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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Hicks' two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Giants a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, and San Francisco completed a three-game series sweep.

With the scored tied 1-1, Giants catcher Buster Posey led off the ninth with a single off right-hander Cody Allen (2-1). A sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Gregor Blanco moved pinch runner Ehire Adrianza to second. Allen struck out third baseman Pablo Sandoval and intentionally walked shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Hicks, San Francisco's second baseman, then pounded a 1-0 pitch from Allen deep into the seats in left field for the walk-off homer.

Giants right-hander Sergio Romo (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win.

The game featured a spirited pitching duel between San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong and Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar. Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six.

With the Giants leading 1-0, right-hander Santiago Casilla relieved Vogelsong to start the eighth inning, and Casilla gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. Catcher Yan Gomes belted a 1-2 pitch into the left field seats for his third homer of the season.

In his best start of the season, Salazar pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

The only run Salazar allowed came in the fourth inning. With two outs, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Sandoval and Crawford.

Both starters were coming off their worst starts of the season. Vogelsong didn't get out of the second inning in an 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies in which he gave up five runs and three home runs.

Salazar's last start was also an 8-2 loss, to the Kansas City Royals, in which he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

NOTES: The Giants drew their 258th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park, a National League record. The previous mark of 257 consecutive sellouts was set by the Philadelphia Phillies. San Francisco's streak began on Oct. 1, 2010. ... Giants C Buster Posey's home run Saturday off Cleveland's C.C. Lee ended Posey's streak of 24 consecutive hitless at bats against right-handed pitchers, the longest such streak of Posey's career. ... Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson, who will start Monday night vs. the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., is still looking for his first win of the season. Masterson is 0-0 in five starts, although the Indians are 3-2 in his outings.
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