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Pittsburgh at San Francisco

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Pittsburgh (60-81)0000301116140
San Francisco (61-80) «00010051x7130

Giants 7, Pirates 6

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Two weeks after helping the United States capture the bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, San Francisco rookie Nate Schierholtz collected another souvenir.

Schierholtz hit his first major league home run and Rich Aurilia and Scott McClain also homered to help the Giants rally from a three-run deficit to finally beat the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, 7-6 on Saturday night.

"You don't want a guy up there thinking home run," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "But he's been swinging the bat well and when he squares up and gets it up in the air, it's going to go."

Bengie Molina had three hits for San Francisco, which snapped a seven-game losing streak at home against Pittsburgh. The Giants, who won for only the third time in 17 games overall against the Pirates, hadn't beaten the Bucs at AT&T Park since June 8, 2006.

Schierholtz was part of the American team that lost to Cuba in the semifinals before beating Japan to win the bronze medal at the Summer Games in Beijing last month. He returned to the United States and joined the Giants' Triple-A team in Fresno before being called up last Tuesday.

Schierholtz struck out in the second against Pittsburgh, singled in the fourth and grounded into an inning-ending double-play in the sixth before leading off the eighth with a solo home run off reliever Jesse Chavez. He is the 10th San Francisco rookie to hit his first major league home run this season.

Members of Schierholtz's family had to barter for the return of the ball, which the young slugger will place alongside the bronze medal at his home for now.

"I wouldn't really compare those two," Schierholtz said. "The bronze is a huge deal just as far as being proud of playing for the U.S., but those two things within about a month's span feels pretty good."

McClain, the 36-year-old infielder who was called up from the minors on Monday, hit the first pitch he saw from reliever John Grabow for a two-run homer that capped San Francisco's five-run seventh inning. It came four days after McClain became the oldest position player to hit his first major league home run since 1955.

"That one felt a lot better than the first one, especially to do it here in San Francisco and put us ahead like that," McClain said. "It felt pretty good. I'm pretty happy about that."

Geno Espinelli (2-0) pitched a third of an inning for the win while closer Brian Wilson worked 1 2/3 innings for his 37th save in 40 chances despite giving up a run in the ninth. It was the longest save outing by Wilson since he got five outs against Milwaukee on Aug. 25, 2007.

Freddy Sanchez had four hits and two RBI for Pittsburgh, which blew a 4-1 lead and ruined a strong outing by starter Paul Maholm.

Maholm allowed seven hits over six innings and struck out five but was shut out of the decision after manager John Russell made the call to the bullpen.

"It wasn't an easy outing for him," Russell said. "He didn't have his stuff tonight and he found a way to get out of it. It was the time of the game he had done all he could do."

The Giants offense, which was stymied for most of the evening, came to life once Maholm left.

Reliever Denny Bautista (4-2) gave up four runs and three hits with a walk, retiring just two batters. Bautista left the game after allowing the tying run to score on a wild pitch followed by a single by Bengie Molina.

John Grabow came in, and McClain followed with a towering two-run home run to left to give San Francisco a 6-4 lead.

"Honestly I didn't think he was going to be swinging first pitch in that situation," Grabow said. "But obviously he was hitting first pitch heater and he got it so it's just one of those things."

San Francisco had lost eight of its previous 10 games.

Aurilia homered on a 1-0 pitch off Maholm leading off the fourth, ending a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings thrown by Pittsburgh pitchers at AT&T Park dating back to last season.

In a ceremony before the game the Giants unveiled a nine-foot bronze statue commemorating the career of Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda. Cepeda is the fourth former Giants player to have a statue erected in his honor, joining Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal.

As part of the day-long tribute to Cepeda, San Francisco players wore jerseys bearing the "GIGANTES" logo.

Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, attended the event but did not speak to the crowd.

Notes

Before the game the Giants purchased the contract of 3B Conor Gillaspie from Single-A Salem-Keizer and outrighted OF Clay Timpner to Triple-A Fresno. Gillaspie was the 37th player overall selected in last June's draft.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

F. Sanchez
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

S. McClain
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF4110103 .242
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5242000 .263
Nate McLouth, CF5032001 .278
Ryan Doumit, C3001101 .327
Adam LaRoche, 1B5020013 .264
Brandon Moss, RF5000013 .263
Andy LaRoche, 3B4130001 .184
Luis Cruz, SS2100003 .111
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1011000 .276
    Brian Bixler, PR-SS0000000 .167
Paul Maholm, P2100012 .103
   b- Chris Gomez, PH1000000 .287
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .200
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Michaels, PH1000011 .225
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Totals38614624  
a-singled for L. Cruz in the 8th
b-grounded out for Maholm in the 7th
c-struck out for Grabow in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (40, Cain), Adam LaRoche 2 (25, Cain, Cain), Andy LaRoche (5, T. Walker)
SF - Ryan Doumit (4)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez 2 (50), Nate McLouth 2 (82), Ryan Doumit (54), Doug Mientkiewicz (29)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (23), Nate McLouth 2 (36)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (6, 2nd base off Cain/Molina), Nate McLouth (19, 2nd base off Espineli/Molina), Andy LaRoche (2, 2nd base off Cain/Molina), Brian Bixler (1, 2nd base off Wilson/Sandoval)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - L. Cruz-F. Sanchez, F. Sanchez-L. Cruz-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 6711151 3.74
Denny Bautista (L,4-3) 0.2344100 4.64
John Grabow 0.1111001 3.11
Jesse Chavez 1211101 8.31
HBP - Rowand (by Paul Maholm)
WP - Denny Bautista (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 97-61, Denny Bautista 19-11, John Grabow 2-2, Jesse Chavez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-4, Denny Bautista 1-1, John Grabow 1-0, Jesse Chavez 2-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 25, Denny Bautista 6, John Grabow 2, Jesse Chavez 6
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, LF5120011 .310
Ivan Ochoa, 2B3000021 .227
   a- Pablo Sandoval, PH-C2122000 .351
Rich Aurilia, 3B5121013 .280
Bengie Molina, C4030001 .286
    Eugenio Velez, PR-2B0100000 .230
Scott McClain, 1B4122001 .500
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF3000002 .273
Nate Schierholtz, RF4121012 .474
Emmanuel Burriss, SS3000100 .276
Matt Cain, P2000003 .127
    Geno Espineli, P0000000 .000
   b- Dave Roberts, PH0100100 .224
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000100 .271
Totals35713635  
a-singled for Ochoa in the 7th
b-walked for Espineli in the 7th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (33, D. Bautista), Rich Aurilia (21, Maholm), Bengie Molina (29, Maholm)
HR - Rich Aurilia (10, Maholm), Scott McClain (2, Grabow), Nate Schierholtz (1, J. Chavez)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (8), Rich Aurilia (44), Scott McClain 2 (5), Nate Schierholtz (1)
2-OUT RBI - Scott McClain 2 (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate Schierholtz 1
DP - Ochoa-McClain
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6.21044120 3.75
Geno Espineli (W,2-0) 0.1000100 5.25
Alex Hinshaw (H,3) 0.1000000 3.82
Tyler Walker0111000 4.59
Brian Wilson (S,37) 1.2311020 4.04
IBB - Doumit by Geno Espineli
HBP - L. Cruz (by Matt Cain)
WP - Matt Cain (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 113-70, Geno Espineli 9-4, Alex Hinshaw 4-3, Tyler Walker 4-3, Brian Wilson 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 9-7, Geno Espineli 1-0, Alex Hinshaw 1-0, Brian Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 30, Geno Espineli 2, Alex Hinshaw 1, Tyler Walker 1, Brian Wilson 8
Game Information
Attendance - 38094
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian O'Nora