Cincinnati Reds' Graham Ashcraft throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Graham Ashcraft throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


San Francisco Giants' Carlos Rodon throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


San Francisco Giants' Joc Pederson hits a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


San Francisco Giants (24-20, third in the NL West) vs. Cincinnati Reds (15-30, fifth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Saturday, 4:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Alex Wood (0-0); Reds: TBD

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Reds -164, Giants +949; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cincinnati Reds will try to keep a three-game home win streak going when they play the San Francisco Giants.

Cincinnati has an 8-11 record in home games and a 15-30 record overall. The Reds have a 12-2 record in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

San Francisco is 24-20 overall and 11-9 in road games. Giants hitters have a collective .404 slugging percentage to rank sixth in MLB.

The matchup Saturday is the second time these teams square off this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Drury has 10 doubles and eight home runs for the Reds. Joey Votto is 6-for-22 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

Thairo Estrada has 11 doubles and two home runs for the Giants. Joc Pederson is 8-for-25 with a double and four home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 6-4, .264 batting average, 4.04 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

Giants: 4-6, .261 batting average, 6.88 ERA, outscored by 16 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Justin Wilson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Donovan Solano: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Lucas Sims: 15-Day IL (lower back), Jonathan India: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Fraley: 10-Day IL (knee), Nick Lodolo: 10-Day IL (back), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Garcia: 10-Day IL (hand), Mike Minor: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Max Schrock: 60-Day IL (calf), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

Giants: Austin Slater: 10-Day IL (wrist), Brandon Belt: 10-Day IL (knee), Curt Casali: 7-Day IL (concussion), LaMonte Wade Jr: 10-Day IL (left knee), Anthony DeSclafani: 60-Day IL (ankle), Steven Duggar: 60-Day IL (oblique), Matthew Boyd: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft earned his first victory with six strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat San Francisco 5-1 Friday night following a political protest by Giants manager Gabe Kapler and a scuffle over fantasy football between Tommy Pham and Joc Pederson.

It was an eventful day for the Giants.

Kapler refused to take the field for the national anthem, a demonstration of his frustration with the country’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.

Meanwhile, the Reds’ Pham slapped Pederson on the field before the game, alleging the Giants outfielder cheated in their fantasy football league. Major League Baseball is investigating, and Pham was scratched after a pregame rain delay of 2 hours, 8 minutes pending the results of that inquiry.

“This is a turn the page situation, first game of a long road trip, this isn’t something that gets us down for a minute,” Kapler said. “We understand we didn’t play our best baseball. We’ll shower it off and be ready to compete.”

Kapler endured an embarassing moment in the eighth, when he brought in left-hander Jake McGee from the bullpen, then had to replace him because McGee wasn’t on San Francisco’s lineup card. McGee was reinstated from the IL before the game but had to exit after beginning his warmup tosses on the mound. Left-hander Jose Alvarez then entered the game for San Francisco.

“Our entire staff is incredibly detailed and pays very close attention,” Kapler said. “There was a lot going on today and we (messed) it up.”

Ashcraft (1-0) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his second big league start. He threw first-pitch strikes to his first 12 batters, limiting San Francisco to four hits and two walks while striking out two.

“Graham is tough to hit,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Getting ahead with movement. It makes for a tough at-bat. He had one or two strikeouts, but mostly ground balls. That shows the kind of stuff he has.”

Matt Reynolds had an RBI double in the third and later scored on a check-swing single by Tyler Stephenson. Brandon Drury added a solo homer in the fifth, his eighth of the season.

Carlos Rodon (4-4) allowed three runs on seven hits. The Giants scored two combined runs over his last two starts, both defeats. He said the timing of the rain didn’t help.

“I don’t think I found out (about the delay) until about 6:12 and the game was at 6:40, I was ready to go,” Rondon said. “It’s just part of the gig. I just had to stay focused. It didn’t show on the mound, obviously.”

Art Warren got five outs for his third save.

Albert Almora Jr. added an RBI double in the ninth for Cincinnati. Later in the inning, a bases-loaded catcher’s interference call on Joey Bart allowed Nick Senzel to reach, forcing in the Reds’ fifth run.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto was given a day off after seven straight starts since an 18-day layoff with COVID-19. Mike Moustakas started at first base.

“It is awesome to get that first W,” Ashcraft said. “It is something I’ve been working on for a long time. I’m extremely pleased. Strikeouts are great and every thing but a lot of ground balls can keep you in the game longer.”

TRAINERS ROOM

Giants: C Curt Casali is expected to come off the 7-day concussion list Saturday. … 1B Brandon Belt (right knee inflammation) is eligible to come off the 10-day IL on Sunday but will need a few more days.

Reds: LHP Mike Minor threw six innings in a minor league rehab start and remains on track to rejoin the rotation next week. He’s been on the IL all season with a left shoulder strain.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Graham Ashcraft throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128946390-e4dbe3e37e2a4126a94d7f2eb2008653.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Graham Ashcraft throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

San Francisco Giants’ Carlos Rodon throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128946390-801bff7f24da443f9eba2fad658451cf.jpgSan Francisco Giants’ Carlos Rodon throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson hits a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128946390-5e97cdabcb5841a48b4534100bdc7125.jpgSan Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson hits a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

San Francisco Giants (24-20, third in the NL West) vs. Cincinnati Reds (15-30, fifth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Saturday, 4:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Alex Wood (0-0); Reds: TBD

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Reds -164, Giants +949; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cincinnati Reds will try to keep a three-game home win streak going when they play the San Francisco Giants.

Cincinnati has an 8-11 record in home games and a 15-30 record overall. The Reds have a 12-2 record in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

San Francisco is 24-20 overall and 11-9 in road games. Giants hitters have a collective .404 slugging percentage to rank sixth in MLB.

The matchup Saturday is the second time these teams square off this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Drury has 10 doubles and eight home runs for the Reds. Joey Votto is 6-for-22 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

Thairo Estrada has 11 doubles and two home runs for the Giants. Joc Pederson is 8-for-25 with a double and four home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 6-4, .264 batting average, 4.04 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

Giants: 4-6, .261 batting average, 6.88 ERA, outscored by 16 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Justin Wilson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Donovan Solano: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Lucas Sims: 15-Day IL (lower back), Jonathan India: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Fraley: 10-Day IL (knee), Nick Lodolo: 10-Day IL (back), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Garcia: 10-Day IL (hand), Mike Minor: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Max Schrock: 60-Day IL (calf), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

Giants: Austin Slater: 10-Day IL (wrist), Brandon Belt: 10-Day IL (knee), Curt Casali: 7-Day IL (concussion), LaMonte Wade Jr: 10-Day IL (left knee), Anthony DeSclafani: 60-Day IL (ankle), Steven Duggar: 60-Day IL (oblique), Matthew Boyd: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.