Pirates, Locke halt Giants' eight-game winning streak
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[June 21, 2016]
PITTSBURGH -- Erik Kratz hit a
home run and starter Jeff Locke led a contingent of four Pittsburgh
Pirates pitchers in shutting down the high-flying San Francisco
Giants 1-0 Monday.
The Pirates, on the opening night of an eight-game homestand, not
only busted up a five-game losing streak, but they did it against
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and against a San Francisco team that
had won eight games in a row.
Locke (6-5), who had given up a combined 18 runs over his previous
two starts, both losses, pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up
five hits, striking out three and walking none. He was pulled after
Jarrett Parker hit a two-out double to the center-field wall in the
Against San Francisco, Locke had been 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA in three
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Bumgarner (8-3), who entered the game with a career-best seven-game
winning streak, threw a five-hit complete game in the loss.
Through the first 3 1/2 innings, each team got a single in each
inning but didn't threaten to bring a runner home.
In the fifth, with two outs, Kratz sent the first pitch from
Bumgarner to left. The ball barely cleared the wall, and left
fielder Angel Pagan timed it well and leaped -- only to have the
ball go off of his glove. Pagan slammed the glove onto the warning
track in disgust.
Kratz's first home run since Aug. 18, 2014, gave Pittsburgh a 1-0
lead. He was acquired earlier this month.
The Pirates went 5-1 against the Giants last year, outscoring San
Francisco 32-19 with Pittsburgh's pitchers putting up a collective
2.0 0 ERA against the Giants. Since the beginning of the 2013
season, Pittsburgh is 8-3 against San Francisco at PNC Park.
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Pirates starting pitcher
Jeff Locke (49) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants
during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles
LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
NOTES: San Francisco 3B Matt Duffy's ironman streak ended on Monday,
one day after he became the active leader with 188 consecutive games
played. Duffy left Sunday's contest against Tampa Bay after
aggravating an Achilles' injury. He was not available Monday and was
expected to get an MRI. ... Giants CF Denard Span (neck) was not in
the starting lineup but could be available Tuesday. ... Pittsburgh
had not named a starter for Tuesday's game as of Monday afternoon,
but it is expected that RHP Wilfredo Boscan will be recalled from
Triple-A Indianapolis to make the start. ... Pittsburgh pitching
coach Ray Searage left before the game started because of back
spasms and a flare-up of arthritis in his left wrist. ... The
Pirates landed in Pittsburgh at 2:40 a.m. Monday after playing a
late night game Sunday in Chicago and did not take batting practice.
San Francisco played a day game on Sunday at Tampa Bay before
traveling to Pittsburgh.
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