Giants showing improvement on defense

Giants showing improvement on defense

OAKLAND -- The Giants took advantage of a combination of several Oakland defensive infield blunders and some impressive plays of their own in Saturday's 9-8 win.

Solidified defensive play in the infield has come in recent weeks after early season struggles for the Giants, who still lead the National League with 60 errors. San Francisco has committed just five errors in its last 14 games.

"Overall, we're playing better, we're catching the ball better," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're playing more like the team that we are."

Bochy said the infield has benefited from consistency in the lineup, with first baseman Brandon Belt receiving regular playing time in recent weeks and third baseman Pablo Sandoval returning from a May 2 wrist injury that sidelined him until June 9.

"Belt has settled in with his everyday playing time, and now Pablo is getting more and more comfortable," Bochy said. "We're going with the set lineup."