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Brandon Belt matches Barry Bonds' 2006 run with latest hot streak

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If you're a Giants hitter and you at any point hear your name connected to Barry Bonds, you've done something right. If you tie a mark related to reaching base that's held by the man who got on better than anyone, you've really done something right. 

Brandon Belt did that Tuesday night in a thrilling 10-8 win over the Dodgers. With his game-tying home run off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, Belt reached base for an 11th consecutive time. That was the longest streak by a Giant since Barry Bonds reached in 11 straight plate appearances in 2006. 

Belt pulled this off over three games, all wins for a streaking team that's riding a hot offense. He had two walks and nine hits, including three doubles and a pair of homers. Since the start of Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Belt has raised his on-base percentage from .306 to .395 and his slugging percentage from .418 to .612. Both numbers would be career-highs if he can keep it up, and the .318 batting average is about 50 points better than his previous career average. 

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Belt always has been a streaky hitter, but this is another level. Belt said Tuesday night that he finally feels his legs are healthy after having surgery in 2018. That's allowed him to take advantage of his approach at the plate.

"I think Brandon continues to see the ball early and make really good swing decisions," manager Gabe Kapler said. "One of the things that stands out to me right now, and you guys have seen it a lot longer than I have, is the power is really coming around. He's driving the ball in the air, he's driving the ball to the middle of the field, he's hitting the ball a long way right now. I know that inspires a lot of confidence for Brandon."

 

Belt struck out in his final at-bat, falling well short of matching the NL record of 17 consecutive times reaching base. It was still a memorable night, though, and one that helped the Giants extend their winning streak.