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Cleveland at San Francisco

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Cleveland (11-14)000000010130
San Francisco (15-10) «000100003480

Giants 4, Indians 1

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Hicks made the team in spring training when it became obvious San Francisco's regular second baseman, Marco Scutaro, would not be ready to start the season. He's made the most of his opportunity.

Hicks hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

''It felt awesome,'' said Hicks, who hit a game-ending homer for the Oakland Athletics two years ago. ''You always remember these.''

Hicks signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last November and made the club when Scutaro's lower back strain remained a problem.

''He had a tremendous spring,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''With Scutaro down we needed help there and he's been getting big hits for us. Two outs in the ninth; it doesn't get any better than that.''

Buster Posey led off with a single and pinch runner Gregor Blanco went to second on Juan Perez's sacrifice bunt. Pablo Sandoval struck out and Brandon Crawford, who drove in the Giants first run, was walked intentionally.

Hicks took a ball and then hit a towering fly into the left field bleachers, giving the sellout crowd of 41,530 something to celebrate.

''I wanted to be ready for it when and if he threw a fastball,'' Hicks said. ''He's a hard thrower and I was able to get a pitch up in the zone.''

Sergio Romo (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory. Cory Allen (2-1), who allowed his first run in 12 games, took the loss.

''I was not trying to elevate a fastball,'' Allen said. ''I was trying to throw a good fastball down and way. It was already a bad count and he was probably looking for it. He got a pitch out over the plate and put the barrel to it.''

Yan Gomes hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning for the Indians, who were swept for the first time since last August.

Ryan Vogelsong found a flaw in his mechanics after a disastrous start in his last outing. The fix has him looking forward with a renewed sense of confidence.

''It was a pretty major flaw, in my legs, and I just tried to fix it,'' said Vogelsong, who was pulled with one out in the second inning of last Monday's 8-2 loss at the Colorado Rockies. ''The other night was so bad, you just look to see if anything sticks out. I was out so fast there wasn't a whole lot to digest.''

Vogelsong threw seven shutout innings, his longest start of the season. He gave up two hits, both to Michael Bourn, walked two and struck out six.

''He did a great job of getting back into the count,'' Bochy said. ''He never gave in and threw some great pitches when he had to.''

Indians' starter Danny Salazar gave up one run on five hits in a season-best seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

''I was trying to bring the same guy who was up here last year,'' Salazar said. ''I wasn't thinking about my delivery or anything else. I was thinking, just keep the ball down.''

Vogelsong retired the final 12 batters he faced while Salazar set down nine of the last 10 he faced.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. With two outs, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford hit back-to-back doubles.

The Indians did not get a runner past second until Gomes hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot into the left field bleachers on a 1-2 pitch from Santiago Casilla.

The Giants sold out a NL record 258th straight game, surpassing the Philadelphia Phillies, who sold out 257 straight between 2009-12.

Notes

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.50) will start Cleveland's series opener in Anaheim on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. He's 4-0 in 12 games, 9 starts, against the Angels. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.14) starts for the Giants in their series opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. He's 6-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 starts against the Padres. ... Sandoval ended an 0 for 42 streak when hitting with two strikes when he singled in the seventh. ... Gomes' homer ended a 19-inning scoreless streak by the Giants bullpen at home. ... Salazar is 0-5 in nine career starts on the road.. The Indians 4-5-6 hitters went 0 for 29 in the series.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

D. Salazar
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
San Francisco

B. Hicks
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4020000 .295
Nick Swisher, 1B4000012 .218
Jason Kipnis, 2B2000200 .247
Carlos Santana, 3B4000012 .122
Michael Brantley, LF3000003 .264
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000011 .211
Yan Gomes, C3111010 .270
David Murphy, RF3000010 .274
Danny Salazar, P2000020 .000
   a-Lonnie Chisenhall, PH1000010 .381
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
Totals2913128  
a-struck out for Salazar in the 8th
Batting
HR - Yan Gomes (3, Casilla)
RBI - Yan Gomes (8)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Swisher
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Salazar 7511180 6.04
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1100000 0.93
Cody Allen (L,2-1) 1.1233121 2.53
IBB - Crawford by Cody Allen
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Salazar 101-66, Marc Rzepczynski 5-4, Cody Allen 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Salazar 6-6, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Cody Allen 1-1
Batters Faced - Danny Salazar 26, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Cody Allen 7
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4010000 .333
Hunter Pence, RF3010111 .253
Brandon Belt, 1B4000043 .263
Buster Posey, C4020000 .238
   Ehire Adrianza, PR0100000 .160
Michael Morse, LF3000012 .276
   Juan Perez, LF0000000 .000
   a-Gregor Blanco, PH0000000 .129
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4120011 .180
Brandon Crawford, SS3111101 .268
Brandon Hicks, 2B4113011 .224
Ryan Vogelsong, P2000020 .111
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   b-Joaquin Arias, PH1000000 .135
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals32484210  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Perez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Casilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (7, Rzepczynski), Pablo Sandoval (4, Salazar), Brandon Crawford (6, Salazar)
HR - Brandon Hicks (3, Allen)
SH - Gregor Blanco (2)
RBI - Brandon Crawford (10), Brandon Hicks 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Crawford (4), Brandon Hicks 3 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hicks-Crawford-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong 7200260 5.40
Santiago Casilla (BS,3) 1111011 1.26
Sergio Romo (W,2-0) 1000010 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 104-59, Santiago Casilla 14-9, Sergio Romo 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 7-7, Santiago Casilla 2-0, Sergio Romo 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 24, Santiago Casilla 4, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41530
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marcus Pattillo, Third Base - Laz Diaz