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Giants Beat Reds 8-3, Playoff Series Even At 2-All

Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits a sacrifice fly to score Angel Pagan #16 in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds in Game Four of the National League Division Series at the Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits a sacrifice fly to score Angel Pagan #16 in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds in Game Four of the National League Division Series at the Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI (AP) – Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and Tim Lincecum came out of the bullpen to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL division series at 2-all.

The Giants can complete an unprecedented comeback on Thursday. No team has recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three on the road.

Matt Cain, who lost the series opener and has yet to beat Cincinnati in three starts this season, will start Game 5 against Mat Latos.

The Reds haven’t won a home playoff game in 17 years. One thing in Cincinnati’s favor – it hasn’t dropped three straight at home all season.

Lincecum relieved in the fourth inning with the Giants ahead 3-2. The two-time NL Cy Young winner struck out six in 4 1-3 innings, allowing one run.

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