Giants 4, Brewers 2

Jeff Francoeur knew he had to change something in his hitting

after a futile start to the last road trip. With the help of Giants

coaches, he adjusted his batting stance and saw immediate

results.

Francoeur delivered a broken-bat single in the bottom of the

eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead run in San Francisco’s 4-2

victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

”I made quite a few adjustments,” Francoeur said. ”I

basically went back to my toe-tapping, something I was doing with

Atlanta and got away from in Kansas City. I felt good going to the

plate tonight.”

Brandon Belt had three hits for the Giants, who won their fourth

in six games. Hunter Pence walked three times and stole two

bases.

”I just try to have good at bats and that’s what happened,”

said Pence, who walked a total of three times in his previous 30

games combined. ”The game dictates itself.”

Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched the eighth for the win, while

John Axford (4-5) took the loss. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for

his 27th save in 31 chances.

Juan Francisco hit a home run and drove in two for the Brewers,

who have lost four of five. Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy each

had two hits.

”We had opportunities and we didn’t come through,” Brewers

manager Ron Roenicke said. ”There were a couple of missed calls

that hurt us and they got a couple of breaks.”

Giants starter Chad Gaudin gave up a run on four hits over 6 1-3

innings. He walked four and struck out eight.

Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg went six innings, allowing an

unearned run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Thornburg has allowed one earned run on the road through his first

five major-league appearances, a span of 21 innings.

He’s mostly upset about missing a squeeze bunt in the third that

would have put Milwaukee ahead.

”Definitely the bunt,” Thornburg said. ”That’s something I am

going to think about all night even though I will try to flush it.

I hit in college and it’s something I pride myself on to get runs

for myself. It was buntable.”

The Giants had runners in scoring position in each of the first

four innings and were 0 for 9 in those situations. They were 1 for

13 overall.

”We didn’t get anything going until the last inning,” Giants

manager Bruce Bochy said. ”We needed something.”

In the fourth, Belt and Roger Kieschnick each singled to start

the inning. Gregor Blanco followed with a sharp grounder to

Francisco at first, who threw the ball into left field trying for

the out at second. That allowed Belt to score and give the Giants a

1-0 lead.

The Brewers evened things in the seventh, with Francisco’s

ground-rule double driving in a run.

In the eighth, Axford walked Pence, who stole second, to start

the inning. After Buster Posey hit a deep drive to centerfield,

Axford walked Pablo Sandoval intentionally, throwing wildly on the

fourth ball to allow Pence to reach third.

”I’ve had success with Pence in the past,” Axford said. ”You

never want to put the first runner on in a tight ballgame like

that.”

Rob Wooten came in to pitch and walked Belt to load the bases.

He was replaced by Michael Gonzalez, who gave up Francoeur’s

go-ahead hit. Jeff Bianchi mishandled Blanco’s grounder, allowing

two more runs to score.

Javier Lopez got pinch hitter Rickie Weeks to ground into a

double play with the bases loaded in the seventh to preserve the

tie.

”Javy saved us,” Bochy said. ”It was a tough spot to put him

in and you can’t ask for a bigger double play, especially late in

the game.”

Francisco added a solo shot in the ninth.

NOTES: Brewers IF Aramis Ramirez (left patellar tendinitis) ran

the bases and will do so again on Wednesday. He will then be

reevaluated and could join the team in Seattle this weekend. …

Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (left hamstring strain) will play long

toss in the next few days after reporting some tightness following

his long toss session on Saturday. … Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler

has not allowed a run in his last 12 outings, a span of 15 innings.

… RHP Wily Peralta (7-11, 4.57) will start for the Brewers on

Tuesday. He’s lost his last two starts. … RHP Matt Cain (7-6,

4.57) makes the start for the Giants Tuesday. He’s 3-6 in 10 starts

against the Brewers. … Giants IF Marco Scutaro made his first

start as a leadoff hitter since last Aug. 2. … Giants RHP Ryan

Vogelsong is scheduled to start Friday’s game against the Baltimore

Orioles. It will be his first start breaking a finger on May 20.

… RHP Guillermo Moscoso will be moved to the bullpen to make way

for Vogelsong in the rotation. … Pence became the first Giants

player to walk three times and steal two bases in a game since Jose

Cruz did it in April of 2003.