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Thursday, April 26th (All times Eastern)

San Francisco Giants (9-9) at Cincinnati Reds (9-9), 12:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 3.38) Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.86)

(Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval aims to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 19 games this afternoon, as the San Francisco Giants try to salvage the finale of their three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Sandoval singled in the third inning on Wednesday, but Scott Rolen's homer leading off the seventh inning sparked a four-run rally that carried Cincinnati to a 4-2 win.

Rolen's first homer of the season knocked Giants starter Barry Zito out of the game and the Reds took the lead against Clay Hensley and Jeremy Affeldt.

"We had a good inning yesterday and a good inning today," said Rolen. "But we have to be more consistent over the full nine innings."

The victory also marked the Reds' seventh straight win over San Francisco at home since a 3-0 loss June 8, 2010. Cincinnati's run is the longest active home winning streak over an opponent.

Overshadowed in the loss for San Francisco was another good outing from Zito, who has allowed two runs or less in each of his four starts this season.

"You hate to see a great effort like that and not come away with the win," said San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy about Zito. "He's doing his job and I'm proud of him. He's been pitching great for us."

Hensley (1-2) took the loss, while Jose Arredondo (2-0) got the victory with a perfect seventh.

Sandoval, meanwhile, has hit safely in all 18 of the Giants games. It is the longest stretch to start a season in the majors since Alex Rodriguez's 18- gamer for the Yankees in 2007 and it is also tied for the longest Giants hitting streak to begin a year, matching Johnny Rucker's streak in 1945.

Today, Homer Bailey will try to slow him down, as he attempts to win his second straight start. After two losses to start the season Bailey beat the Chicago Cubs on Friday, holding them to an earned run in seven innings, upping his mark to 1-2, while lowering his ERA to 3.86.

Bailey has faced the Giants four times and is 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA.

San Francisco, meanwhile will counter with left-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Vogelsong did not get a decision on Saturday against the Mets, as he allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He also struck out eight and has fanned 15 batters in 13 1/3 innings this season.

Vogelsong is 2-3 lifetime versus the Reds with a 5.40 ERA in 13 games (six starts).

Cincinnati won five of its seven meetings with the Giants a year ago.

04/26 10:29:23 ET