Matt Cain turned 6.2 scoreless innings, and the San Francisco Giants pummeled the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 to salvage a game after losing the first two of the three-game set.
Cain surrendered just two hits, walked two and struck out three on the one-year anniversary of his perfect game against the Houston Astros. Cain had the Pirates on no-hit alert until Garrett Jones singled to lead off the fifth inning. Pittsburgh mustered just one more hit on Andrew McCutchen’s seventh-inning double.
The Giants, meanwhile, mustered 17 hits after collecting 15 on Wednesday night. The 1-2-3 hitters combined for seven hits in 12 at-bats, driving in five runs.
Gregor Blanco led off the game with a walk, and he scored on Buster Posey’s RBI single. Blanco contributed to the scoring output again in the second inning when he singled home a run to make it 2-0.
Weird baseball struck in the fifth inning. With runners on second and third, Hunter Pence hit a ground ball to the right side. The Pirates trapped Brandon Crawford, the runner on third, in a pickle, but Pedro Alvarez (the third baseman) interfered with Crawford and the umpires awarded him home plate. After Brandon Belt was hit on the foot, Andres Torres hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
In the same inning, Pence was pelted by Joaquin Arias’ sharply hit a line drive back up the middle. He was called out. Arias, by rule, was award a hit, but the Pirates escaped a weird inning.
The Giants erupted for five runs in the sixth inning. Blanco and Posey both collected RBI singles, and Pence capped the scoring with his 11th homer of the year, a three-run shot into the left center field bullpen.
Nick Noonan’s fly ball off the right center field wall in the ninth inning was ruled a home run on the field. But Pirates manager Clint Hurdle protested, and Noonan was sent back to second base, where he would eventually score on Crawford’s sacrifice fly.