Span scores on wild pitch in 11th as Giants jolt Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Denard Span scored on a wild pitch in the 11th inning Saturday as the San Francisco Giants won their fifth game in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Span walked with one out. He advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on Joe Panik's single to left. After Hunter Pence struck out, reliever Daniel Hudson (1-4) walked Buster Posey, but the fourth ball was wild and Span raced home.
The fifth straight win matches the season high for the Giants (32-51).
Pittsburgh (37-44) reached the halfway point of season with a two-game losing streak.
Josh Osich (2-1) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Sam Dyson pitched the 11th for his first save.
San Francisco starter Matt Moore has been inconsistent all season, but had one of his better outings, if a little on the short side. He allowed one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and six walks in the no-decision.
Moore is 1-4 in his past eight starts.
Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl, facing San Francisco for the first time, no-hit the Giants through five innings. He gave up one run, a homer by Austin Slater, on two hits, with three strikeouts and one walk over six innings.
It was the first time since April 18 that Kuhl lasted more than five innings.
Kuhl needed medical attention on the mound when the game's first batter, Span, hit a chopper that hit the right-hander in the left wrist area, above the glove. However, Kuhl was able to stay in the game.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Moore walked the bases loaded and got a visit from pitching coach Dave Righetti before he got Elias Diaz to ground back to the mound.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the third. With two outs, Andrew McCutchen slapped a double to the left-field corner. After David Freese walked, Josh Bell's single to right scored McCutchen.
San Francisco not only broke up Kuhl's no-hit bid in the sixth but also tied it. Slater led off with his third homer, a shot that just cleared the wall and McCutchen's glove in center to make it 1-1.
Pittsburgh had a chance to win it in the ninth. With two outs, reliever Hunter Strickland walked the bases loaded before striking out Diaz.
NOTES: Pittsburgh SS Jordy Mercer was given a day off from the starting lineup, although he pinch-hit in the eighth, striking out. ... Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) is eligible to come off the DL and appears close to returning but remained out of the lineup. ... San Francisco recalled RHP Chris Stratton from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned RHP Dan Slania to Sacramento. ... Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (bruised ribs/left shoulder AC sprain) made his second rehab start, his first for Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. He allowed four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings, with one walk and one strikeout. ... San Francisco IF Christian Arroyo (bruised hand) and OF Melvin Upton Jr. (broken wrist) have been added to Triple-A Sacramento's active roster.