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San Francisco at Pittsburgh

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San Francisco (14-21)000400000481
Pittsburgh (15-19) «00200030x5100

Pirates 5, Giants 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- San Francisco was fuming over its latest loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Adam LaRoche hit a go-ahead single in a three-run seventh inning, and the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory Thursday and a three-game sweep.

The rally started when pinch-hitter Nyjer Morgan bunted down the third-base line and was ruled safe at first by umpire Ron Kulpa for a single. Replays appeared to show Morgan did not beat the throw.

"I had a great view of it and there was no doubt in my mind that he was out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a huge call. Instead of getting the first out there, now they have a rally going."

The Pirates trailed 4-2 against Matt Cain (1-3) when Morgan -- who was optioned to Triple-A after the game -- reached base.

"When we watched the replay, it looked like he was out to us," Cain said.

Freddy Sanchez, 7-for-13 after being moved to the leadoff slot for the first time this week, followed with a ground-rule double, and Nate McLouth hit sacrifice fly to score Morgan.

Jason Bay's double tied the score, Jack Taschner relieved and, one out later, NL RBI leader Xavier Nady was intentionally walked. LaRoche, who hit .174 in April, then lined a single to right just over the outstretched arm of a leaping Eugenio Velez.

"I'm just kind of getting to where I'm confident against left-handers again," said LaRoche, who has a six-game hitting streak but was hitting only .143 against lefties. "It's nice to get in and get a big hit."

Pittsburgh has won 13 of its past 15 games against San Francisco and swept three-game series from the Giants in three straight seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. San Francisco has lost four in a row overall.

Franquelis Osoria (2-1) pitched a one-hit seventh, and John Grabow and Tyler Yates combined on a one-hit eighth. Matt Capps finished for his eighth save in as many chances, striking out pinch-hitter John Bowker with a runner on second to end the game.

"There's been so many games we were coming back in, but we haven't been getting that last hit," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "A huge key for us today was that we went ahead and got that extra hit that put us over the top."

Sanchez had three hits and scored twice, and Bay went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Ryan Doumit hit a two-run single in the third, but San Francisco took a 4-2 lead in the fourth when Emmanuel Burriss and Steve Holm had consecutive hits that drove in their first major league RBI.

Burriss chopped a single off the glove of Maholm with two on and two outs, and Holm hit a two-run double over center fielder Nate McLouth. Cain, who went 2-for-3, followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Cain gave up five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"He pitched a good ballgame, but there at the end he just made a couple mistakes," Bochy said.

Pirates starter Paul Maholm allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.

"If I don't touch that ball, we're talking about a shutout or a good performance," Maholm said, referring to Burriss' infield hit. "I tried to make the play. It didn't work out, and they had a couple hits after that."

Pittsburgh had lost 13 of 18 entering the series, including three of four in Washington over the weekend.

"We felt like we should have played better in Washington, so to come out here and take three from these guys is a good momentum booster for us," Sanchez said.

Notes

  • The game was played through steady rain but never delayed.
  • Bochy slipped in the wet dugout and hit his head. He could be seen being attended to by training personnel but was fine after the game.
  • Giants SS Omar Vizquel, out since spring training after recovery from surgery on his left knee, is close to returning to action. Bochy said the team was hopeful he would return this weekend.
 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

S. Holm
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, 2B4000112 .222
Jose Castillo, 3B4000021 .233
   a- John Bowker, PH1000011 .268
Randy Winn, RF4010010 .268
Aaron Rowand, CF2110200 .336
Rich Aurilia, 1B3000113 .264
Daniel Ortmeier, LF4120002 .295
Emmanuel Burriss, SS3111000 .237
   b- Bengie Molina, PH1000002 .292
    Brian Bocock, SS0000000 .143
Steve Holm, C4112000 .286
Matt Cain, P3021000 .286
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
   c- Fred Lewis, PH1000000 .303
Totals3448446  
a-struck out for Castillo in the 9th
b-grounded out for Burriss in the 8th
c-flied out for Sadler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Steve Holm (4, Maholm), Matt Cain (1, Osoria)
RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (1), Steve Holm 2 (2), Matt Cain (2)
2-OUT RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (1), Steve Holm 2 (2), Matt Cain (1)
SB - Eugenio Velez (8, 2nd base off Capps/Doumit)
CS - Daniel Ortmeier (2, 2nd base by Maholm/Doumit)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Rich Aurilia (3, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (L,1-3) 6.1955150 4.50
Jack Taschner 0.1100100 4.50
Vinnie Chulk 0.2000100 2.03
Billy Sadler 0.2000010 0.00
IBB - Nady by Jack Taschner
WP - Jack Taschner (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 113-74, Jack Taschner 12-4, Vinnie Chulk 12-6, Billy Sadler 12-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-10, Jack Taschner 1-0, Vinnie Chulk 2-0, Billy Sadler 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 30, Jack Taschner 3, Vinnie Chulk 3, Billy Sadler 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5230001 .254
Nate McLouth, CF4001024 .324
Jason Bay, LF4131001 .286
Ryan Doumit, C4012003 .333
Xavier Nady, RF3010102 .349
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011013 .209
Jose Bautista, 3B4000004 .230
Brian Bixler, SS3000122 .189
Paul Maholm, P1100110 .167
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .500
   a- Nyjer Morgan, PH-RF2110001 .161
Totals34510536  
a-hit a bunt single for Osoria in the 7th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez 2 (7, Cain, Cain), Jason Bay (4, Cain)
SF - Nate McLouth (1)
RBI - Nate McLouth (29), Jason Bay (12), Ryan Doumit 2 (15), Adam LaRoche (11)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (3)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 6644240 4.79
Franquelis Osoria (W,2-1) 1100000 6.35
John Grabow (H,3) 0.2100110 1.08
Tyler Yates (H,5) 0.1000000 3.38
Matt Capps (S,8) 1000110 2.87
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 107-63, Franquelis Osoria 15-12, John Grabow 15-8, Tyler Yates 2-1, Matt Capps 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-5, Franquelis Osoria 2-1, Tyler Yates 1-0, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 25, Franquelis Osoria 4, John Grabow 4, Tyler Yates 1, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16816
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Rob Drake