Williams helps Pirates blank Giants 4-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates lead the major leagues with 13 shutouts. Trevor Williams was the starting pitcher in seven of them.

Manager Clint Hurdle doesn't think it's a coincidence, either.

Williams and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, and the Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Saturday night.

''He sets the tone for things,'' Hurdle said. ''When that fastball has the finish like it had tonight, that's when you're seeing the outings that you see him string together. He keeps everybody engaged.''

Williams (10-8) allowed five hits and walked one in seven innings. The right-hander has allowed two runs over his last 29 innings - a 0.62 ERA.

''It's the work in between starts,'' Williams said. ''(Pitching coach Ray Searage) and I highlighted stuff that we needed to work on and made it more process-driven. We recognized right away that it was my four-seam and sinker tonight were going to play.''

Williams had been scheduled to pitch a day earlier, but Hurdle went with Clay Holmes to give the rest of the rotation extra rest.

It worked just fine.

''He's pitching down in the zone and getting a lot of early contact,'' Pirates first baseman Josh Bell said. ''He keeps us off our feet and keeps us in the dugout.''

Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez each retired three batters to complete the shutout.

Bell homered for the second time in three days. Elias Diaz added two hits for the Pirates after coming in as an injury replacement for Francisco Cervelli.

The start of the game was delayed for a ceremony honoring home run king Barry Bonds, who became the 10th player in Giants history to have his jersey retired. Several of his former teammates and managers, including Dusty Baker and Jim Leyland, were on hand.

Williams was warming up in right field when Bonds jogged out to greet the fans in the left field stands.

''I felt like such a jerk out there,'' Williams said. ''It was weird timing. I felt like all the eyeballs were burning a hole through me.''

Buster Posey and Evan Longoria had two hits apiece for San Francisco. The Giants have lost nine of their last 11 home games.

''You could feel the crowd, the energy. We just couldn't get it going offensively,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ''The three-run homer, that's a pretty good punch there.''

Bell continued his strong series since coming off the disabled list earlier in the week. He stopped a 0-for-13 slide with a homer on Thursday, and then had three hits on Friday.

After grounding into a double play in his first at-bat Saturday, Bell hit his eighth homer off Ty Blach (6-7) in the fourth. Bell's three-run drive came after Gregory Polanco bunted for a leadoff hit and David Freese reached on an infield single.

Blach allowed four runs over four innings in his first start since May 27.

DANDY DEBUT

In his first major league appearance since 2016 with Atlanta, Casey Kelly made quite a Giants debut a day after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings in relief. He could be a candidate to start Friday at Cincinnati when the Giants need a fifth starter again.

''What a great job he did,'' Bochy said. ''Really pitched well. He's been throwing the ball well. That's why he's up here.''

WORTH NOTING

The Pirates called up left-hander Buddy Boshers and right-hander Michael Feliz from Triple-A Indianapolis. Right-handers Clay Holmes and Casey Sadley were sent down.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Cervelli left in the fourth as a precaution getting hit in the facemask by a foul tip in the first. Cervelli has had concussion issues in the past.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (hyperextended knee) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.34 ERA) pitches the series finale for San Francisco. Rodriguez leads NL rookies in ERA and is tied for second in wins. Right-hander Joe Musgrove (4-6, 3.41 ERA) goes for the Pirates.

