Belt's 3rd homer in 3 games helps Giants beat Reds 9-8

May 17, 2015 8:42 PM by Ross Field

CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Belt homered for the third time in three games, Nori Aoki drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 Sunday after nearly wasting a five-run lead.

Hunter Pence homered in his second game back from a broken forearm. The World Series champions won three straight games in Cincinnati for the first time since 2005 and at 20-18 moved two games over .500 for the first time since they were 3-1. The Giants had 16 hits, matching their season high, and outscored opponents 44-21 on a six-game trip.

San Francisco built a 6-1 lead but the Reds closed within a run in the third after their first five batters reached against Chris Heston. Marlon Byrd's RBI single, Brandon Phillips' bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and Jay Bruce's run-scoring single made it 6-4.

Yusmiero Petit (1-0) relieved and gave up Billy Hamilton's sacrifice fly, then retired pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart on consecutive popouts.

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