May 7, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Lose Rubber Game Against Pirates

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The San Francisco Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates by the final score of 4-3 in a battle that pitted Tim Lincecum against Gerrit Cole. Cole got the better of the former Cy Young winner and went eight innings allowing three runs. Cole would also finish with seven strikeouts compared to just one walk on the evening.

While Cole went eight innings Lincecum only lasted four and it took him 88 pitches to do it. Part of that was due to the Pittsburgh offense which scored all four of its runs in the first two innings of the ballgame.

Both Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte picked up the RBI’s in the first inning while Travis Snider’s two-run single in the second was the lone scoring play of that inning. Snider was aided by a Lincecum wild pitch that allowed both runners to move up 90 feet and into scoring position.

Still, it was 4-1 after two innings, and Lincecum showed signs of early-game struggles much like last year. He has yet to get beyond the sixth inning this season in any start.

Offensively Brandon Belt accounted for all three San Francisco Giants runs with a solo home run in the first inning, then a two-run double that he eventually got thrown out on after trying to stretch it into a triple. Both Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence scored on the play.

This ends San Francisco’s trip in Pittsburgh, and after dropping two out of three will look to get back on track in a four-game set against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Tomorrow’s probable starters are Josh Beckett for the Dodgers and Ryan Vogelsong for the San Francisco Giants. Beckett comes into the game with four-straight no decicions while Vogelsong holds a 1-1 record and an 4.60 ERA.

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