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  • HR: PIT - J. Bell (8)
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    B. Posey C40200000.298.370.404.7742.0
    E. Longoria 3B40200003.259.294.445.7392.0
    B. Crawford SS40000003.276.346.431.7780.0
    A. Slater 1B30100000.308.429.352.7801.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - J. Bell (8)
      • SF - C. Dickerson (4)
      • SH - T. Williams (4)
      • RBI - C. Dickerson (46), J. Bell 3 (54)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Bell, J. Harrison
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria 2 (2), B. Crawford, J. Panik
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Hanson (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Harrison-Mercer-Bell; Harrison-Mercer-Bell)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Crawford-Panik-Slater)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (W, 10-8)7.05001203.661.2426.0
      K. Kela1.00000003.101.133.0
      F. Vazquez1.01000002.941.242.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (W, 10-8)7.0
      K. Kela1.0
      F. Vazquez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Blach (L, 6-7)4.04442514.471.53-0.5
      C. Kelly5.02000300.000.4014.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Blach (L, 6-7)4.0
      C. Kelly5.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 104-64, K. Kela 9-5, F. Vazquez 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 8-9, K. Kela 1-2, F. Vazquez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 25, K. Kela 3, F. Vazquez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 67-42, C. Kelly 58-42
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 5-1, C. Kelly 8-4
      • Batters Faced - T. Blach 17, C. Kelly 17
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      G. Polanco RF41100010.245.337.495.8321.5
      D. Freese 3B41100010.292.346.474.8201.5
      F. Cervelli C10000112.257.385.465.8500.5
      E. Diaz C20200000.293.338.459.7962.0
      J. Bell 1B41131013.268.348.416.7647.5
      J. Harrison 2B31000121.254.298.366.6641.0
      J. Mercer SS30100000.261.327.398.7251.0
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        B. Posey C40200000.298.370.404.7742.0
        E. Longoria 3B40200003.259.294.445.7392.0
        B. Crawford SS40000003.276.346.431.7780.0
        A. Slater 1B30100000.308.429.352.7801.0
        A. Hanson LF-2B30100001.282.306.478.7840.0
        J. Panik 2B20000002.236.301.347.6480.0
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        Total300600129-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Bell (8)
          • SF - C. Dickerson (4)
          • SH - T. Williams (4)
          • RBI - C. Dickerson (46), J. Bell 3 (54)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Bell, J. Harrison
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria 2 (2), B. Crawford, J. Panik
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. Hanson (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Harrison-Mercer-Bell; Harrison-Mercer-Bell)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Crawford-Panik-Slater)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Williams (W, 10-8)7.05001203.661.2426.0
          K. Kela1.00000003.101.133.0
          F. Vazquez1.01000002.941.242.0
          Total9.0600120---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Williams (W, 10-8)7.0
          K. Kela1.0
          F. Vazquez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Blach (L, 6-7)4.04442514.471.53-0.5
          C. Kelly5.02000300.000.4014.5
          Total9.0644281---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Blach (L, 6-7)4.0
          C. Kelly5.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 104-64, K. Kela 9-5, F. Vazquez 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 8-9, K. Kela 1-2, F. Vazquez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Williams 25, K. Kela 3, F. Vazquez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 67-42, C. Kelly 58-42
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 5-1, C. Kelly 8-4
          • Batters Faced - T. Blach 17, C. Kelly 17
          • 4TH INNING
            Bell homered to left, Polanco and Freese scored40
          • 3RD INNING
            Dickerson hit sacrifice fly to center, Harrison scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kelly Pitching:
            • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freese grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Diaz: Ball, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to second, Diaz to second
            • J. Harrison: Harrison lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Felipe Vazquez relieved Keone Kela
            • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Posey grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Longoria singled to right
            • B. Crawford: Foul, Crawford grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Longoria out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Kelly Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson lined out to center
            • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to third
            • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Keone Kela relieved Trevor Williams
            • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duggar flied out to deep center
            • G. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez fouled out to first
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kelly Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Foul, Mercer fouled out to first
            • T. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Williams grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • A. Slater: Foul, Ball, Slater grounded out to third
            • A. Hanson: Foul, Ball, Hanson flied out to right
            • C. Kelly: Ball, Foul, Kelly grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kelly Pitching:
            • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Freese grounded out to second
            • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz singled to center
            • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey lined out to center
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria singled to center
            • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Longoria out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Casey Kelly pitching
            • Gorkys Hernandez in left field
            • T. Williams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Williams grounded out to third
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson flied out to deep left
            • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • S. Duggar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Duggar grounded out to second
            • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • G. Polanco: Polanco reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Freese reached on an infield single to pitcher, Polanco to second
            • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
            • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell homered to left, Polanco and Freese scored
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Elias Diaz catching
            • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Crawford grounded out to second
            • A. Slater: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Slater singled to right
            • A. Hanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Hanson reached on fielder's choice to second, Slater out at second
            • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Panik flied out to deep right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harrison walked
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer singled to center, Harrison to second
            • T. Williams: Williams hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Harrison to third, Mercer to second
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Dickerson hit sacrifice fly to center, Harrison scored
            • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duggar fouled out to left
            • T. Blach: Ball, Strike looking, Blach grounded out to second
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • B. Posey: Posey singled to center, McCutchen to second
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Longoria flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
            • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli walked
            • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cervelli out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • A. Slater: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Slater lined out to right
            • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hanson reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik popped out to shortstop
            • S. Duggar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hanson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
            • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
            • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, McCutchen struck out on foul tip
            • B. Posey: Foul, Foul, Posey singled to right
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria popped out to first
            • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Foul, Crawford flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)