Belt and Hundley’s two-run home runs help the Giants beat the Dodgers 4-1 to avoid sweep

June 17, 2018

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Photo credit: @SFGiants

By Jeremy Kahn

With the end of a three-city, 10-game road trip that went from Washington, D.C., to Miami and finally onto Los Angeles, the San Francisco Giants saw their own beds in sight.

Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run home runs, helping the Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The win by the Giants, salvaged the three-game series over their longtime rivals and they ended their road trip with a 4-6 record.

This was the fourth three-city road trip for the Giants, who have played more than half of their road games and now return for a 10-game home stand beginning on Monday night. The Giants have one more three-city road trip from August 13-23, when they will travel to Los Angeles, Cincinnati, before ending in New York.

Hundley gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead, as he launched a Caleb Ferguson pitch into the left field pavilion in the top of the first inning.

Belt stretched the Giants up to 4-1, as he hit his first home run since coming back an emergency appendectomy on June 2. It was the 12th home run for Belt.

Chris Stratton went six innings, allowing one run (none earned), while giving up just three hits, walking one and striking out three.

Ferguson went five innings, allowing four runs on just two hits, walking one and striking out sic, as he looks for that elusive first major league win.

The Giants bullpen quartet of Will Smith, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland pitched the final three innings, as they allowed one hits and struck out eight. Strickland got the final two outs of the game to pick up his 14thsave of the season.

Andrew McCutchen picked up the only other hit of the game for the Giants, who are now 7-6 on the season versus the Dodgers.

NOTES: Andrew Suarez will make his second career start against his home town team, the Miami Marlins on Monday night, while the Marlins will counter with Caleb Smith.

Buster Posey sat out the finale of the road trip, as Hundley took his place and gave the Giants an early lead.

Brandon Crawford will miss the next three games, as he will join his wife Jalynne in Arizona, as she will give birth to their fourth child. Crawford will rejoin the team on Thursday night, when the Giants will open a four-game series against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.

UP NEXT: The Giants and Marlins’ Game 1 is scheduled for Monday night at 7:15 pm PDT.

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