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By Jeremy Kahn
BALTIMORE — Shaun Anderson did something in this game for the San Francisco Giants pitching staff that was last accomplished in the month of April.
Anderson went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four, as the Giants evened up the three-game series with a 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles before a crowd of 19,352 at Camden Yards.
Jump start us to a great series, said Anderson.
Madison Bumgarner was the last Giants pitcher to go at least seven innings in a game that took place on April 13 in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.
The 40 consecutive games without a pitcher going seven innings was the longest streak in the major leagues this season, and the longest by a Giants in the last 100 years.
As for Anderson, this was a special game for the rookie, as he picked up his first major league win and threw a career-high in pitches with 105 (72 strikes).
I liked his stuff, and that is why he went out for the seventh, said Bruce Bochy.
Anderson looked sharp early, as he retired the first six batters before allowing a leadoff single to Rio Ruiz to begin the bottom of the third inning.
The Giants got on the board in the top of the first inning, as Mike Yastrzemski manufactured a walk off of starter David Hess and after a Buster Posey walk and following a Pablo Sandoval groundout, Brandon Belt drove in both Yastrzemski and Posey to give the Giants a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Belt extended his hitting streak up to nine games, as he picked up that two-run single in the top of the first inning and followed it up with his two-run double in the top of the fifth inning. The four runs batted in were a season-high, and his most in a game since getting four on June 30, 2017 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Posey stretched the lead out to 3-0 in the top of the third inning, as he hit a laser off the top of the out-of-town scoreboard for a home run. Originally, first base umpire Chris Segal said that the ball was in play and Posey played it out, as he slid into second base for what appeared to be a double; however, Crew Chief Kerwin Danley at second base overruled Segal and signaled home run.
It was the third home run of the season for Posey, whose last home run came on May 5 against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
That was the first interleague home run for Posey since June 30, 2016 against the Oakland As at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Posey also scored three runs in a game for the first time since May 30, 2017 against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
David Hess went just four innings for the Orioles, as he allowed seven runs on six hits, walked three and struck out four and his record fell to 1-7 on the season.
The Posey home run allowed by Hess was the major-league leading 19th home run allowed by Hess this season.
Renato Nunez hit his second home run in as many days, as he hit a solo blast off of Anderson to get the Orioles on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Giants were not going to let this one get away, as they broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth inning, when they scored four runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
Kevin Pillar led off the inning with a double, then scored on a Joe Panik single. After a Yastrzemski single and a Posey walk to load the bases, Sandoval popped out for the first out of the inning; however, Belt drove in his third and fourth runs of the afternoon, when he doubled to right field.
Longoria then made it 7-1, as he hit a sacrifice fly that easily scored Posey from third base.
On that play, Posey was forced to leave the game with a sore right hamstring.
NOTES: Panik snapped a 0-for-9 skein, as he singled in the top of the fifth inning that scored Pillar and over his last 28 games, he has reached in 25.
Pillar picked up two hits on the afternoon, as he doubled both times and it was the 15th time in his career that he picked two doubles in the same game. This was the third time that Pillar did it against the Orioles.
This was the third time this season that Nunez hit home runs in back-to-back games. Nunez also hit home runs in four consecutive games from May 22-25.
In Fridays 9-6 win, the Orioles allowed five runs in the first inning and then answered with six runs in the bottom half of the inning. This was the first time in Orioles history (since 1954) that they and their opponents each scored five or more runs in the first inning. It last happened in a game on July 6, 2012, when the New York Yankees faced off against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, a 10-8 Yankees victory.
UP NEXT: Jeff Samardzija heads to the mound on Sunday afternoon, as the Giants look for the series win. This will be the first start for Samardzija against the Orioles since the 2015 season when he was with the Chicago White Sox, and he is 0-1 in three starts in his career versus the Orioles.
Gabriel Ynoa will take the ball for the Orioles in the series finale, as he looks for his first win of the season. This will be Ynoas first career start against the Giants.