The Pirates came back from the All-Star break on Friday and beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 14 innings. Garrett Jones offered all the scoring with homers in the bottom of the first and a thrilling walk-off shot in the bottom of the 14th to put the Bucs in the win column. Evan Meek (1-0) was the seventh Pirates pitcher used, and his inning of work resulted in him getting the decision.
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The Pirates' pitching ruled the day Saturday as the Bucs beat the Giants 2-0 at PNC Park. Starter Charlie Morton (2-2) worked seven great innings and Ryan Doumit's sacrifice fly put him over the top. Morton pitched seven innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out six. Matt Capps pitched an inning for his 20th save.
The pitching couldn't hold the Giants down on Sunday, as the Pirates lost 4-3. After the Bucs plated a run in the second, the Giants scored four in the top of the sixth and prevailed despite the Pirates' efforts in the bottom of the eighth, when two Bucs crossed the plate. Zach Duke (8-9) pitched well until the sixth. He threw seven innings, giving up seven hits, four earned runs, walked one and struck out five.
The Pirates didn't let the rain stop them Monday as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 despite a two hour and 10 minute rain delay. The Bucs sent nine to the plate in the bottom of the first to bring in four runs, including Delwyn Young's three-run blast, and Garrett Jones had a solo shot in the sixth inning. Ross Ohlendorf (8-7) pitched five innings, giving up seven hits, two earned runs, walking two and striking out two.
Not much happened right for the Pirates on Tuesday in their 2-0 loss to the Brewers. Despite 6 2/3 innings of effective work by losing pitcher Virgil Vasquez (1-4), it went for naught. With just four hits, and not one with a runner in scoring position, the Pirates wasted Vasquez's effort and were shut out for the eighth time this season.
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