Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker both drove home three runs, and Starling Marte set career highs with four hits and four RBI’s, and the Pittsburgh Pirates used 18 hits to charge to a 12-8 home victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Walker slammed a video-reviewed home run, and Alex Presley provided a pinch-hit homer. McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez and Jordy Mercer all recorded three hits. Sanchez and Pedro Alvarez both contributed RBI doubles. Russell Martin drove in a pair of runs. During the course of the contest, the Bucs (39-26) held leads of 10-4 and 11-6.
Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano (5-2; 2.36 ERA) earned the win, working six innings, allowing four runs and eight hits, striking out two batters and walking three.
Tony Abreu went 3-for-5 with three runs scored for the Giants (33-31), and Joaquin Arias drove home three runs. The loss went to Giants starter Barry Zito (4-5; 4.79 ERA), who left the game after 4-and-two-thirds innings. He surrendered eight runs and eleven hits, struck out four batters and walked one.
Whet the Pirates try for a three-game sweep of the Giants at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, Bucs fans will see the season debut of Charlie Morton, who will be starting a comeback from last year’s “Tommy John” surgery. San Francisco is expected to counter with Matt Cain (4-3; 5.09 ERA).