Belt finds his swing, sparks Giants' offense

Belt finds his swing, sparks Giants' offense

OAKLAND -- As the Giants continue their search for consistency from their lineup, Brandon Belt has rebounded from early-season struggles with a 10-game hitting streak, including his game-tying two-run double in the ninth inning of Friday's 5-4 win against the A's.

"It's big right now because, to be honest, we're not really swinging the bats well throughout the lineup," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Saturday's game vs. the A's. "We were on fire there and had a lot of guys hot, but right now they're searching a little bit. When that happens, hopefully somebody helps pick you up, and Brandon did last night and has been getting better at-bats. That's what we need right now."

Belt has been hitting .419 (13-for-31) in the 10-game stretch after hitting .224 in 46 games before that, and he compared his recent success to his 2010 Minor League season in which he hit a combined .352 in 136 games for San Jose (Class A), Rihmond (Double-A) and Fresno (Triple-A).

"It was pretty much the same approach; I had the same feeling as I have now," Belt said. "The best way I can explain is that I found my swing. Earlier in the year, it was a struggle for me to find my swing for some reason. But you have to keep working through it, and I did, and I finally found my swing."

Belt has also hit all three of his home runs this season in the past 10 games, as well as having three doubles and nine RBIs.

"I think even before the whole streak started, I knew I was beginning to find it because I was making contact pretty well," Belt said. "I was still hitting balls hard; they just didn't fall as hits. Once you start hitting balls like that, though, you know that they'll start falling in. You start driving the ball more, and pretty soon you'll be hitting these home runs, hitting more doubles."