Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants Piece Together Another Win

Nadia MishkinContributor IIIJuly 20, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 19:  Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on July 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants secured Game 2 of the three-game series against their long-time division rival, as well as their sixth consecutive win against, the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night at AT&T park. 

The last time the Giants extended a six-game win streak over their southern California rivals was in 1969...with a team lead by Juan Marichal and Willie McCovey. 

This was a game that defines who the 2011 Giants are as a team. It also provides a perfect example of how the defending champions manage to win games with a group of players who seem as if they would be unlikely to get the job done. 

The timely call up of the young lefty Brandon Belt proved to be important in the Giants 5-3 win. Belt jacked his first home run ever at AT&T Park, and then proceeded to drive in two more runs with an eighth inning bases loaded double for a total of three RBIs on the night. 

Madison Bumgarner pitched a phenomenal eight innings, allowing just four hits and three earned runs, while accumulating seven strikeouts. 

Nate Shierholtz with his famed arm and a new trimmed down Pablo Sandoval both contributed spectacular defensive plays that should be noted as contributions to the victory. 

Stay tuned for tomorrow's All Star matchup, as Tim Lincecum takes on Clayton Kershaw, who has been lights out against San Francisco all season.