Rare McGehee HR helps Marlins beat Giants 3-2 

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  • Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton steals second base as San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is unable to make the tag during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Miami.
NL hits leader Casey McGehee homered for the second time this season, and the Miami Marlins took the lead for good on a wild pitch by Tim Lincecum in the seventh inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Sunday.

Miami stopped a six-game losing streak and averted a three-game series sweep.

McGehee came in with 118 hits and 54 RBIs, and the two-run homer in the first inning was his first since May 10. Lincecum (9-6) allowed three runs in seven innings, ending his streak of wins in four consecutive starts.

Brad Hand (1-2) gave the Marlins' shaky rotation a welcome boost by pitching seven innings to match a career high, and he allowed two runs. He had been 1-12 previously as a starter, with the lone victory in 2011.

Hand lowered his ERA to 5.02 in six starts this year. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances.

With the score 2-all, Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to start Miami's seventh, took third on a sacrifice and came home when Lincecum bounced a curve to Reid Johnson, and the ball caromed away from catcher Hector Sanchez.

McGehee had two hits to hike his average to .322. He also made a barehanded grab and throw at third base to rob Buster Posey of a hit in the eighth.

The Giants' offense, which has sputtered for much of July, suffered a relapse after three consecutive robust games. Posey drove in their runs with a double in the third.

Miami won with only six hits and despite a succession of basepath blunders. The Marlins had three runners tagged out between second and third in the first three innings.

NOTES: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez may be able to make his next turn as scheduled, depending on how he feels in the next couple of days, the Marlins said. He left Saturday's game with a bruised left shin after being hit by a comebacker. ... Before the game, the Marlins optioned INF Ed Lucas to Triple-A New Orleans and recalled RHP Anthony DeSclafani from New Orleans. ... The Giants were awaiting results of concussion tests on 1B Brandon Belt, who was struck by a ball in the face during batting practice Saturday. ... Giants 2B Marco Sacutaro (stiff neck) was back in the starting after missing three games. ... RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-7, 3.86) is scheduled to pitch for the Giants when they open a four-game series Monday at Philadelphia against LHP Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.18). ... RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.99) is scheduled to start for the Marlins when they open a four-game series Monday at Atlanta against RHP Julio Teheran (9-6, 2.71).

Giants’ Belt to go on DL with concussion

MIAMI — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will go on either the seven-day or 15-day disabled list because of a concussion.

Belt was struck by a ball in the face while fielding during batting practice Saturday. Tests Sunday confirmed the concussion, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Infielder Adam Duvall will likely be recalled from Triple-A Fresno, Bochy said.

Belt was to fly with the Giants to Philadelphia, where they begin a four-game series today. He missed 50 games because of a broken left thumb before returning July 5.

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