Giants make it three in a row; Belt takes Reds deep in 6-3 win

May 14, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants right fielder Justin Ruggiano (39) at bat during a MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

After being swept by the Cincinnati Reds just seven days ago, many thought that the San Francisco Giants were destined for a long season.

Just one week later, the Giants have escaped the National League West cellar and it came at the expense of the Reds.

Brandon Belt hit his third home run in his past four games, as the Giants defeated the Reds 9-3 at AT&T Park. With the victory, the Giants ended up winning the weekend series three games to one.

During the three-game sweep at Great American Ballpark, the Reds outscored the Giants 31-5, but their four-game set in San Francisco, the Giants switched up roles and outscored the Reds 16-9.

This is the first time this season that the Giants have three games in a row, and remain nine games behind the Colorado Rockies for the National League West lead.

Asides from Belt, the Giants and Jeff Samardzija received hitting help both Eduardo Nunez and Joe Panik, who each picked up two hits and Buster Posey drove in two runs, just two games after his dramatic 17th inning walk-off home run, his first walk-off home run of his career.

Samardzija won for the first time this season, and put a stop to his career-long six-game losing streak that began at the end of the 2016 season. In 6.2 innings of work, Samardzija gave up three runs, not walking a batter and striking out eight.

On the other side of things, the Reds were forced to go to their bullpen due to an injury to starter Tim Adelman after just the first inning.

Adelman allowed four runs before leaving the game due to a neck strain.

Panik got the ball rolling in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a RBI double, Posey drove in a run with a single and then Nunez got into the act, as he drove in the final two runs with a big single.

Things got no better for the Reds in the second inning, as Adelman’s replacement, Barrett Astin allowed three runs and the Giants took a 7-0 lead at the end of the second inning.

Scooter Gennett broke up Samardzija’s shutout in the top of the fifth inning, as he hit a two-run single. Samardzija gave up his third run in the top of the seventh inning, as Tucker Barnhart hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to Jose Peraza from third base after Peraza tripled.

NOTES: Matt Cain looks to extend the Giants winning streak to four games, as he takes the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Dave Roberts will send former Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

Hunter Pence was held out of the lineup for the third consecutive game after an MRI revealed tightness in his left hamstring.

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