Belt's Splash Hit homer fuels Giants' big inning

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt‘s homer launched a four-run, fourth-inning uprising Tuesday night that carried the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Reds at AT&T Park.

Cincinnati led, 3-0, when Belt christened the Giants’ big fourth with his eighth homer of the season. Besides matching Evan Longoria‘s team-high homer total, Belt also reached San Francisco Bay on the fly with his drive, which increased his Splash Hit total to eight.


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SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt‘s homer launched a four-run, fourth-inning uprising Tuesday night that carried the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Reds at AT&T Park.

Cincinnati led, 3-0, when Belt christened the Giants’ big fourth with his eighth homer of the season. Besides matching Evan Longoria‘s team-high homer total, Belt also reached San Francisco Bay on the fly with his drive, which increased his Splash Hit total to eight.


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Belt’s long ball seemed to unnerve Reds starter Tyler Mahle. Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Austin Jackson singled to load the bases. After Kelby Tomlinson struck out, Giants manager Bruce Bochy, seizing the opportunity to score, lifted starter Ty Blach for Pablo Sandoval, who stroked a two-run single past third base. Andrew McCutchen grounded into a force play, but beat the relay to first, enabling Jackson to tally the go-ahead run.

San Francisco’s bullpen sealed the team’s ninth victory in its last 12 home games as Pierce Johnson, Will Smith, Sam Dyson, Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland each contributed a scoreless inning. It was Strickland’s ninth save in 11 chances and seventh in a row.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Published on Wed, 16 May 2018 05:10:00 +0000

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