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Belt's three-run homer helps Giants rally, sweep D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Coming off a three-game sweep at San Diego, the San Francisco Giants were looking for a way to finish off their road trip with something positive.

A third straight comeback victory against Arizona should do it.

Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied against Arizona's bullpen for the third straight game, beating the Diamondbacks 9-6 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

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"These guys have been amazing with these comebacks," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They come through when we need them."

Belt hit a two-run single off Brad Ziegler in the opener and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer off Arizona closer J.J. Putz on Tuesday.

Belt finished off the series of comebacks with his homer off David Hernandez (1-2), giving San Francisco its first road sweep over the Diamondbacks since July 22-25, 2010.

Angel Pagan led off the game with a homer, Hunter Pence added a 460-foot solo shot and George Kontos (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings after starter Tim Lincecum struggled.

Sergio Romo extended his scoreless streak against Arizona to 27 innings in the ninth for his 11th save, finishing off San Francisco's ninth come-from-behind victory of the season.

"It just shows a lot of character with these guys and how hard they fight and how bad they want to win," Lincecum said.

Just like it did the series' first two games, Arizona got off to a solid start.

Chad Pennington hit a three-run homer off Lincecum in the second inning and added a run-scoring double, matching his career-high with four RBIs.

The Diamondbacks had 15 hits after getting 11 the previous two games combined.

Brandon McCarthy put Arizona in position to win with six decent innings.

But Hernandez couldn't hold a 6-4 lead.

He walked Pence and Gregor Blanco in the eighth, then served up an 0-2 pitch that Belt hit out to right, setting off a round of boos from the home fans before the ball even landed. It was Arizona's majors-leading 10th blown save of the season.

"Walks are always going to hurt you," Hernandez said. "I still had a chance to make a pitch and just didn't do it."

McCarthy got his sixth start with Arizona off to a rough start, giving up a homer for the fourth straight game when Pagan hit his second pitch over the wall in right.

The right-hander gave up two more runs in the fifth inning on a run-scoring double by Pagan and Brandon Crawford's RBI triple. Pence hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth to the deepest part of Chase Field, a get-out-of-here quick solo shot to right-center that pulled the Giants with 5-4.

"That was a missile," Bochy said.

Even after Pence's monster shot, McCarthy still left with the lead, up 6-4 after Pennington's run-scoring double in the sixth.

McCarthy gave up four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.

"Most innings I felt good. I just didn't change gears fast enough," said McCarthy, who matched Brandon Webb's 2005 team record by allowing eight hits for the sixth straight game. "That has been kind of the story there. It is still something that as I am getting adjusted, it is taking me a little too long to make the adjustments."

Lincecum had his own problems.

Pennington hit his first homer of the season off the right-hander in the second inning, a three-run shot to the pool deck in right-center. A.J. Pollock used his speed to set up another run in the fourth inning, reaching on an infield single, stealing second, then scoring on Eric Chavez's run-scoring double to make it 4-1.

Paul Goldschmidt followed with a bloop single to center in the fifth inning that put Arizona up 5-3.

Lincecum was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth after allowing five runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts.

"I could have done better hitting some spots," Lincecum said. "Balls were falling in here in there that I didn't like, but if I execute pitches and keep them down in the zone better, I'll fare better next time out."

Turns out, it would good enough for the never-out-out-of-it Giants.

Belt took advantage of Hernandez's two walks with his homer in the eighth and San Francisco tacked on two more in the ninth off Heath Bell to close out its road trip at .500 after losing the first three games.

Notes

  • Lincecum hasn't beaten Arizona since Sept. 29, 2010.
  • McCarthy had gone 71 straight batters without a walk before intentionally putting Brandon Belt on in the second inning.
  • The Giants have won seven of their last eight games at Chase Field.
  • The Diamondbacks move on for a three-game road series against San Diego, with left-hander Wade Miley starting Thursday. He is 2-0, but has had three straight no-decisions.
  • The Giants are off Thursday before starting a three-game home series against the Dodgers. Barry Zito will face Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw in the opener.
 
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Brandon Belt (right) celebrates with Andres Torres after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning. (USATSI)
Brandon Belt (right) celebrates with Andres Torres after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Pennington
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4322120 .283
Brandon Crawford, SS4111120 .271
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5011021 .327
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Buster Posey, C4001000 .267
Hunter Pence, RF4221111 .268
Nick Noonan, 2B5010013 .310
Gregor Blanco, LF3220101 .282
Brandon Belt, 1B3113113 .239
Tim Lincecum, P2000013 .100
   a- Hector Sanchez, PH1000012 .150
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   b- Andres Torres, PH1000000 .235
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Joaquin Arias, 3B0000000 .200
Totals369109511  
a-struck out for Lincecum in the 6th
b-flied out for Kontos in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (5, McCarthy), Pablo Sandoval (6, Bell), Hunter Pence (5, McCarthy), Gregor Blanco (3, McCarthy)
3B - Brandon Crawford (2, McCarthy)
HR - Angel Pagan (1, McCarthy), Hunter Pence (5, McCarthy), Brandon Belt (3, Hernandez)
SF - Buster Posey (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (13), Brandon Crawford (15), Pablo Sandoval (23), Buster Posey (15), Hunter Pence (15), Brandon Belt 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (2), Brandon Crawford (6), Brandon Belt 3 (7)
SB - Hunter Pence (5, 2nd base off Hernandez/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
DP - Noonan-Belt, Crawford-Noonan-Belt
E - Tim Lincecum (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum 51055061 4.41
Javier Lopez 0.1211000 3.00
George Kontos (W,2-1) 1.2100100 4.02
Jean Machi (H,1) 0.2100110 0.00
Santiago Casilla (H,5) 0.1000010 2.57
Sergio Romo (S,11) 1100010 1.98
IBB - Parra by George Kontos
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 86-58, Javier Lopez 10-5, George Kontos 27-18, Jean Machi 13-5, Santiago Casilla 6-4, Sergio Romo 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 4-3, Javier Lopez 1-0, George Kontos 2-2, Sergio Romo 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 23, Javier Lopez 3, George Kontos 6, Jean Machi 4, Santiago Casilla 1, Sergio Romo 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF4010132 .303
Martin Prado, 2B5120002 .225
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5021011 .292
Jason Kubel, LF5020012 .317
A.J. Pollock, CF5220014 .264
Miguel Montero, C3000112 .194
Eric Chavez, 3B4231001 .276
Cliff Pennington, SS4124021 .218
Brandon McCarthy, P2000000 .000
   a- Alfredo Marte, PH1000001 .186
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1010000 .227
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
Totals39615629  
a-grounded out for McCarthy in the 6th
b-singled for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (4, Lincecum), Eric Chavez (2, Lincecum), Cliff Pennington (5, Lopez)
HR - Cliff Pennington (1, Lincecum)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (19), Eric Chavez (10), Cliff Pennington 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (5)
SB - A.J. Pollock (4, 2nd base off Lincecum/Posey)
Team LOB - 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy 6844162 7.22
Matt Reynolds (H,2) 1000030 0.00
David Hernandez (BS,3; L,1-2) 1133211 4.61
Heath Bell 0.2122210 5.91
Tony Sipp 0.1000000 3.00
IBB - Belt by Brandon McCarthy
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 91-62, Matt Reynolds 15-10, David Hernandez 31-16, Heath Bell 23-12, Tony Sipp 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 5-7, Tony Sipp 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 27, Matt Reynolds 3, David Hernandez 6, Heath Bell 5, Tony Sipp 1
Game Information
Attendance - 21277
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Miller