Reds Defeat Giants 5-2 in MLB Playoffs, Tigers Top Athletics 3-1

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce hit home runs to give the visiting Cincinnati Reds a 5-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants in the opening game of their best-of-five National League Division Series.

Phillips, who had three hits, had a two-run homer in the third inning and a run-scoring single as the Reds scored two runs in the ninth. Bruce led off the fourth with his homer.

Buster Posey led off the sixth inning with a home run for the Giants, who added a run in the ninth on a wild pitch. Game 2 of the Major League Baseball series is set for tonight in San Francisco.

Cincinnati starting pitcher Johnny Cueto got just one batter out before leaving the game with back spasms. Cueto, 26, led the Reds with 19 victories this season.

Reds manager Dusty Baker, who led the Giants from 1993-2002, got a 30-second standing ovation from San Francisco fans when he was introduced before the game. Baker, 63, missed 11 games in late August because of an irregular heartbeat and a mild stroke.

In the American League, the Detroit Tigers won the opening game of their division series with a 3-1 defeat of the visiting Oakland Athletics.

The other two division series begin today, with the New York Yankees playing the Baltimore Orioles in the AL and the Washington Nationals facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL.

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