Beltran erupts in win over first-place Diamondbacks

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Goodbye, August. Hello, September.

The Giants looked like a different team Friday night while beating the Diamondbacks 6-2 and ending their nine-game win streak.

It helped to have Carlos Beltran go 4-for-4 with a homer and triple and in one night match his August totals for home runs (one) and RBIs (three).

"We love it," teammate Matt Cain. "We've seen him do it against us a ton."

Beltran has heard his share of boos in recent weeks, failing to live up to expectations after his July 28 trade from the Mets. He missed two weeks with a hand injury and said he probably won't be 100 percent the rest of the season.

But Friday, he looked like a savior.

"In New York, they're not fighting for anything," Beltran said. "We have the chance here. As a ballplayer, you want to take advantage of the situation and get to the playoffs."

Beltran tripled in the first, homered in the third and singled in his final two at-bats. It was his 17th homer of the season, and he matched his career high with four hits. It was the first four-hit game of the year, 20th in his career. The last was June 30, 2007, at Philadelphia.

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