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(Saturday, July 5)
Final Score: San Francisco 5, San Diego 3 (10 innings)
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Belt's two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
The struggling Giants, losers in seven of their last eight games heading into this one, trailed 3-2 after eight innings but got a jolt in the ninth when Michael Morse tied the score with a solo blast off Padres closer Huston Street. Street hadn't blown a save in 23 save chances this season.
"Morse saved us," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He saved our skin."
Hunter Pence led off the 10th with a double against Dale Thayer (3-3) before Belt connected on a no-doubter to deep right field.
Sergio Romo (4-3), who was recently removed from the closer's role, got the win after pitching around a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth and Santiago Casilla picked up his second save of the season, striking out two in the 10th.
Both starting pitchers allowed one run through six innings, with neither factoring into the final decision. San Diego's Odrisamer Despaigne allowed two hits and four walks in his third career start, while veteran Tim Hudson struck out four for the Giants.
San Diego's season-high five game win streak came to an end.
"Street has been so good all year, pretty much automatic all year, so to be able to tie it up off him was a pretty big deal for us," said Hudson. "To win it is hopefully the momentum that we need."
Gregor Blanco got to Despaigne in the second inning with a solo home run to right.
The Cuban rookie then had trouble commanding his pitches in the third, issuing a pair of walks after his error allowed Joe Panik to reach safely. With the bases loaded and two outs, Joaquin Arias put a charge into a 3-1 offering, but Cameron Maybin made a comfortable catch just in front of the warning track in center to end the threat.
It took San Diego until the sixth to finally break through for a run against Hudson, who had allowed just one baserunner through five. Brooks Conrad and Alexi Amarista singled to start the frame and place runners on the corners. Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica went down looking, but Seth Smith lifted a sac fly to center field to tie the score.
The Giants reclaimed the lead a half inning later against a pair of San Diego relievers. Alex Torres started the inning and walked Blanco and Brandon Crawford before departing in favor of Kevin Quackenbush. The righty was called for a balk, advancing both runners, and Panik made it 2-1 with a sac fly to center.
The home team pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh, however, to take a 3-2 lead. Jean Machi allowed a one-out double to Yasmani Grandal before Jake Goebbert legged out an RBI triple. Maybin's sac fly easily scored Goebbert.
The Padres were 28-0 when leading after seven innings ... Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch in the left elbow during his first at-bat and left the game ... Despaigne has only allowed two runs in 20 2/3 innings in the majors ... The Giants finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. San Diego went 1-for-6.
07/06 01:56:32 ET
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