Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Clint Barmes hit a three-run home run in
the seventh inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 win over the San
Francisco Giants in the second of a four-game set.
Barmes' home run made a winner out of Charlie Morton (5-3), who gave up one
run on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings for the
Pirates, who have won four of their last five.
The win allowed Pittsburgh to stay a game ahead of St. Louis for first place
in the NL Central as the Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves earlier on
San Francisco, meanwhile, has lost five of its last six games and sits dead
last in the NL West.
Roger Kieschnick drove in the lone run of the game for the Giants, who saw
starter Madison Bumgarner (11-8) drop his second straight decision after
giving up three runs on seven hits in eight innings of work.
"They got a big clutch hit there and that was the game," said San Francisco
manager Bruce Bochy. "Bumgarner pitched a great game and that's the way it
The first run of this game came across in the fourth inning as Buster Posey
doubled with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch from Morton.
Kieschnick brought him home with a single to left for a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh had stranded a man on base in four of the first six innings, but
took the lead in the seventh.
Gaby Sanchez singled to start the inning and Josh Harrison followed with a
base hit. After Neil Walker moved the runners over a bag with a sacrifice
bunt, Barmes golfed a low pitch just over the left field wall for his fourth
home run of the season and a 3-1 lead.
After getting an inning-ending double play in the seventh, Morton got the
first two batters out in the eighth before giving up a double to Brandon
Tony Watson took over and got Brandon Belt to look at strike three to end the
Mark Melancon came out to close the game in the ninth and gave up an infield
single to Hunter Pence with one out, but then got Pablo Sandoval to groundout
and struck out Kieschnick for his ninth save of the season.
Pittsburgh has taken four of five from San Francisco this season ... Both
teams left six men on base ... Bumgarner is 1-2 over three outings against
the Pirates ... Morton improved to 2-5 in nine starts against the Giants ...
The Giants placed pitcher Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and
purchased the contract of pitcher Yusmeiro Petit from Triple-A Fresno. Also,
the team optioned infielder Nick Noonan to Fresno and recalled pitcher Mike
Kickham from Fresno.
08/24 01:17:41 ET
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