Giants’ starter Matt Cain, in his last six starts against the Pirates, was 3-0, had 15.2 scoreless innings and sported a 1.24 ERA.
Three straight Pirates’ singles to start the game ended the scoreless streak and a line drive off the bat of Gaby Sanchez ricocheted off Cain’s right forearm in the third inning to end Cain’s night sending him for X-Rays.
”It caught me pretty good. It didn’t feel right off the bat,” Cain said.
“It’s definitely not what we had planned with Pittsburgh coming in.”
The Pirates took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning as the Giants’ Marco Scutaro picked up a two-out, 2-run RBI single to center field scoring Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco to tie the game.
Guillermo Moscoso, in relief of Cain, proceeded to hit Padro Alvarez to lead off the top off the fifth, then walked the next two Pirates to loaded the bases to the delight of Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy who yanked Moscoso faster than you could say Saltalamacchia.
The Pirates wound up scoring 7 runs in the inning as Jose Mijares didn’t fare any better in relief of Moscoso.
Andrew McCutchen, the All-Star Pirates’ centerfielder, drove in two runs and was 2 for 3 raising his batting average to .321.
McCutchen is the only player batting over .300 for the first-place Pirates who lead the Cardinals by one game.
Brett Pill went 3 for 4 for the Giants which, as a team, managed eight hits.
Jeanmar Gomez (3-0) got the win and Guillermo Moscoso (1-2) took the loss for the Giants (56-71).
Pitching match-ups for the rest of the series:
Friday - Charlie Morton (4-3) v Madison Bumgarner (11-7)
Saturday - Francisco Liriano (14-5) v Tim Lincecum(6-13)
Sunday - AJ Burnett (6-8) v Ryan Vogelsong (2-4)
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