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Giants looking to change luck in Cincinnati

ST. LOUIS -- Fortunately for the Giants, they won the most important games that they've played recently at Cincinnati: The final three games of the 2012 Division Series, each of which they captured to overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Otherwise, the Giants' visits to Cincinnati, the next stop on their current trip, have bordered on being disastrous since 2010.

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San Francisco has lost 10 of its last 11 regular season games at Great American Ball Park. They dropped the final two games of a four-game series there in 2010, were swept in three-game series in 2011 and 2013 and lost two out of three in 2012.

And it's not as if turning around a few close decisions would have made a big difference. During this stretch, the Giants have lost three times by one run, once by two runs, twice by three runs -- and four times by five runs or more.

"It's more of an aspect of them having a very good team, not that it's a certain ballpark," said Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who's scheduled to start Wednesday. "They just match up well with us."

It's worth remembering that even in their must-win 2-1 decision in Game 3 of the 2012 Division Series, the Giants scored their first run without benefit of a hit and needed a passed ball and a fielding error to tally their winning run in the 10th inning. "It could have easily gone in a different direction," Vogelsong admitted.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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