Belt helps Giants sweep Pirates; SF heads to Detroit with six game streak in hand

July 2, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) looks on before hitting a home run in the eighth inning during an MLB game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants on July 02, 2017 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

As the San Francisco Giants continue their winning ways, they just have to look at their first baseman and thank him for his contribution to the win streak.

Brandon Belt hit a huge single in a three-run seventh inning, and added a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and the Giants completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

This was the sixth win in a row for the Giants, and completed their second consecutive sweep just one week after being swept at home by the New York Mets. The six-game winning streak by the Giants is their longest winning streak since eight in a row from June 11-19, 2016.

With the victory by the Giants, they have won six straight games against the Pirates, their longest win streak against the Pirates since 1953.

Jeff Samardzija won for the second game in a row, as he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and did not walk a batter. Samardzija last walked a batter on June 16 at Coors Field, when he walked D.J. Lemahieu to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning.

Samardzija added five more strikeouts, giving him 118 strikeouts on the season, while allowing 13 during the season.

Jordy Mercer gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams looked fantastic, as he pitched into the seventh inning and then the wheels began to fall off. Williams walked Hunter Pence, then Buster Posey and then Belt and Crawford each hit run-scoring singles to tie up the game. Kelby Tomlinson hit a sacrifice fly to give the Giants the lead for good.

On consecutive days, the Pirates lost games after leading in the fifth inning.

John Jaso hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Stephen Okert, but the Pirates were unable to get any closer.

Sam Dyson pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save in as many days.


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