Belt homers to spark Giants offense in 6-4 win over Rays

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Belt believed a breakout was coming for the Giants offense, even as the first week of the season slogged on with the numbers indicating otherwise.

After San Francisco set a season high for scoring, its first baseman has a little evidence at last.

Belt homered and drove in three before an unusually small home crowd, and the Giants beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Saturday.

Steven Duggar had three RBIs and Joe Panik scored twice to help San Francisco snap a three-game losing streak behind a breakthrough day from its offense.

''People who had been here and seen the games and guys in the clubhouse really felt that our offense was going in the right direction,'' Belt said. ''We just needed some of them to fall in. We got a few of those today and it ended up working out for us.''

Most of the production came from the top of the lineup. Leadoff hitter Duggar had a sacrifice fly in the third inning and added a two-run double in the fifth. Belt, batting in the second spot, had an RBI single in the third and hit a two-run, opposite-field home run off Ryan Yarbrough (1-1) as part of a four-run fifth.

Belt and Duggar combined to drive in all six runs for San Francisco, but the Giants also got a lift from the bottom third of the order. Kevin Pillar, the No. 7 hitter, singled and scored in the third, Panik walked twice and scored both times, and Connor Joe had a pinch-hit single as part of the four-run fifth.

''Really what's impressive is the left-handers had pretty good at-bats against their left-handers,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''They were loading up on us and (we) threw out nice at-bats against their lefties. It's been a little bit of a tough go. We're still trying to find our way here.''

Ji-Man Choi had two hits and two RBIs for Tampa Bay. Tommy Pham walked in the first inning to extend his on-base streak to 41 games, an ongoing franchise record dating to last season.

The Rays entered the day 6-2, their best start in club history, but couldn't hold an early lead.

''They had some good at-bats they pieced together,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''We probably didn't help ourselves out but they made some good plays for their starter.''

The game drew 31,828, the smallest at Oracle Park since Sept. 1, 2010. The Giants set an NL record with 530 consecutive sellouts at their waterfront ballpark from 2010-17.

Travis Bergen (1-0) retired one batter in relief of starter Jeff Samardzija to earn his first career victory. Will Smith pitched the ninth for his third save.

''I'm just glad I was able to get the guy I was supposed to get,'' Bergen said. ''I kind of snaked it in there.''

Yarbrough allowed four runs in three innings.

Tampa Bay used reliever Ryne Stanek as the opener. Stanek, who also started Monday against Colorado, retired all six batters he faced.

SPECTACULAR GRAB

Pillar kept the Rays from breaking the game open in the fifth with a diving catch in center field. Tampa Bay loaded the bases with one out when Pham hit a sinking liner into the gap in right-center that Pillar snagged. Daniel Robertson scored on the sacrifice fly. Cash called it the play of the game. ''They did things really well and limited us offensively,'' Cash said.

SHARK'S OUTING

Samardzija had an uneven outing, allowing three runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings in his second start since missing the final 2 1/2 months of last season due to shoulder inflammation. The right-hander, who last won on April 20, 2018, relied heavily on a slider he began tinkering with in the offseason.

''When I'm throwing that slider in good spots it's usually a good day,'' Samardzija said. ''For the most part it was. They just got me there in the fifth.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Cash had hoped to give slumping SS Willy Adames the day off. Instead, Adames singled and scored as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and singled in the ninth. Adames entered the day 1 for 27.

UP NEXT

LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 3.60) pitches for San Francisco in the series finale Sunday at Oracle Park. Pomeranz went winless in two games last season. RHP Yonny Chirinos (1-0, 1.29) gets the start for Tampa Bay.

