Andrew McCutchen's return to Pittsburgh was awesome

Andrew McCutchen's return to Pittsburgh was awesome

Tallion was sharp in his previous outing, limiting the Brewers to one run in five innings, finishing with the no decision in a game the Pirates lost. Other offensive leaders for the Bucs included Josh Bell, who finished with two hits and two runs, and Gregory Polanco, who had a hit and two runs.

Suárez surrendered a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to Pirates center fielder Starling Marte, but escaped a jam later in the frame after walking back-to-back hitters. Even with the offense, the winning run in Saturday's 6-5 win came when Jordy Mercer got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth. He would drive in the go-ahead run after being plunked by Tony Watson, putting the Pirates up 6-5, a lead which they would not relinquish in the top of the ninth inning. The Giants won five of six games against the Pirates last season.

The Pirates' hitting philosophy is to hunt pitches up in the zone.

"I think they're trying to get their swings in good spots to maximize contact", Hurdle said. He doesn't have a win in his past 12 road starts, with his last win coming last May 21 against Seattle.

After Holland retired pinch hitter Adam Frazier in the top of the seventh, manager Bruce Bochy tabbed Reyes Moronta to replace his starter, who finished the day with four hits allowed and seven strikeouts.

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Andrew Suarez will make his fourth start of the season, targeting his second straight win.

Watson spent seven years with the Pirates and was a reliable relief pitcher. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of past year. However, towards the end of the game Hanson had to be removed with hamstring tightness. That being said, as you will see below, I'm okay using motivation as a tie-breaker. The Giants remain in third place and are just four games back of the division leading Diamondbacks.

McCutchen, a former MVP who was traded to the Giants in January, has gotten ovations all weekend from fans at PNC Park who appreciated his nine seasons with the Pirates. "Part of me needs to be positive in this game but we'll keep that to myself and it is what it is".

Salvaging the final game of a three-game set and ending a losing skid before flying home was possible thanks to Holland, who turned in his best start of the year and pitched his way around leadoff base runners in three different innings. "Need to be better".

Now the Giants hope for a boost for their pitching stuff.

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