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Giants turn brooms to their advantage in 9-6 win over Diamondbacks
San Francisco bounces back to sweep Arizona after being swept at San Diego

  • The Giants' Angel Pagan, left, celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Pablo Sandoval during the first inning of Wednesday's game at Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

PHOENIX — Coming off a three-game sweep at San Diego, the Giants were looking for a way to finish off their road trip with something positive.

A third straight comeback victory against Arizona should do it.

Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied against Arizona's bullpen for the third straight game, beating the Diamondbacks 9-6 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

“These guys have been amazing with these comebacks,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “They come through when we need them.”

Belt hit a two-run single off Brad Ziegler in the opener and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer off Arizona closer J.J. Putz on Tuesday.

Belt finished off the series of comebacks with his homer off David Hernandez (1-2), giving San Francisco its first road sweep over the Diamondbacks since July 22-25, 2010.

Angel Pagan led off the game with a homer, Hunter Pence added a 460-foot solo shot and George Kontos (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings after starter Tim Lincecum struggled.

Sergio Romo extended his scoreless streak against Arizona to 27 innings in the ninth for his 11th save, finishing off San Francisco's ninth come-from-behind victory of the season.

“It just shows a lot of character with these guys and how hard they fight and how bad they want to win,” Lincecum said.

Just like it did the series' first two games, Arizona got off to a solid start.

Chad Pennington hit a three-run homer off Lincecum in the second inning and added a run-scoring double, matching his career-high with four RBIs.

The Diamondbacks had 15 hits after getting 11 the previous two games combined.

Brandon McCarthy put Arizona in position to win with six decent innings.

But Hernandez couldn't hold a 6-4 lead.

He walked Pence and Gregor Blanco in the eighth, then served up an 0-2 pitch that Belt hit out to right, setting off a round of boos from the home fans before the ball even landed. It was Arizona's majors-leading 10th blown save of the season.

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