The San Francisco Giants have recenly been surging. Their 21-11 record is second best in the Major Leagues, behind only the Milwaukee Brewers' 22-11 record. The Giants have won six games in a row and nine of their last ten. They took on the Pirates at PNC Park. They have been going in the opposite direction, losing seven of their last ten, which sits them fourth in the National League Central.
The Giants took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but it did not last long. After cutting the lead in half, Pedro Alvarez hit a three run home run, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, the Pirates added to their lead, scoring four more, two of which came on wild pitches. The Giants were not out of it. They scored five in the sixth, cutting the lead to 8-7, capped by a double by Brandon Hicks that scored two. In the top of the ninth, the Pirates led 10-9, and sent Mark Melancon out to close out the game. Hunter Pence lead off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored to tie the game on a Buster Posey single.
After scoreless innings in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, the Giants broke through in the thirteenth. With one out, Pence walked, and after Juan Perez was hit by a pitch, the Giants scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by pitcher Jared Hughes. Jean Machi bunted the ball to Hughes, who made a bad throw, scoring Hunter Pence. Sergio Romo shut the Pirates down in the bottom of the thirteenth.
Giants 11, Pirates 10 (F/13)