HOUSTON -- Injuries and ineffectiveness have kept Aubrey Huff from contributing to the 2012 Giants, but the veteran has kept a watchful eye on his teammates during his three trips to the disabled list. And he likes what he sees.
"It reminds me of the 2010 (championship) team," Huff said Thursday afternoon. "In 2010, you went out every day and you would feel like you were going to win, and that's what it feels like now.
"I think the lineup is better than it was that year, too."
The Giants proved that again Thursday night, riding a team-wide hitting spree to an 8-4 victory over the Houston Astros that clinched a second straight road sweep. Nine Giants had a hit, eight scored a run, and six drove in a run as the Giants overcame a shaky start.
The four-run comeback was the Giants' biggest of the season.
"We haven't had a lot of games like this," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Everybody did something to help the cause."
The contributions started with starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who put the Giants in an early 4-0 hole a night after they needed six relievers to close out the second game of the series. But Vogelsong hung tough, getting through the sixth inning for the 23rd time in 25 starts and allowing the lineup to get in gear.
"I was just kind of off early with everything -- mechanics, tempo, everything was out of whack," said Vogelsong, who improved to 12-7. "I had to keep them off the board. I knew I had to find a way
Vogelsong put up three consecutive scoreless innings before exiting for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. By that time, the Giants had cut the deficit to 4-3 thanks to RBIs from Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval.
"Everything just kind of fell into place," Vogelsong said.
The Giants felt the same way at the plate. They wasted an early bases-loaded, none-out opportunity, but they never stopped clawing. In all, the Giants had 15 hits, including Sandoval's single in the seventh that tied the score.
Hunter Pence followed with a single that scored two, and Joaquin Arias made it 7-4 with a homer to left field in the eighth. Brandon Belt was in the middle of the action all night, tying a career high with four hits and driving in the Giants' eighth run with a ninth-inning double. The comeback win was the second of the series for the Giants, who have won 10 of their past 13 games and six straight on the road.
"That's a good quality to have," Belt said. "Everybody is just kind of clicking at the right time."
Afterward, Bochy said the coaching staff would have another discussion about Arias on the flight to Chicago.
"You have to like the way he's playing," Bochy said. "We'll figure out a way to keep him in there."
Arias has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .500 during that span. He leads the majors with a .428 average in August and has driven in 15 runs in the month. Arias has just one big league inning in the outfield but spent time practicing there when he was in the Texas Rangers' organization.
"I talked to him about how comfortable he would be, and he thought he would be fine," Bochy said.
Bochy said Arias could also take more of Brandon Crawford's time at shortstop.
"Crawford has been doing a good job, but we've got to go with the hot hand," Bochy said.
"The knee is about as ready as it's going to be," he said.
To prepare for the quick turnaround, Bochy sent Friday starter Madison Bumgarner to Chicago on Thursday afternoon.
Bochy said Buster Posey might sit out Friday's game after his ankle started to feel "a little cranky" on Houston's hard infield. But the manager isn't worried about the early game time Friday.
"This is a tough group," Bochy said. "They'll be ready to go."