 World Series championship.
Arroyo made his 12th career postseason appearance, his fourth start. He’s 0-4 with a 4.11 ERA in six appearances, five starts, at AT&T Park.