Votto goes deep in 9-6 loss to Giants

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) celebrates hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto.

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds roughed up Johnny Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but the San Francisco Giants rallied against Cincinnati’s historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford’s three-run homer to a 9-6 victory Monday night.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game. It was Cueto’s worst showing since he gave up eight runs during Kansas City’s 11-8 loss at Toronto in the AL Championship Series last season.

The Reds’ bullpen tied history while letting a 6-3 lead slip away.

Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco singled in runs off J.C. Ramirez (0-2) in the seventh. Crawford connected off Drew Hayes for his third homer and an 8-6 lead.