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CINCINNATI (AP) - Jeff Samardzija went eight innings to win his third straight start - a career first - and the San Francisco Giants rallied for two runs in the eighth inning against the Reds' historically bad bullpen for a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
Cincinnati's bullpen gave up at least one run for the 21st consecutive game, surpassing the 2013 Colorado Rockies for the major league record, according to information provided by the Reds from the Elias Sports Bureau.
With the game tied 1-1, Kelby Tomlinson drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single off Caleb Cotham (0-1). Gregor Blanco followed with another run-scoring single, putting the Giants in position for their fifth straight win at Great American Ball Park.
Samardzija (4-1) had been 0-5 in his last nine starts against the Reds, but limited them to three hits - including Adam Duvall's homer - to end the slump.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds bullpen has set a major league record by giving up a run for the 21st consecutive game.
Kelby Tomlinson's RBI infield single off Caleb Cotham put the Giants up 2-1 in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the 21st straight game in which the Reds' bullpen allowed at least one run. The Reds had been tied with the 2013 Colorado Rockies for the major league record since 1900.
The Reds' bullpen is by far the worst in the majors. It came into the game with a 6.54 ERA, allowing 69 runs in 95 innings with 54 walks - all the most in the majors. Reds relievers have allowed 22 homers in 27 games, also the most in the majors.
NEW YORK (AP) - National champion Villanova will visit Purdue on Nov. 14 in the opening game of the second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games.
The event will have eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, the conferences announced Tuesday. The series is named for Big East founder Dave Gavitt.
There is one rematch from last year, as Maryland plays at Georgetown. Also on Nov. 15, Wisconsin is at Creighton. Northwestern is at Butler in the lone game on Nov. 16.
On Nov. 17, Seton Hall is at Iowa, Providence visits Ohio State and Rutgers is at DePaul.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games conclude with St. John's at Minnesota on Nov. 18.
Game times and television assignments will be announced at a later date.