04/21 15:52 CDT Posey ends long homerless drought, Giants edge Pirates 3-2
Posey ends long homerless drought, Giants edge Pirates 3-2
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Buster Posey snapped the longest homerless drought of his
career with a three-run shot and tagged out Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang at the
plate for the final out as the San Francisco Giants edged the Pirates 3-2 on
Posey sent a fastball from Chris Archer (1-1) just over the fence in center
field with one out in the fifth to give the Giants the lead. The home run was
the first for the six-time All-Star catcher since he went deep against the
Miami Marlins on June 19, 2018, a span of 237 at-bats.
Posey's first home run against the Pirates in 49 career games was just enough
for San Francisco to end Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak. Derek Rodriguez
(3-2) allowed two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings to win his second
straight start, striking out four and walking one.
Will Smith earned his fifth save of the season with some help from his defense.
Kang was on first with two outs after reaching on a fielder's choice when
Pittsburgh rookie Bryan Reynolds laced a double to the right-field corner.
Third base coach Joey Cora waved Kang home, but the relay throw from second
baseman Joe Panik to Posey beat Kang by a good two steps.
Rodriguez's lone mistake came in the fourth, when he left an 84-mph changeup
over the middle of the plate and Josh Bell mashed it over the stands in right
field for a two-run homer that put the Pirates in front.
San Francisco erased the deficit quickly. Rodriguez and Steven Duggar led off
the fifth with singles. Posey stepped in one batter later and hit the 134th
home run of his career.
Rodriguez and three relievers made it stand up to cool off the NL's hottest
team. The Pirates began the day with the best record in the league thanks to a
starting rotation that's held opponents in check even as Pittsburgh's offense
has occasionally sputtered.
Archer, however, wasn't exactly crisp. He allowed at least one baserunner in
each of the first four innings but managed to escape unscathed each time. He
wasn't as fortunate in the fifth, and Posey's home run nudged the ERA of
Pittsburgh's starting rotation from 1.96 to 2.11. Archer gave up six hits with
two walks and two strikeouts.
Reynolds, who singled in his major league-debut on Saturday, had three of
Pittsburgh's four hits. Fellow rookie Cole Tucker, who hit a go-ahead two-run
home run in a rain-shortened 3-1 victory on Saturday, doubled leading off the
fourth and scored on Bell's fourth home run of the season.
Pirates: Placed C Jacob Stallings on the 10-day injured list retroactive to
April 18 with a cervical neck strain. Pittsburgh filled Stallings' roster spot
by activating C Elias Diaz off the 10-day injured list. Diaz missed the team's
first 18 games while dealing with a virus he was diagnosed with during spring
Giants: Are off Monday and wrap up an eight-game trip on Tuesday when they
begin a two-game set at Toronto. Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.91 ERA) starts against
Trent Thornton (0-2, 5.40).
Pirates: Open a four-game home set with Arizona on Monday. Joe Musgrove (1-0,
0.81) faces Zack Godley (1-1, 6.26) in the opener.
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