Mike Yastrzemski jumped out, Carlos Rodon got off to another good start, and the Giants' bullpen faced Pittsburgh.
The San Francisco Giants were back in action on Friday, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates his 5-3. If the Giants have a postseason run unlikely this year,
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They'll have to start racking up wins against winning teams at some point, but the Giants have faced one of the worst teams in the National League. handled the business.
Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski opened the second inning off Pirates starter Bryce Wilson with a solo homer in the opposing field.
Brandon Crawford and Thairo Estrada followed Yaz with two singles, while LaMonte Wade Sacrifice Bunt and Luis Gonzalez Sacrifice Fly produced another run.
The Giants put ace Carlos Rodon on the mound and a weak Pirates lineup struggled to put together a rally against the southpaws.
Rodon wasn't as sharp as he was at the start of the season & missed a few more points than usual. Still, with an early 3-run lead, Rodon let the Pirates hitters do the damage.
Without using a free pass, Rodon allowed Rodolfo he worked on six hits and allowed only two of his runs, despite homers to Castro and Bengamel.
Yastrzemski drove another run in the fifth, lining up a brace scored by Brandon Belt, extending the Giants' lead to 4-1.
However, things became dangerous when Rodon left the game.
Manager Gabe Kapler turned to newly minted Thomas Sapucki in the seventh inning.
The Giants' recent acquisition of Darrin Luff traded the leading home run to Greg Allen, who recorded just one out of his own before John Brevia held the damage in place.
However, in the top of the 8, Brevia allowed two leadoff singles & was raised to Alex Young with an out & tie at 2nd base. Despite Young's recent struggles, he lived in the moment.
An RBI double by Luis Gonzalez on Evan Longoria's walk gave the Giants some breathing room, but Doval didn't need it. He quickly ended Pirates with a 9-pitch 1-2-3 9th inning.
The Giants improved to 55-57 with the win, but he remains 7.5 games behind the Padres in the final wild card.
San Francisco is looking to start their winning streak tomorrow when they face the Pirates at 18:05 Pacific time.