SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandon Belt went 4 for 4, hit a homer off the Rockies’ Jason Motte and drove in four runs for the Giants in a 10-4 win over Colorado on Sunday — the lanky first baseman’s first game back after missing a week with an illness.
“I think he’s got his strength back,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Buster Posey added an RBI double for San Francisco.
All-Star Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had two more hits to boost his spring training-best average to .606. Arenado doubled to left on the first pitch from Giants starter Clayton Blackburn in the second inning. He also knocked Blackburn’s first pitch in the third into left-center for a single.
Charlie Blackmon added a solo homer off Blackburn, who allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits over four innings. Blackburn also doubled in a run.
Blackburn struck out three and threw 67 pitches. Bochy said he told the 23-year-old he’ll be sent to minor league camp.
“He’s going to go down and get ready for his season, but he did a lot of good work this spring,” Bochy said.
To avoid facing a division opponent, Giants RHP Johnny Cueto pitched in a camp game — for a long time.
The efficient Cueto went six innings against Giants minor leaguers, allowing a run and six hits with four strikeouts. He also picked two runners off the bases while throwing 74 pitches.
It was Cueto’s first appearance since he was hit in the forehead by a line drive six days ago. Cueto avoided a concussion.
The Giants sent five players to the minors: LHPs Ty Blach and Ricky Romero; RHP Vin Mazzaro; OF Ryan Lollis and INF Hak-Ju Lee.
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