Ross D. Franklin Associated Press Giants closer Sergio Romo gestures following the final out in the ninth inning. Romo earned his ninth save in 10 chances.

Giants topple D-backs, but Sandoval's hurting

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 7:54 am

PHOENIX – Back in Arizona for the first time since the Cactus League season ended, the Giants immediately kick-started their spring trends, both good and bad.

First baseman Brandon Belt, who was red-hot throughout the spring, homered and had a huge two-run single to lead the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

But while snapping a five-game losing streak, the Giants may have suffered another loss.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was pulled in the sixth inning because of right elbow discomfort. Sandoval missed most of the final two weeks of spring training because of ulnar neuritis in the same elbow.

Sandoval also has long dealt with a bone spur in the elbow, but despite concerns he might miss Opening Day, Sandoval was able to get healthy in time for the regular season.

After several touch-and-go days in the season's first week, Sandoval has had no issues with the elbow. He had seven hits in the final two games of the weekend series against the San Diego Padres and was 2 for 3 when he was removed Monday.

Sandoval didn't appear to hurt himself on any particular play, but when the Giants came out for the bottom of the sixth, Nick Noonan was at third base and Sandoval was being checked by trainers and coaches.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was not among those surrounding Sandoval.

Bochy was ejected in the fifth inning after a missed call at first base that cost the Giants a chance to take the lead.

The Giants scored two runs in the first inning and went up 3-0 on Belt's solo homer in the second. It was the second home run of the year for Belt.

Belt's homer was followed by a barrage from the Diamondbacks. Matt Cain gave up four runs in the fourth inning, all on homers.

Former Giant Cody Ross drew a walk to lead off the inning, and Jason Kubel followed with a blast to right field.

Three pitches later, Eric Chavez lined a changeup into the left-field seats. With two outs, Martin Prado hit a solo homer to left.

With their manager and hottest hitter back in the clubhouse, the Giants rallied in the eighth.

Noonan hit a double, and Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford drew walks to load the bases for Belt.

Hitting eighth for the first time this season, Belt drove a single into center field to give the Giants a two-run lead.

Notes – Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt (abdominal strain) threw a bullpen session but is unlikely to be taken off the disabled list when he is eligible to return today.

• Left-hander Jose Mijares left the team Sunday night to return to Venezuela after his grandmother, who raised him after his parents died in a car accident, suffered a heart attack.

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