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Video: Brandon Belt mashes first career grand slam

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Giants’ first baseman Brandon Belt slugged his way to his first career grand slam on Friday, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead over the Padres in the sixth inning of the series opener.

The Giants were down 4-1 at the start of the sixth inning after Matt Cain got off to a rough start in San Diego, allowing four runs, three walks and two home runs through 4 1/3 innings. Padres’ right-hander Luis Perdomo sailed through his first outing of the year, meanwhile, striking out three of 23 batters and holding the Giants to just five hits and one walk until Belt blew the game wide open with a shot to right field:

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The Padres responded in the bottom of the seventh with three runs of their own, reclaiming the lead with a Yangervis Solarte two-run double and an RBI bunt that scored their seventh and final run of the night. Belt rallied again for the Giants in the eighth inning, taking Ryan Buchter deep on a solo homer, but with no help from his teammates, the club fell short in their second one-run loss of the year.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.