Banged-up Bucs still find a way to win
By Alan Saunders
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — Jordan Lyles cruised through six innings before taking a line drive off his pitching hand, Starling Marte and Erik Gonzalez were also pulled following a collision in the field, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Friday night.
Lyles (0-2) continued his hot start, striking out six and allowing four hits while dropping his ERA to a major league-best 0.53. He was removed with a bruised right hand after being struck by Joe Panik’s line drive in the sixth, through Pittsburgh turned the hot shot into an inning-ending double play.
Marte and Gonzalez collided in the eighth. Marte charged from center on a softly hit ball by Yangervis Solarte and slammed into the shortstop Gonz’lez. Gonz’lez walked off on his own power. Marte was able to stand briefly, but the team insisted he ride in a cart off the field.
Pittsburgh got all of its runs against Madison Bumarner (1-3) in the first inning. Francisco Cervelli had a two-run double, and Pablo Reyes and JB Shuck added RBI singles. Cervelli ended an 0-for-24 skid.
Bumgarner allowed just two more hits over his final five innings. He struck out seven.
Buster Posey singled home Solarte in the eighth.
Felipe Vazquez struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.
Pirates: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (broken finger) began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle said he’s expected to work in left field, right field, first base and possibly at third.
Giants: LHP Derek Holland (1-2, 4.09 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday. He’s averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings through four starts.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 2.43) will make his fifth start of the season. He’s 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three career starts against San Francisco.