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Giants vs. Reds score update: Decisive Game 5 being played in Cincinnati

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Bottom 1st: Werth, Harper fly out; Zimmerman strikes out. Scoreless after one.

With a spot in the National League Championship Series on the line, the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds are playing Game 5 of their NLDS at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

The winner of Thursday's game will face either the Washington Nationals or St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

The Giants currently lead the Reds 6-3.


Top 9th: The last chance has arrived for Cincinnati. The Giants strand a runner and now have a chance to advance to the NLCS.

Bottom 8th: Stranded again. Sergio Romo comes in to get Dioner Navarro to line out and end the Cincinnati threat. The Reds have brought the tying run to the plate in three straight innings and have not been able to convert.

Bottom 8th: The Reds are rallying again! With two outs, Cincinnati has runners at 1st and 2nd.

Top 8th: The Giants threatened to extend their lead with Hunter Pence on third, but Jonathan Broxton was able to set down Gregor Blanco to end the threat.

Bottom 7th: It certainly wasn't easy, but Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt was able to retire the Reds without giving up a run, despite Cincinnati having men on first and second with two outs.

Top 7th: The Giants go down 1-2-3 and head into the 7th inning stretch still up by 3, and it's getting to crunch time for Cincinnati, who at one point led this series 2-0 after two wins in San Francisco.

Bottom 6th: What could have been a very bad inning for the Giants ended with just that one run from Hanigan. After Cain was taken out, Drew Stubbs grounded out to end the inning with Cincinnati still down three.

Bottom 6th: With the Reds threatening and Hanigan battling Cain, the Giants starter strikes him out, then complete a double play by gunning down Jay Bruce as he tried to swipe third. That was the last batter Cain will face today.

Bottom 6th: The Giants' bats may have calmed down, but Cincinnati continues to chip away at the lead. Ryan Ludwick opens the inning with a solo homer to cut the Giants lead to 6-3.

Top 6th: Sean Marshall came as the third Reds pitcher of the afternoon and quickly settled the Giants in order, getting Blanco to ground out and striking out Crawford and Cain to get out of the inning unscathed.

Bottom 5th: After Phillips' RBI double, Cozart and Votto are both retired by Cain to end the inning. Cincinnati makes a dent in the Giants lead, but there's still a long way to go.

Bottom 5th: Now we can't stop the offense! The Reds get on the board for the first time when Brandon Phillips drops a double into the right field gap to drive in Hanigan and Stubbs to cut the San Francisco lead to 6-2.

Top 5th: Sam LeCure came in to spell Latos after his implosion and quickly sat down Pence and Belt, but not before the Giants were able to busted Game 5 completely open and take a six-run lead.

Top 5th: This one has been busted wide open! Buster Posey hits a grand slam into the left field bleachers to extend the Giants lead to 6-0.

Top 5th: The Giants extend their lead on a fluke play and error by Cozart. Angel Pagan bounced a high one to the shortstop, but on his exchange, he bobbled the ball and allowed Pagan to reach safely and Crawford to score.

Top 5th: The scoring has finally started! With Blanco on first on a lead-off single, Crawford slaps a triple down the right field line to score him.

Bottom 4th: The pitchers duel continues. The first two hitters go down easily, and after a loud single by Bruce, Scott Rolen grounds into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

Top 4th: Sandoval and Posey go down easisly, but Latos is forced into a battle with Brandon Belt after Pence reaches on an infield single. However, after an extended plate appearance, Belt strikes out swinging.

Bottom 3rd: This is quickly becoming a pitchers duel. Three pop outs by Latos, Philips and Cozart by Cain set the Reds downin order.

Top 3rd: Another easy inning for Latos. Cain goes down swinging, then Pagan and Scutaro go down easily to keep the game scoreless.

Bottom 2nd: Scott Rolen leads the inning by reaching on a Sandoval error, but his momentum is stifled quickly when Ryan Hanigan hits in to a double play. Cain then freezes Drew Stubbs for a strikeout.

Top 2nd: An easy inning for Latos - he gets Brandon Belt to strike out swinging, then knocks down Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford on pop outs to left field.

Bottom 1st: The Reds replicate the Giants effort by putting Zach Cozart and Joey Votto on base early against Giants ace Matt Cain, but he gets both Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce to strike out and get out of the inning without any damage.

Top 1st: The Giants get to Reds starter Mat Latos early, putting Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval on base with back-to-back singles, but Latos lays down both Buster Posey and Hunter Pence to retire the side without any damage.

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