Giants 4, Rays 1

Lonnie Herman, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The San Francisco Giants exploded for three runs on five consecutive hits in the seventh inning and went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 at Tropicana Field Friday night.
Until then, Rays' starter Chris Archer had been rolling, allowing only two hits and one run on Giants first baseman Brandon Belt's 11th home run of the season.
But with two outs in the seventh, however, the wheels came off of Archer's pursuit of his fifth consecutive win.
Hunter Pence singled and then Belt collected his third hit of the night, a triple to score Pence. Brandon Crawford followed with his seventh home run of the season.
The Rays scored first in the third when Ben Zobrist drove home Jose Lobaton. Lobaton had reached on a double and advanced to third on Ryan Robert's bunt single.
San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, (11-6) pitched seven innings scattering three hits while striking out 11 to equal his season's high.
Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez followed Bumgarner before Sergio Romo came on with one out in the ninth to collect his 26th save.
Archer (6-4) took the loss, his first in his last eight starts. The loss halted his consecutive win streak at four games.
NOTES: The Rays finished July at 21-5 (.808), their best month in club history and the third best July by any major league team since 1921. Only the 1941 Yankees (25-4,.862) and the 1945 Cubs (26-6,.813) had a better July than the Rays. ... The Rays and Giants are playing for only the third time and the first time since 2004. ... The Giants finished July with a record of 8-17 (.320), the third-lowest winning percentage in the majors. ... Pence started his 117-consecutive game, which is the longest streak in the National League. ... The first run by the Rays snapped Bumgarner's shutout streak at 16.1 innings. ... Belt's homer ended a streak of 18 scoreless innings for Archer.