Hundley with three hits in Giants 6-3 win over Braves

May 27, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Nick Hundley swings for an RBI single off Atlanta Braves’ Ian Krol in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 27, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Brandon Belt got robbed of a home run in the bottom of the second inning by Ender Inciarte, but it was a different story in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Belt hit a solo home run into the right-center field bleachers, as the San Francisco Giants blew open a 2-0 lead and defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 before a crowd of 41,355, the 512th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

The win by the Giants put an end to their four-game losing streak.

It was the second home run of the game for the Giants, as Nick Hundley got the Giants on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.

The home run was the start of a three-hit night for Hundley, who picked up his first home run as a Giant with his two-run home run in the bottom of the second.

After the Belt home run, the Giants added two more with the help of four consecutive hits by Hundley, Mac Wililamson, Ty Blach and Denard Span.

Not only did Blach have a huge hit that helped out his own cause in the bottom of the fourth inning, but he also pitched a great game as well. The single was Blach’s fourth of his major-league career, and the first off of a pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw.

Blach went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while walking three, striking out five and went 2-for-3 at the plate on his way to his third win of the season.

On the other side of things, Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out two and allowed those two home runs.

Things got a little interesting in the top of the eighth inning, as the Braves cut the Giants lead down to 5-2, as Rio Ruiz doubled down the right field line, then Inciarte singled and then Brandon Phillips got the Braves on the board with a single that scored Ruiz.

In what looked like a fantastic inning ending double play off of the bat of Nick Markakis, there was a challenge and Markakis beat the throw to score Inciarte.

The Giants extended the lead up to 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth, as Hundley picked up his third hit of the night to score Belt, who walked with one out, then stole second.

Derek Law, who pitched 0.2 innings gave up a one out walk to Dansby Swanson and then Danny Santana tripled to score Swanson. That would be the end of the line for Law, as Bruce Bochy brought in closer Mark Melancon, who got Jace Peterson to strikeout swinging and then Inciarte grounded out to Melancon to end the game.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto looks for his fifth win of the season, as he takes the ball in the series finale for the Giants, while knuckleballer R.A. Dickey takes the mound for the Braves.

Eduardo Nunez saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end, as he went 0-for-3 with a walk. The 12-game hitting streak was tied for the second-longest current hitting streak in the major leagues.


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