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Jake Peavy's season might be making the San Francisco Giants wish they'd held onto Tim Lincecum. Particularly his road starts.

While Lincecum shops for a new team, Peavy tries to get his season on track Wednesday on the road against the Cincinnati Reds - a team he's dominated for his entire career.

Peavy (1-2, 8.61 ERA) and Lincecum pitched together the last two seasons, but the latter is still looking for a team and will spend Wednesday preparing for a showcase Friday for those interested. It's thought 20 or more teams could attend.

Peavy's road starts have been awful with 12 runs and 15 hits allowed in six innings. The right-hander gave up six and four hits with five walks in two innings of Friday's 13-1 road loss to the New York Mets.

"It's not a good feeling, just because you know the hole you put the team in," he told MLB's official website, later adding: "But, he added, "It wasn't like I was spraying it everywhere. I felt better than the five walks. ... I was trying to figure out where (plate umpire) Gabe (Morales) wanted it."

Peavy has had no such trouble against the Reds, going 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 12 career starts. Jay Bruce is 2 for 11 with five strikeouts against him, while Brandon Phillips is 5 for 24 with six strikeouts.

He's up against Dan Straily, who took his third turn in the rotation in Friday's 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh. Straily (0-1, 3.38) gave up two runs and five hits with a home run and three walks. He's posted a 3.45 ERA as a starter with a .212 opponent batting average.

"I feel good," Straily said. "I'm a little frustrated with tonight because some days you got to go out there and you just have to win the ballgame, 1-0. So from that standpoint, I'm frustrated with myself for giving up those two runs because it turned out to be that was the best chance we had to win, is throwing a shutout."

The right-hander has faced San Francisco once, earning the decision in a 4-1 win while with Oakland in 2013 after giving up a run and four hits in six innings. The Giants' roster is 1 for 17 against him, but they didn't need much offense Tuesday.

The Giants (15-13) have won the first two games of the three-game series, and Tuesday's 3-1 win was the second time they've held an opponent to one run on a three-game winning streak.

Buster Posey had three doubles and is 9 for 17 in his last five games, and he's also hit safely in nine straight games at Great American Ball Park with a .325 average.

Dating to the start of last season, San Francisco has won seven of nine in the series and five straight in Cincinnati.

In addition to facing a sweep, Cincinnati (10-17) has lost eight of nine while batting .199. Bruce is 3 for 23 in his last seven games, while Eugenio Suarez is 3 for 27 in the same span.

Giants second baseman Joe Panik was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a sore groin, while outfielder Angel Pagan is still sidelined by a mildly strained left hamstring.