Rodriguez sparkles again, Giants beat Pirates 4-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A year ago, Dereck Rodriguez was down in Double-A ball, a converted outfielder hoping to take a new path as a pitcher.

A non-roster invite to spring training, Rodriguez finally got the call to the majors in late May.

Since then, he's sparkled.

Rodriguez threw seven innings of two-hit ball to continue his fine rookie season and San Francisco beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Sunday.

''He finds a way,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''He's just been so consistent getting us deep in the game. What a job he's done since he's come up. It's a great story.''

Rodriguez (6-1) faced three batters over the minimum, allowing one run with four strikeouts and a walk. Both hits off him came in the second inning.

The 26-year-old righty has a 2.25 ERA, lowest among NL rookies.

''He stayed off the barrel,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''I didn't think we got caught up in overswinging at all. We were trying to square him up, trying to hit it hard where he pitched it. We were unable to do a whole lot of that.''

Rodriguez has been San Francisco's most consistent pitcher this season. He is tied for the team lead in wins and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last eight starts.

''After every start I sit back and look at what's been happening the last couple of months,'' Rodriguez said. ''From where I was this time last year to where I'm at this year, it's a big change.''

With five consecutive wins, Bochy believes Rodriguez deserves to be in the discussion for rookie of the year.

''You look at how consistent he's been, you look at the numbers, without question he has to be in that talk and consideration,'' Bochy said. ''He's doing all he can do and more than we thought. We knew he would be pretty good but he's even exceeded that.''

Nick Hundley and Joe Panik each drove in two runs for the Giant and Gorkys Hernandez scored twice.

Starling Marte had a two-run double for the Pirates.

The Giants went 2-4 on their six-game homestand largely because their bullpen failed to hold two late leads against Houston, including one that cost Rodriguez a chance to win.

It nearly happened again.

Pittsburgh scored twice on Marte's two-out double off reliever Reyes Moronta in the eighth, but Tony Watson retired Gregory Polanco with the tying run on second.

Will Smith pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Hundley hit an RBI triple off Joe Musgrove (4-7) in the third and singled home a run in the fourth.

LITTLE SUPPORT

Musgrove allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one but got little run support for the third consecutive start. Pittsburgh was shut out in Musgrove's previous two starts and scored only one run while he was on the mound Sunday.

''It's not my job to worry about that,'' Musgrove said. ''I feel like I'm continuing to throw the ball really well right now.''

PIRATES MOVE

Pittsburgh utility player Christopher Bostick was acquired by Miami for cash. Bostick, who played in two games for the Pirates this season, was designated for assignment last week.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli did not start after getting hit in the facemask by a foul tip in the first inning of Saturday's game. Cervelli struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

Giants: RHP Hunter Strickland (fractured right hand) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. The reliever is eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 18.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (9-8, 3.63 ERA) faces the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday. Taillon is 5-1 in his previous seven road starts.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 2.69) opposes Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday. Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings against Houston in his most recent start.

