Offense backs Nova; Bucs hand Giants loss

By Michael Wagaman

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Ivan Nova had little problem extending Pittsburgh’s streak of strong road starts.

Three home runs, including a milestone shot by David Freese, gave the right-hander all the cushion he needed.

Nova allowed two runs in six innings, Freese hit his 100th career home run, and the Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 on Thursday night.

“Guys got balls over the plate and when we had them we nailed them,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said “And Nova was spot on through four. Some small misfires in the fifth and then a nice shutdown.”

Nova (7-6) lost to the Giants in May but was sharper this time. He retired the first 11 batters and didn’t allow a hit until Austin Slater’s leadoff single in the fifth. Nova yielded three hits and had three strikeouts.

Pirates starting pitchers have a 2.20 ERA over their last 10 road starts.

“We have good starting pitching,” Nova said. “We have had some guys pitch the way that they’ve been pitching and you just want to follow that. You want to pitch a good game too.”

Rich Rodriguez, Dovydas Neverauskas and Casey Sadler completed the six-hitter.

Adam Frazier added three singles and two RBIs, his fourth multi-hit game in the last six.

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