SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy got 71/3 combined innings out of his two starters Tuesday, but the Giants still managed a split of a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds.
Spot starter Eric Surkamp couldn't make it out of the third inning of a 9-3 loss in the afternoon game at AT&T Park. In the night game, Barry Zito was pulled in the fifth inning, but the Giants scored early and held on for a 5-3 victory. With the win, Bochy became the 21st manager in baseball history to reach 1,500 victories.
"I'll be honest, I don't know what that number means except the fact I'm fortunate I've been doing this as long as I have," Bochy said. "I know how lucky I am. I'm very, very thankful to reach this number."
Bochy joined Reds skipper Dusty Baker and Detroit's Jim Leyland among active managers with 1,500 wins.
Surkamp, 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery, was added to the roster Tuesday. His first big league inning since 2011 was a clean one, but the next two were rough. The trouble started when Jay Bruce hit a ball to the 421-foot sign in right-center field for a ground-rule double in the second inning. Todd Frazier then hit a shallow flare to right that glanced off second baseman Marco Scutaro's glove, and Zack Cozart followed with an RBI single. Surkamp hung a slider to Devin Mesoraco, resulting in a three-run homer that put the Reds up 4-1.
"He hit it pretty good," Surkamp said. "I was just leaving balls over the middle of the plate. It's just leaving pitches up over the middle, and they were hitting them."
Joey Votto opened the third with an opposite-field homer, and the Reds continued to pile on. Surkamp hit Bruce with a pitch and gave up four straight singles. An RBI single by opposing pitcher Tony Cingrani was the final straw, ending Surkamp's day after 22/3 innings. In the seventh big league start of his career, Surkamp was charged with seven earned runs on nine hits. Afterward, he said he still is working on finding consistent mechanics as he recovers from elbow surgery.
"I feel like I'm close," he said. "Your arm just doesn't have that whip back that you're used to. I'm herky-jerky and not as fluid."
Surkamp had his parents and sister in the stands for the start and said it was a thrill just to be back on a big league mound.
"It was awesome," he said. "I was surprised I really wasn't that nervous. The last year has been a long year for me. Tonight, just being up here, I was really excited. Unfortunately it didn't turn out better."
The Giants knew Surkamp's start could be a short one and made a roster move to provide a backup. Triple-A starter Yusmeiro Petit was added to the bullpen and George Kontos, who threw 63 pitches on Monday night, was sent back to Fresno. The move proved to be a smart one; Petit threw 81 pitches in 51/3 innings to save the bullpen.
The Giants never seriously threatened to get back in the game, scattering eight hits while falling to 0-5 against the Reds this season.
The Giants and Reds took the field again 30 minutes later, with the Giants wearing their road uniforms and batting first because the teams were making up a game that was rained out in Cincinnati on July 4.
The Giants struck for three runs in the top of the first, two coming on Pablo Sandoval's double. Sandoval scored on Hunter Pence's single. The Giants added a run in the top of the second, but the Reds immediately got two back. Backup catcher Corky Miller hit a two-run double with one out in the second, picking up his first two-bagger since 2010.
The teams exchanged runs in the fifth, with both sides missing opportunities to add on.
Zito and Greg Reynolds, a Bay Area native, struggled through their short outings with neither pitcher getting into the sixth. Zito was charged with three earned runs in 42/3 innings and extended his winless streak to nine starts.
The Giants bullpen, rested thanks to Kontos and Petit, took over from there. Four relievers got the ball to Sergio Romo with two outs and two on in the eighth, and Romo struck out Brandon Phillips to end the threat. Romo gave up a leadoff single to Bruce in the ninth but struck out Frazier, Chris Heisey and Mesoraco to get his first career four-strikeout save.
"It's good to get a split," Zito said. "Tomorrow we want to go and split the series and still make it a positive homestand."
Cincinnati (Mike Leake 9-4) at Giants (Chad Gaudin 4-1), 7:15 p.m. CSNBA