CINCINNATI (AP) – Noah Lowry pitched a season-high 8 1-3 innings, drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Lowry left the game for an undisclosed reason after striking out Ken Griffey, Jr., to start the ninth.

Scott Eyre relieved and struck out Adam Dunn then gave way to LaTroy Hawkins, who got the final out for his sixth save, second with the Giants.

The Giants improved to 5-4 on their season-long 13-game road trip with their fourth win in six games. A victory on Thursday would give them their first sweep of a four-game series in Cincinnati since May 1983.

The Reds, who have won 10 of their last 11 road games, dropped their fifth consecutive home game and have lost seven of their last nine in Cincinnati.

Lowry (9-11) earned his third win in his last three starts after going 1-4 in his previous five. The left-hander limited the National League’s highest-scoring team to seven hits and two runs, striking out seven. He walked one and matched Jason Schmidt for the team lead in wins.

He also played a key role in San Francisco’s three-run fifth that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead.

The Giants broke up Luke Hudson’s shutout on Ray Durham’s leadoff walk, Todd Linden’s double to right-center and Jason Ellison’s sacrifice fly.

One out later, Lowry lined a single to left to drive in Linden from second with the game-tying run. The RBI was Lowry’s sixth of the season. He moved to third on Randy Winn’s double, and after Omar Vizquel was hit by a pitch to load the bases, J.T. Snow walked to drive in Lowry and knock out Hudson. Todd Coffey came in to get Pedro Feliz to ground into an inning-ending forceout.

Hudson (4-6), who won his last three starts, went 4 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and three runs.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first when Rich Aurilia singled with one out, moved to third on Griffey’s sharp single to the base of the right-field wall and Austin Kearns’ sacrifice fly.

Hudson led off the third with the first of three consecutive singles and scored on Griffey’s bases loaded sacrifice fly to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

Notes: Lowry had thrown 14 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings going into the game. … Feliz had hits in six consecutive at-bats over two games before flying out to end the fourth. … Reds SS Felipe Lopez has six hits over the last two games after going 2-for-38. … With a day game Thursday, Giants IF Deivi Cruz got the night off Wednesday despite setting a career high with five hits on Tuesday. … Eyre’s appearance was his major league-leading 64th.

AP-ES-08-17-05 2148EDT

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