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Pirates Beat Giants, Rubber Match Set For Sunday Afternoon

The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. 

Runs were at a premium for the game’s nine innings, and after going into extras, both teams combined for a total of five runs in a wild 10th inning.  When the dust settled, the Pirates held on for a narrow one-run victory.

Bryan Reynolds, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Connor Joe each had two hits to lead the Pirates, including back-to-back homeruns in the 10th by Reynolds and Hayes which would end up being the difference in the game.

Martin Perez started for Pittsburgh, giving up one unearned run on four hits in six innings of work.  Hunter Stratton won his first game of the season, while David Bednar, despite giving up two more runs (one earned) in the 10th, secured his fifth save of the season.

Jordan Hicks was solid on the mound for San Francisco, giving up one run on five hits with nine strikeouts in six innings.  The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, when Wilmer Flores doubled to center field, scoring Nick Ahmed to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.  The Pirates answered their next time at the plate when Rowdy Tellez’s sacrifice fly scored joe to make it 1-1.

The game remained tied until the top of the 10th, when Reynolds laced a line drive homerun to left field, scoring Alika Williams to make it 3-1.  For Reynolds, it was his fourth of the season and couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bucs.  A solo homerun by Hayes followed, which would end up being the game-winning hit.

Bednar’s season troubles continued in the 10th, giving up a monster two-run homerun to Jorge Soler, his fifth of the season, to cut the lead to a single run at 4-3.  But the Bucs’ closer struck out the final two batters of the game to secure the victory.

This was a tightly-contested game from start to finish.  The Pirates really need to start stringing some wins together in order to remain relevant in their division this early in the season.  It starts with one victory, which they were able to get on Saturday.

The Bucs and Giants will face off in the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon.  Jared Jones will be on the bump for Pittsburgh against Keaton Winn for San Francisco.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm.

Record vs. Giants: 1-1

Record vs. N.L. West: 1-1

Record on the Road: 9-7

Overall Record: 14-14

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor