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06/09/10 1:26 AM ET

Uribe leading Giants' Central rampage

With Tuesday night's 3-0 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Giants improved to 13-3 this season against National League Central opponents -- the best mark in Major League Baseball.

A big reason for the Giants out-of-division dominance is due in part to infielder Juan Uribe, who has already collected five RBIs, including a home run, through the first two games of this four-game series. Overall, Uribe -- a career .258 hitter over 10 seasons -- is batting an amazing .344 with 15 RBIs against the NL Central this year.

"You hate to think where we'd be without him," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's really saved us with his play."

Uribe, leading the Giants with 38 RBIs, is also on pace to eclipse the 100-RBI plateau for the first time in his career. No Giant since Barry Bonds in 2004 (101) has accomplished that feat.

"He's as strong as a bull," Bochy said. "He's the guy we want up there."

Reds starting pitcher Aaron Harang -- 4-5 with a 5.43 ERA -- will be called upon to shut down the torrid Uribe, and the rest of the surprisingly surging Giants offense, hitting .295 and averaging just under five runs per game over the past 10 games. In his career vs. the Giants, Harang is 4-6 with a 3.63 ERA over 77 innings pitched.

"Tomorrow is a big game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday. "It can put us in line for a split. They're playing good ball over there, getting the hits that they need. Hopefully Harang can go deep."

On the flip side, the Giants will send All-Star hopeful Jonathan Sanchez -- 4-4 with a 2.63 ERA -- to the mound. Apart from Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez, Sanchez has the lowest opponents' batting average (.183) in the NL. The 27-year-old southpaw has allowed just three earned runs in his last 18 1/3 frames.

Giants: Sanchez's streak comes to an end
Infielder Freddy Sanchez snapped his season-high 11-game hit streak Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with two walks. ... Tuesday's 3-0 victory marks the 28th time (in 57 chances) this season the Giants have scored first. When the Giants score first, they are 23-5, good for third in the Majors.

Reds: Big bad Bruce
Outfielder Jay Bruce snapped a six-game hitting streak Tuesday, going 0-for-4. Over the six-game span, Bruce hit .348. ... Third baseman Scott Rolen has a seven-game hitting streak with a double in the second inning of Tuesday's 3-0 loss. ... Relief pitcher Enerio Del Rosario has given up at least one hit in his last six outings -- 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Worth noting
The Reds lead the Major Leagues with 11 wins in their last at-bat and 19 comeback wins. They rank second in the NL with 12 wins in one-run games.

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