--

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2019 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
TB6-3
100021000491
SF3-6
00204000X680
  • W: T. Bergen (1-0)L: R. Yarbrough (1-1)S: W. Smith (3)
  • HR: SF - B. Belt (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Meadows RF50100011.242.306.455.7600.5
T. Pham LF31010101.242.350.242.5923.0
J. Choi 1B40220000.370.433.444.8785.0
B. Lowe 2B20100001.222.276.370.6461.0
a- A. Garcia PH10000002.200.273.250.5230.0
R. Yarbrough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Heredia PH10000010.429.500.5711.071-0.5
C. Roe P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Diaz 3B40000002.310.394.6211.0150.0
K. Kiermaier CF31100111.259.300.593.8934.5
D. Robertson SS-2B41100002.190.227.190.4182.0
M. Zunino C40110011.091.091.091.1821.5
R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Arroyo PH10000010.167.167.167.333-0.5
J. Beeks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- W. Adames PH-SS31200001.100.100.100.2003.0
  • a-flied out for Lowe in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Yarbrough in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Stanek in the 3rd
  • d-singled for Beeks in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Duggar RF31130000.278.308.472.7806.0
B. Belt 1B41231000.250.294.563.8579.0
E. Longoria 3B40000011.188.212.313.525-0.5
B. Posey C30000110.200.286.280.5660.5
B. Crawford SS40200001.290.313.355.6672.0
G. Parra LF40100022.222.300.259.5590.0
K. Pillar CF41100003.103.100.103.2034.0
J. Panik 2B22000202.208.345.250.5954.0
J. Samardzija P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Bergen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Joe PH11100000.071.133.071.2052.0
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Sandoval PH10000000.364.364.6361.0000.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Bergen in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Dyson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Choi (2)
  • SF - T. Pham
  • RBI - T. Pham (3), J. Choi 2 (4), M. Zunino
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi (3), M. Zunino
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, A. Garcia 2 (2), Y. Diaz, K. Kiermaier, D. Robertson, W. Adames
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Duggar (4)
  • HR - B. Belt (3)
  • SF - S. Duggar
  • SH - J. Samardzija
  • RBI - S. Duggar 3 (5), B. Belt 3 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria, G. Parra, K. Pillar, J. Panik 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Kiermaier (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Pillar
FIELDING
  • E - M. Zunino
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stanek2.00000200.000.337.0
J. Beeks2.03221002.571.290.0
R. Yarbrough (L, 1-1)3.04441216.141.09-4.0
C. Roe1.01001002.251.251.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Stanek2.0
J. Beeks2.0
R. Yarbrough (L, 1-1)3.0
C. Roe1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija4.26331402.791.454.0
T. Bergen (W, 1-0)0.10000003.860.867.0
S. Dyson (H, 2)1.02110001.930.860.0
T. Watson (H, 3)1.00000002.451.363.0
R. Moronta (H, 2)1.00001104.911.362.5
W. Smith (S, 3)1.01000000.000.679.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija4.2
T. Bergen (W, 1-0)0.1
S. Dyson (H, 2)1.0
T. Watson (H, 3)1.0
R. Moronta (H, 2)1.0
W. Smith (S, 3)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 32-22, J. Beeks 36-22, R. Yarbrough 49-32, C. Roe 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-3, J. Beeks 3-3, R. Yarbrough 2-5, C. Roe 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, J. Beeks 10, R. Yarbrough 14, C. Roe 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 74-48, T. Bergen 5-3, S. Dyson 13-10, T. Watson 14-9, R. Moronta 19-9, W. Smith 21-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 3-7, S. Dyson 3-0, T. Watson 2-1, R. Moronta 1-1, W. Smith 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 21, T. Bergen, S. Dyson 5, T. Watson 3, R. Moronta 4, W. Smith 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
TB6-3
100021000491
SF3-6
00204000X680
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Meadows RF50100011.242.306.455.7600.5
T. Pham LF31010101.242.350.242.5923.0
J. Choi 1B40220000.370.433.444.8785.0
B. Lowe 2B20100001.222.276.370.6461.0
a- A. Garcia PH10000002.200.273.250.5230.0
R. Yarbrough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Heredia PH10000010.429.500.5711.071-0.5
C. Roe P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Diaz 3B40000002.310.394.6211.0150.0
K. Kiermaier CF31100111.259.300.593.8934.5
D. Robertson SS-2B41100002.190.227.190.4182.0
M. Zunino C40110011.091.091.091.1821.5
R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Arroyo PH10000010.167.167.167.333-0.5
J. Beeks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- W. Adames PH-SS31200001.100.100.100.2003.0
Total3549402512-----
  • a-flied out for Lowe in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Yarbrough in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Stanek in the 3rd
  • d-singled for Beeks in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Duggar RF31130000.278.308.472.7806.0
B. Belt 1B41231000.250.294.563.8579.0
E. Longoria 3B40000011.188.212.313.525-0.5
B. Posey C30000110.200.286.280.5660.5
B. Crawford SS40200001.290.313.355.6672.0
G. Parra LF40100022.222.300.259.5590.0
K. Pillar CF41100003.103.100.103.2034.0
J. Panik 2B22000202.208.345.250.5954.0
J. Samardzija P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Bergen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Joe PH11100000.071.133.071.2052.0
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Sandoval PH10000000.364.364.6361.0000.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total306861349-----
  • a-singled for Bergen in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Dyson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Choi (2)
  • SF - T. Pham
  • RBI - T. Pham (3), J. Choi 2 (4), M. Zunino
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi (3), M. Zunino
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, A. Garcia 2 (2), Y. Diaz, K. Kiermaier, D. Robertson, W. Adames
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Duggar (4)
  • HR - B. Belt (3)
  • SF - S. Duggar
  • SH - J. Samardzija
  • RBI - S. Duggar 3 (5), B. Belt 3 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria, G. Parra, K. Pillar, J. Panik 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Kiermaier (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Pillar
FIELDING
  • E - M. Zunino
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stanek2.00000200.000.337.0
J. Beeks2.03221002.571.290.0
R. Yarbrough (L, 1-1)3.04441216.141.09-4.0
C. Roe1.01001002.251.251.0
Total8.0866341---
PITCHERSIP
R. Stanek2.0
J. Beeks2.0
R. Yarbrough (L, 1-1)3.0
C. Roe1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija4.26331402.791.454.0
T. Bergen (W, 1-0)0.10000003.860.867.0
S. Dyson (H, 2)1.02110001.930.860.0
T. Watson (H, 3)1.00000002.451.363.0
R. Moronta (H, 2)1.00001104.911.362.5
W. Smith (S, 3)1.01000000.000.679.0
Total9.0944250---
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija4.2
T. Bergen (W, 1-0)0.1
S. Dyson (H, 2)1.0
T. Watson (H, 3)1.0
R. Moronta (H, 2)1.0
W. Smith (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 32-22, J. Beeks 36-22, R. Yarbrough 49-32, C. Roe 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-3, J. Beeks 3-3, R. Yarbrough 2-5, C. Roe 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, J. Beeks 10, R. Yarbrough 14, C. Roe 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 74-48, T. Bergen 5-3, S. Dyson 13-10, T. Watson 14-9, R. Moronta 19-9, W. Smith 21-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 3-7, S. Dyson 3-0, T. Watson 2-1, R. Moronta 1-1, W. Smith 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 21, T. Bergen, S. Dyson 5, T. Watson 3, R. Moronta 4, W. Smith 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Zunino singled to left, Kiermaier scored46
  • 5TH INNING
    Belt homered to left center, Duggar scored36
    Duggar doubled to right, Panik and Joe scored34
    Choi singled to left, Adames scored, Meadows to third, Choi to second32
    Pham hit sacrifice fly to center, Robertson scored22
  • 3RD INNING
    Belt singled to right, Panik scored12
    Duggar hit sacrifice fly to center, Pillar scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Choi doubled to deep center, Pham scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Smith relieved Reyes Moronta
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zunino flied out to deep left
    • W. Adames: Adames singled to left
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Meadows reached on fielder's choice to second, Adames out at second
    • T. Pham: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Reyes Moronta relieved Tony Watson
    • Guillermo Heredia hit for Ryan Yarbrough
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia struck out looking
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz flied out to deep center
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chaz Roe pitching
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Posey walked
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Crawford flied out to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Parra singled to right, Posey to second
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar popped out to second
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Panik grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Meadows lined out to left
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Pham grounded out to third
    • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choi grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Duggar grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Belt flied out to center
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria popped out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Sam Dyson pitching
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to first, Kiermaier to third
    • M. Zunino: Zunino singled to left, Kiermaier scored
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Zunino out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Panik lined out to left
    • Pablo Sandoval hit for Sam Dyson
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson singled to right
    • M. Zunino: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
    • Willy Adames hit for Jalen Beeks
    • W. Adames: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Adames singled to left, Robertson to second
    • A. Meadows: Meadows singled to right, Robertson to third, Adames to second
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham hit sacrifice fly to center, Robertson scored
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi singled to left, Adames scored, Meadows to third, Choi to second
    • Travis Bergen relieved Jeff Samardzija
    • Avisail Garcia hit for Brandon Lowe
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Garcia flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Yarbrough pitching
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Panik walked
    • Connor Joe hit for Travis Bergen
    • C. Joe: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Joe singled to left, Panik to second
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Duggar doubled to right, Panik and Joe scored
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Belt homered to left center, Duggar scored
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Longoria flied out to deep left
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Crawford singled to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • J. Choi: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Choi lined out to center
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe singled to right
    • Y. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Diaz popped out to second
    • K. Kiermaier: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Beeks Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Posey flied out to shallow center
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Crawford singled to left
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Parra reached on fielder's choice to first, Crawford out at second
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pillar grounded into fielder's choice to third, Parra out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Christian Arroyo hit for Ryne Stanek
    • C. Arroyo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Pham grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jalen Beeks pitching
    • K. Pillar: Pillar reached on bunt single to first
    • J. Panik: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pillar stole second, Pillar to third on catcher Zunino throwing error, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Panik walked
    • J. Samardzija: Samardzija hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Panik to second
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Strike looking, Duggar hit sacrifice fly to center, Pillar scored
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt singled to right, Panik scored
    • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson flied out to left
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Stanek Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Strike swinging, Posey flied out to center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Crawford flied out to right
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Meadows grounded out to first
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham walked
    • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Choi doubled to deep center, Pham scored
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe fouled out to catcher
    • Y. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Diaz fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Stanek Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duggar grounded out to first
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Belt flied out to deep right
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)