Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-11

San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-11-2018 - Pick and Prediction

San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-11-2018 - Pick and Prediction

Pittsburgh's ability to cash in against Watson crushed a Giants squad that scored a run in the seventh and one more in the eighth to tie the game 5-5.

"I'm humbled by it and I appreciate it", McCutchen said.

"That thing just missed going out", manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Pirates' hitting philosophy is to hunt pitches up in the zone. The Pirates tried several times to lose this game, to no avail.

After being swept in a four-game series by the Phillies, the Giants fell under.500 by dropping the series-opener for their fifth consecutive defeat.

Nova (2-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5⅔ innings and is 0-2 in five starts since beating Miami on April 15.

Despite the ominous start, the Giants forced their way back into the game in the top of the second when Longoria slammed the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall.

If Andrew McCutchen wants his return to Pittsburgh to be anything other than deeply bittersweet, he and the San Francisco Giants are going to need to solve the Pirates Sunday in a weekend series finale. Holland's last road victory came on May 21, 2017, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox. His team-leading eighth home run of the year halved the deficit, and former Pirate Alen Hanson evened the game at 2-2 with a one-out solo shot into the right field bleachers. The Pirates regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI triple from Jordy Mercer, which was followed by a pinch-hit two run home run off the bat of Jose Osuna. His game-tying blast to right field marked his fourth of the year for the Giants. The Giants won five of six games against the Pirates last season. Hanson left the game after scoring because of an unspecified injury he apparently suffered running the bases.

PITTSBURGH-With a 10-game road trip coming to a close and a cross-country flight on their evening itinerary, the Giants arrived at PNC Park on Mother's Day 0-for-Pennsylvania.

"You're hoping it's not one of those games where you have buzzard's luck, but we did have some hard outs", Bochy said. After allowing home runs to Cervelli and Polanco on Saturday, Samardzija has given up 35 home runs in his last 37 starts.

Thanks to the work of veteran starter Derek Holland and a sixth-inning outburst from the Giants' offense, the club ensured the journey home will be a happy one as it snapped a six-game losing streak.

Now the Giants hope for a boost for their pitching stuff.

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