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SF benefits from Pirates' blunder, ends skid at 6

By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants ended their six-game losing streak in the most wacky way. They don't care how it happened, any break is welcome these days.

A timely, heads-up glance by Machi helped San Francisco take advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, and the Giants tagged out of two runners who wandered away on the same play to beat the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday.

''Just like we drew it up, right?'' second baseman Joe Panik quipped. ''We got lucky with that one. Everything happened so quick. Almost like Little League, a rundown, playing a game of `Pickle.'''

San Francisco stopped a skid that matched its longest of the season, and avoided the club's first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park.

The Pirates, who had won three in a row, led 5-4 in the sixth when Chris Stewart drew a one-out walk with runners on second and third.

Machi (6-0) got the ball back from the catcher and noticed Travis Snider had left second base, apparently thinking it was a bases-loaded walk.

''Absolutely! It was 100 percent mental error on my part,'' Snider said. ''Offensively, we could have made something happen. Honestly, I was thinking about getting to third base and if he walked I'd get to third. That's obviously not what you want to happen when you have first open. I take ownership for that mistake.''

Machi threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford to trap Snider in a rundown. Crawford tagged Snider, then saw Gaby Sanchez stray off third and break for home.

Crawford threw to Machi, who tossed back to third baseman Pablo Sandoval to get Sanchez.

''You don't see that very often. We got a break there,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''I haven't seen that. He must've thought the bases were loaded, going to third.''

Gregor Blanco hit a tying single in the seventh, and a passed ball by Stewart later in the inning put the Giants ahead. Justin Wilson (3-2) took the loss.

Santiago Casilla, San Francisco's fifth reliever after Tim Lincecum's short start, earned his eighth save in 11 chances.

Jordy Mercer hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Josh Harrison also connected for the Pirates. But the blunder on the bases left manager Clint Hurdle baffled.

''You know, I have a buddy and we always talk about how if you watch enough games you'll continually see something you have never seen before,'' he said. ''Unfortunately, that's the first time I've seen us walk into a double play.''

Bochy met with slumping Crawford before the game about tweaking his hitting mechanics, then moved him up to the No. 2 hole. Crawford's single started a three-run first on a day the Giants' runs were more than the six they had total in the previous six games.

HARRISON'S POP: Harrison's ninth home run was his fourth longball in as many games. The Pirates have nine homers in their last five games.

''We call it game-time pop,'' Hurdle said.

SUSAC'S FIRST HIT: Andrew Susac recorded his first career hit and RBI in the third for San Francisco. Starting at catcher as Buster Posey played first base, Susac was 0 for 5 in four games before his single. He was promoted Saturday from Triple-A Fresno with Hector Sanchez out because of a concussion.

''It's awesome. I can't explain how it feels,'' he said.

And the ball from his hit? ''I think my dad earned it.''

QUOTABLE: On his 57th birthday, Hurdle offered: ''All I want for my birthday is another birthday. I'm good now and could go out tomorrow and have no regrets.''

TRAINER'S ROOM: Pirates: Outfielder Starling Marte needs more time to recover on the concussion list and wasn't activated Wednesday when eligible. He went through his first full workout Tuesday, then had a recovery day Wednesday. He is likely to need a rehab assignment.

Giants: Bochy is optimistic of getting first baseman Brandon Belt back from a concussion as soon as this weekend against the Mets in New York, while center fielder Angel Pagan could play in a rehab game in the next couple of days in Arizona as he returns from an inflamed back. Right-hander Matt Cain was being re-evaluated Wednesday as he tries to recover from an elbow injury in his throwing arm.

ON DECK: Pirates: Jeff Locke (2-2) starts Thursday night at Arizona.

Giants: Ryan Vogelsong (5-8) pitches Friday night vs. the Mets at Citi Field to start an 11-day, 10-game road trip.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Mercer
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B5112012.297.335.474
Gregory Polanco, RF4010000.243.314.341
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000021.306.406.534
Neil Walker, 2B4110000.281.351.457
Ike Davis, 1B1000100.244.355.374
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B0000200.225.294.393
Travis Snider, LF4111001.257.335.409
Jordy Mercer, SS3112011.254.296.370
Chris Stewart, C2010203.274.369.305
Charlie Morton, P1100111.057.083.057
   Jared Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Michael Martinez, PH1000000.125.222.125
   Justin Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jeanmar Gomez, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Pedro Alvarez, PH1000001.235.323.403
Totals3056565    
a-walked for Davis in the 6th
b-grounded out for Hughes in the 7th
c-flied out for Frieri in the 9th
Batting
2B - Neil Walker (15, Lincecum)
HR - Josh Harrison (9, Lincecum), Jordy Mercer (7, Lincecum)
SH - Jordy Mercer (4)
RBI - Josh Harrison 2 (37), Travis Snider (22), Jordy Mercer 2 (35)
SB - Gregory Polanco (7, 2nd base off Lincecum/Susac)
CS - Travis Snider (1, 3rd base by Machi/Susac)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Harrison-Walker-Davis
E - Neil Walker (3, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Chris Stewart (5)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton 5944320 3.54
Jared Hughes (H,7) 1000000 1.84
Justin Wilson (L,3-2; BS,2) 1221110 4.73
Jeanmar Gomez 0.1110100 3.54
Ernesto Frieri 0.2000010 7.26
WP - Charlie Morton (7)
HBP - Blanco (by Charlie Morton)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 95-54, Jared Hughes 13-8, Justin Wilson 21-13, Jeanmar Gomez 19-11, Ernesto Frieri 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 5-7, Jared Hughes 2-1, Justin Wilson 2-0, Jeanmar Gomez 1-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 27, Jared Hughes 3, Justin Wilson 6, Jeanmar Gomez 4, Ernesto Frieri 2
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Hunter Pence, RF5010000.289.343.457
Brandon Crawford, SS3210200.234.321.396
Buster Posey, 1B5110002.282.343.434
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4221102.277.326.425
Michael Morse, LF3021102.276.328.479
   Juan Perez, PR-LF1100002.152.204.261
Joe Panik, 2B4111113.214.282.243
Gregor Blanco, CF3032000.245.321.315
Andrew Susac, C4011024.125.222.125
Tim Lincecum, P2000004.079.167.079
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Tyler Colvin, PH1000011.223.268.381
   Javier Lopez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jean Machi, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Joaquin Arias, PH1000001.191.219.206
   Sergio Romo, P0000000.000.000.000
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals36712654    
a-struck out for Gutierrez in the 5th
b-grounded out for Machi in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (45), Michael Morse (49), Joe Panik (5), Gregor Blanco 2 (19), Andrew Susac (1)
SB - Hunter Pence (10, 2nd base off Morton/Stewart)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Machi-Crawford-Sandoval
E - Brandon Crawford (16, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum 3.1555322 4.21
Juan Gutierrez 1.2000010 2.74
Javier Lopez 0000100 2.31
Jean Machi (W,6-0) 2000100 1.55
Sergio Romo (H,2) 1000110 4.83
Santiago Casilla (S,8) 1100010 1.13
WP - Tim Lincecum 2 (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 78-46, Juan Gutierrez 13-11, Javier Lopez 8-3, Jean Machi 17-9, Sergio Romo 18-8, Santiago Casilla 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-1, Javier Lopez 1-0, Jean Machi 3-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 17, Juan Gutierrez 5, Javier Lopez 2, Jean Machi 5, Sergio Romo 4, Santiago Casilla 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42272
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Brian Knight