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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:

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.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.