Sandoval pushes hitting streak to 18 games

Sandoval pushes hitting streak to 18 games

CINCINNATI -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval singled to right field in the third inning Wednesday night against Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 18 games. That matches the all-time Giants franchise record to start a season held by Johnny Rucker. Rucker began the 1945 season by hitting safely in his first 18 games.

Sandoval eclipsed Willie Mays' San Francisco record of 16 games with a hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's series opener.

Sandoval owns the longest current hitting streak in the Majors and is just four games shy of his own personal best of 22 games. He set that last season from June 19 to July 30.

"It means a lot for me and I'm happy, but I care more that we lost," said Sandoval after the Giants' 4-2 loss to the Reds. "I care more to win the games. For me it's more special to help my team win the game."

Sandoval is hitting .329 this season, second on the team to Buster Posey's average of .382.