Pirates pound Giants 10-5 in series opener
Elias Diaz, Josh Bell, and David Freese hit home runs Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates, using a five-run seventh inning that was set up by two errors, overpowered the host San Francisco Giants 10-5 in the opener of a four-game series.
Right-hander Ivan Nova (7-6) limited San Francisco to three hits over six innings.
Diaz smacked a two-run homer in the second inning off Giants starter Andrew Suarez (4-8), and Bell immediately followed with a long ball as the Pirates took a 3-0 lead and were never headed.
The home runs were Diaz's eighth of the season and Bell's seventh.
However, that was the last of the San Francisco scoring off Nova and three Pirates relievers until two-out doubles in the bottom of the ninth by Joe Panik and Duggar after Pittsburgh had opened an eight-run lead.
Pittsburgh broke the game open against the San Francisco bullpen in the seventh after back-to-back errors by the Giants provided a boost.
Adam Frazier made it 4-2 with an RBI single, and Gregory Polanco lashed a two-out double to score the second run. Freese capped the uprising with a three-run home run, his ninth of the year, giving the Pirates a six-run cushion.
Suarez left for a pinch hitter after five innings. He yielded three runs on seven hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Pirates out-hit the Giants 13-6.
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