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Belt’s homer in 10th lifts Giants over Padres 5-3

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SAN DIEGO — Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Belt, in his second game back from the disabled list, homered off Dale Thayer (3-3) after Hunter Pence led off with a double. Belt, who missed 50 games with a broken thumb, hit his 10th homer of the season into the right-field stands.

Michael Morse homered leading off the ninth inning against Padres closer Huston Street to tie it 3-3. That broke a streak of 23 consecutive saves for Street, the longest run in the majors.

Sergio Romo (4-3), recently demoted from the closer role, earned the win. Santiago Casilla got the final three outs for his second save in five chances.

San Francisco won for just the sixth time in 24 games and snapped San Diego’s season-high, five-game winning streak. The Giants, who had been shut out in three of their previous five games, scored more than two runs for the third time in 11 games.

After Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly put San Francisco ahead 2-1 in the seventh, the Padres scored two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Yasmani Grandal doubled with one out off Jean Machi and scored the tying run on Jake Goebbert’s triple into the right-center field gap. Cameron Maybin followed with a sacrifice fly that easily scored Goebbert.

San Francisco’s Tim Hudson made his second strong start to break a three-start losing streak. Hudson gave up one run on three hits over six innings and avoided matching his career high for losses in consecutive starts. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

The Padres tied it in the sixth on Seth Smith’s sacrifice fly with one out after consecutive singles by Brooks Conrad and Alexi Amarista to open the inning.

Gregor Blanco hit his first homer of the season to give the Giants a 1-0 lead in the second.

Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne made his third career start for San Diego since being called up from the minors last month. The 27-year-old right-hander, who beat the Giants in his major league debut on June 23, wasn’t as sharp this time.

He overcame four walks and allowed one run and two hits over six innings, his shortest outing. In three starts since coming up from the minors, Despaigne has an ERA of 1.41.

San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval left the game in the first inning with a bruised left elbow after he swung and missed a pitch that hit him.

NOTES: Street had converted 48 of 49 save chances dating to May 2013. . . . San Diego was the only team that hadn’t blown a lead after seven innings this season, going 29-0. . . . Pence extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an infield single to open the game.  . .. Giants RHP Tim Lincecum (7-5, 4.06 ERA) will face Padres RHP Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1.95) in Sunday’s series finale.

 

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