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  • W: D. Rodriguez (6-1)L: J. Musgrove (4-7)S: W. Smith (8)
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C. Dickerson LF40000012.305.337.488.825-0.5
S. Marte CF40120000.277.321.469.7904.0
G. Polanco RF40000011.242.334.489.823-0.5
J. Bell 1B41100020.267.347.417.7642.0
C. Moran 3B30000001.268.336.391.7270.0
a- F. Cervelli PH10000010.255.384.463.847-0.5
E. Diaz C30110100.293.341.462.8024.0
A. Frazier 2B21000102.285.350.435.7852.0
J. Mercer SS31100012.262.327.397.7251.5
J. Musgrove P20000011.211.211.263.474-0.5
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Freese PH10000012.290.345.471.816-0.5
K. Kela P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Moran in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Santana in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF40000021.255.356.415.770-1.0
A. Slater 1B40000011.295.414.337.751-0.5
E. Longoria 3B40000011.255.290.439.730-0.5
B. Crawford SS31100110.276.348.433.7813.5
G. Hernandez LF42100011.258.311.432.7431.5
J. Panik 2B30120000.237.300.346.6473.0
S. Duggar CF31200001.263.317.379.6963.0
N. Hundley C30220011.249.296.463.7605.5
D. Rodriguez P20000013.048.048.095.143-0.5
a- A. Hanson PH10000000.281.305.476.7810.0
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Rodriguez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (19), J. Bell (24), E. Diaz (11)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (57), E. Diaz (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Polanco, J. Mercer, J. Musgrove
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (27)
  • 3B - N. Hundley (2)
  • SF - J. Panik (3)
  • RBI - J. Panik 2 (18), N. Hundley 2 (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Hundley (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Slater, E. Longoria, N. Hundley, D. Rodriguez 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Hernandez (3)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mercer 2 (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)6.07431603.491.238.0
E. Santana1.00000102.701.093.5
K. Kela1.00000103.021.103.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)6.0
E. Santana1.0
K. Kela1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)7.02111402.251.0029.0
R. Moronta (H, 11)0.11221102.051.04-3.5
T. Watson (H, 25)0.21000102.281.05-0.5
W. Smith (S, 8)1.00000202.110.8311.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)7.0
R. Moronta (H, 11)0.1
T. Watson (H, 25)0.2
W. Smith (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 92-70, E. Santana 9-7, K. Kela 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 7-5, E. Santana 2-1, K. Kela 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 26, E. Santana 4, K. Kela 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Rodriguez 101-61, R. Moronta 15-8, T. Watson 14-10, W. Smith 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Rodriguez 7-10
  • Batters Faced - D. Rodriguez 24, R. Moronta 3, T. Watson 3, W. Smith 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Dickerson LF40000012.305.337.488.825-0.5
S. Marte CF40120000.277.321.469.7904.0
G. Polanco RF40000011.242.334.489.823-0.5
J. Bell 1B41100020.267.347.417.7642.0
C. Moran 3B30000001.268.336.391.7270.0
a- F. Cervelli PH10000010.255.384.463.847-0.5
E. Diaz C30110100.293.341.462.8024.0
A. Frazier 2B21000102.285.350.435.7852.0
J. Mercer SS31100012.262.327.397.7251.5
J. Musgrove P20000011.211.211.263.474-0.5
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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K. Kela P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Moran in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Santana in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF40000021.255.356.415.770-1.0
A. Slater 1B40000011.295.414.337.751-0.5
E. Longoria 3B40000011.255.290.439.730-0.5
B. Crawford SS31100110.276.348.433.7813.5
G. Hernandez LF42100011.258.311.432.7431.5
J. Panik 2B30120000.237.300.346.6473.0
S. Duggar CF31200001.263.317.379.6963.0
N. Hundley C30220011.249.296.463.7605.5
D. Rodriguez P20000013.048.048.095.143-0.5
a- A. Hanson PH10000000.281.305.476.7810.0
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Rodriguez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (19), J. Bell (24), E. Diaz (11)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (57), E. Diaz (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Polanco, J. Mercer, J. Musgrove
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (27)
  • 3B - N. Hundley (2)
  • SF - J. Panik (3)
  • RBI - J. Panik 2 (18), N. Hundley 2 (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Hundley (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Slater, E. Longoria, N. Hundley, D. Rodriguez 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Hernandez (3)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mercer 2 (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)6.07431603.491.238.0
E. Santana1.00000102.701.093.5
K. Kela1.00000103.021.103.5
Total8.0743180---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 4-7)6.0
E. Santana1.0
K. Kela1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)7.02111402.251.0029.0
R. Moronta (H, 11)0.11221102.051.04-3.5
T. Watson (H, 25)0.21000102.281.05-0.5
W. Smith (S, 8)1.00000202.110.8311.0
Total9.0433280---
PITCHERSIP
D. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)7.0
R. Moronta (H, 11)0.1
T. Watson (H, 25)0.2
W. Smith (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 92-70, E. Santana 9-7, K. Kela 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 7-5, E. Santana 2-1, K. Kela 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 26, E. Santana 4, K. Kela 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Rodriguez 101-61, R. Moronta 15-8, T. Watson 14-10, W. Smith 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Rodriguez 7-10
  • Batters Faced - D. Rodriguez 24, R. Moronta 3, T. Watson 3, W. Smith 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Marte doubled to deep right, Frazier and Mercer scored34
  • 6TH INNING
    Panik singled to shallow center, Hernandez scored14
  • 4TH INNING
    Hundley reached on an infield single to third, Hernandez scored, Duggar to second13
    Panik hit sacrifice fly to right, Crawford scored12
  • 3RD INNING
    Hundley tripled to deep right center, Duggar scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Diaz doubled to left, Bell scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Smith relieved Tony Watson
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • Francisco Cervelli hit for Colin Moran
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Reyes Moronta pitching
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mercer reached on an infield single to third, Frazier to second
    • David Freese hit for Edgar Santana
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • Tony Watson relieved Reyes Moronta
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Marte doubled to deep right, Frazier and Mercer scored
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Keone Kela pitching
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to catcher
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Strike swinging, Panik grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell fouled out to third
    • C. Moran: Foul, Moran lined out to left
    • E. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edgar Santana relieved Joe Musgrove
    • Alen Hanson hit for Dereck Rodriguez
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Hanson fouled out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Slater safe at first on shortstop Mercer throwing error
    • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte fouled out to first
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Crawford walked
    • G. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Crawford out at second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Hernandez out at second on shortstop Mercer fielding error, Hernandez stole second, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Panik singled to shallow center, Hernandez scored
    • S. Duggar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Duggar reached on fielder's choice to second, Panik out at second
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hundley struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier lined out to right
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mercer lined out to left
    • J. Musgrove: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Musgrove struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Slater: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria popped out to second
    • B. Crawford: Crawford doubled to left
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez reached on an infield single to second, Crawford to third
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Panik hit sacrifice fly to right, Crawford scored
    • S. Duggar: Duggar reached on an infield single to first, Hernandez to third
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Hundley reached on an infield single to third, Hernandez scored, Duggar to second
    • D. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Musgrove: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Musgrove grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dickerson lined out to first
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Duggar singled to shallow right
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Hundley tripled to deep right center, Duggar scored
    • D. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Foul, Slater fouled out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell doubled to left
    • C. Moran: Moran flied out to center
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Diaz doubled to left, Bell scored
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to second, Diaz to third
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Mercer struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to deep center
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Panik grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Slater: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Slater grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)