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By Jeremy Harness
The Giants had been floundering all season, giving every impression that they would not be expected to compete this season, period.
And then this past week happened. The Giants appear to have flipped the switch, and in a stunning turnaround, they have become a different team.
On Wednesday afternoon, they completed a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies by virtue of an 11-8 win at Coors Field, which marker their first sweep in Colorado since 2011.
With that victory, the Giants have now won five straight games, the longest streak they have had all season.
Donovan Solano went 4-for-5 on Wednesday, including a solo homer in the sixth inning as well as a run-scoring double in the eighth to give the Giants a commanding 11-5 lead. He now has a batting average of .337. Brandon Belt had three hits, including an RBI single in the seventh.
Shaun Anderson, however, struggled in the warm altitude that is Coors Field in the summer. He gave up five runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out one batter.
The bullpen, as well as the Giants’ resurgent bats, picked Anderson up, however. Derek Holland pitched a perfect 1 2/3 innings and picked up his second win of the year.
Andrew Suarez, however, surrendered three runs over 1 2/3 innings and could not close out the game, after giving up a double and a two-run homer. That opened the door for Mark Melancon, who was originally signed to be the team’s closer but struggled mightily in the role over the past couple of years, to get his first save of the season.