Giants bounce back to beat Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — LaMonte Wade Jr. homered twice and the San Francisco Giants avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Sunday.

Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada also went deep for San Francisco. The Giants improved to a majors-best 62-37 and maintained their slim lead over the Dodgers in the NL West heading into a series between the two division rivals this week at Oracle Park.

Alex Wood (9-3) struck out eight and pitched into the sixth to help San Francisco bounce back a day after the Giants lost 10-2 in their most-lopsided defeat this season.

“Any time we take a little step back guys are eager to get back to the park and right the ship,” Wade said. “It started out with Woody coming out pitching a great game. Our bullpen stepped up as well and our offense was able to put up some runs.”

Bryan Reynolds had two hits and scored for the Pirates.

Saturday’s game

Gregory Polanco homered, drove in three runs and scored twice, and Kevin Newman matched his career high with four hits for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants 10-2 Saturday night.

Polanco lofted a sacrifice fly in the first inning, hit an RBI single in the third and then connected for his 11th homer in the fifth, all against Giants starter Kevin Gausman (9-4).

Newman added a two-run single in the fifth off John Brebbia, who relieved Gausman, to give the Pirates a 6-1 lead. The Pirates added three runs in the eighth. The highlight was when Michael Perez hit an RBI triple and scored on Wilmer Difo’s sacrifice fly.

The Pirates accumulated a season-high 16 hits. Their run total was one shy of their best for 2021.

Up next

Pirates: In a matchup of left-handers, Tyler Anderson (5-8, 4.35) faces Milwaukee’s Brett Anderson (2-5, 4.26 ERA) and the NL Central-leading Brewers on Tuesday.


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