Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt come through to put Giants up 7-4 going into the seventh

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The Giants were one weak ground ball or fly ball away from squandering a bases-loaded opportunity, but Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt made sure their club was able to capitalize on the opportunity. The Giants put their first two batters on base on consecutive bloop singles by pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias and Gregor Blanco against Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan. Rookie Joe Panik then bunted both runners over to second and third base, which forced Royals manager Ned Yost to order Finnegan to intentionally walk Buster Posey to load the bases.

Hunter Pence grounded into a 6-2 fielder’s choice, putting the Royals closer to an escape from a tense situation. Sandoval, however, wasn’t having it. He swung at Finnegan’s first offering, ripping a two-run single up the middle to break a 4-4 tie. Brandon Belt followed up with a ground ball single into right-center, pushing the Giants’ lead up to 7-4. Juan Perez grounded out to second base to end the inning.

The Giants have now scored six unanswered runs against the Royals. They’ll head into the seventh inning with a three run lead and nine outs to go. Yusmeiro Petit pitched three scoreless innings of relief but was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt to start the next frame.