Sandoval breaks Giants' early hit streak mark

Sandoval breaks Giants' early hit streak mark

CINCINNATI -- No one in Giants history has had a hitting streak to begin a season like Pablo Sandoval is enjoying this season. The third baseman singled to left field off Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey leading off the fourth inning of Thursday's 6-5 win to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, surpassing Johnny Rucker's previous mark of 18 games set at the start of the 1945 season.

Sandoval's single started a two-run rally for the Giants that tied the score. It was his lone hit in five at-bats, but the Giants breaking a seven-game losing streak at Cincinnati was more important to Sandoval.

"We had lost two in a row in the series and we tried fighting to go home happy," said Sandoval, who is hitting .321 this season.

Manager Bruce Bochy has been impressed with Sandoval's overall start.

"Pablo has played with a lot of energy and not showing any signs [of being tired]," said Bochy before Thursday's game. "Pablo has looked great."