By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer
SAN FRANCISCO - While you were sleeping Friday night, Danny Graves was out proving that this starting experiment might work after all.
Graves threw seven shutout innings in the Reds' 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on a waterlogged night at Pac Bell Park.
It was the first victory of the year for Graves (1-2) and easily his finest outing as a starter. The seven innings were a career high.
He allowed only six hits and two walks. He struck out five.
Graves had allowed at least four runs in each of his previous five starts.
"He was excellent," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "That's not a fluke. That's two in a row where he hit his spots. His velocity was up tonight."
Graves obviously was pleased.
"That's a confidence booster for me," Graves said. "(San Francisco's) a first-place team, probably the best team in the National League so far this year."
The game, delayed twice by rain for a total of 86 minutes, didn't end until 2:48 a.m. EDT.
Five different Reds drove in runs. Jason LaRue hit the Reds' only homer of the night. Felipe Lopez had a big night, despite going 0-for-3. He walked twice, stole two bases and scored two runs.
But it was Graves' night. The key was the return to his sinker.
"That's my pitch," Graves said. "Early this season, I was getting away from it. I was throwing breaking balls and trying to throw changeups when I didn't need to. (Pitching coach Don Gullett) and (bullpen coach Tom Hume) both told me to stay aggressive. Throw what got you here."
E-ABoone (2), Freel (1), BSantiago (2).
|Graves W, 1-2||7||6||0||0||2||5||101||6.23|
Inherited runners-scored-Brower 2-1.
|Ainsworth L, 3-2||4 1/3||4||2||2||6||5||102||4.81|
IBB-off Graves (Bonds) 1. WP-Graves.
T-2:55. A-35,486 (41,503).
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