The Giants aren't going to win the NL West, but you can bet the team that will doesn't want to see them sneak into the postseason.
The Giants and Dodgers played a long, strange game that went 11 innings Tuesday at Oracle Park, and with its fourth comeback of the night, San Francisco finally won it 10-8. Donovan Solano walked it off with a two-run homer to left in the 11th, giving the Giants (15-16) a seventh straight win.
Solano was the final hero for the Giants. For most of the night, though, it was Brandon Belt who did the damage.
Belt tied it up in the ninth with his second homer, but the Dodgers (22-9) took a lead in the 10th because of the new extra-innings rule that puts a runner on second to start an inning. Giants catcher Joey Bart had a rough frame defensively, and his throw down to third base got away, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
Bart nearly made a huge mistake in the bottom of the inning when he was placed on second. He broke for third on a grounder to short, but there was no throw. With two outs, he scored the tying run on Mauricio Dubon's infield single to third.
Another infield single brought a place runner across in the 11th. Justin Turner hit a slow roller to the right side and jumped over Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers' diving tag attempt as Will Smith raced home and gave the Dodgers an 8-7 lead. Evan Longoria tied it right back up, though, with an RBI single, setting the stage for Solano.
Here are three things to know from the wildest game of the year:
Tying the GOAT
Belt tied the game with a long three-run homer in his first at-bat, and followed that with a walk, a double, a single and another homer. The fourth hit extended Belt's streak to 11 consecutive plate appearances in which he reached base, the longest streak since Barry Bonds did it in 2006.
The two-homer game was the first in three years for Belt, who is having a sneaky-good season. He has a .400 on-base percentage and is slugging .621, both of which would be career highs.
Belt might have hit his way out of a platoon with one game. He was 0-for-7 against lefties this year until his homer off Julio Urias in the first inning.
In his second-to-last start before the trade deadline, Johnny Cueto had one of his worst ones as a Giant. Cueto gave up a three-run homer to Max Muncy in the first inning and allowed three more runs before his day was done after just 12 outs. His ERA for the season ballooned to 5.40.
Cueto did strike out six, but he left way too many balls out over the plate. This was just the sixth time in Cueto's five years with the Giants that he allowed at least six earned runs, and it was the first time that he did it while failing to pitch at least five innings.
Back in the saddle
With one out in the sixth, Trevor Gott relieved Andrew Suarez for his first appearance in eight days. Gott had not pitched for the Giants since blowing a save in Anaheim last Monday, and he did well.
Gott struck out Kiké Hernandez, walked Will Smith and got Mookie Betts to fly out softly to right. It was Gott's first scoreless outing since Aug. 11.