SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Most teams hit the road trying to build on
their home success. The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing the opposite
scenario as they return home following a tremendous 10-day trip out
The home run crazy Pirates have something to prove to their fans
at PNC Park.
Ty Wigginton hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Daryle Ward added
a two-run shot, and Ray Sadler also connected for his first major
league hit, leading the Pirates over the San Francisco Giants 7-2
"Everybody says baseball is a game of streaks," Wigginton
said. "When it rolls, you've got to take full advantage and be
ready every single day."
Josh Fogg (3-2) pitched seven strong innings in a gutsy effort
on three days' rest and the Pirates' powerful lineup came up big
again. Pittsburgh began the day with a major league-best 18 home
runs in May, then hit three more to end its road trip on a high
The Pirates completed the stretch 7-3, winning series at
Houston, Arizona and San Francisco after losing three of five at
home -- including getting swept by the Giants from April 29-May 1.
"I said earlier in the year I thought we had a team that had
nice interchangeable parts," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I
think it's a more confident team. Obviously, it started with guys
swinging the bats. I think they've built on it and feel good about
themselves. This is a team I want to take back home."
Wigginton sent a 3-2 pitch from Noah Lowry (1-4) over the center
field wall for his second homer of the year in the seventh. It also
scored Jose Castillo, who had tied the game with an RBI single.
Ward hit his seventh homer in the ninth and pinch-hitter Rob
Mackowiak added an RBI single.
Rick White got five outs for his first save in two chances.
Sadler, a rookie who had his contract purchased from Double-A
Altoona on Sunday, started the scoring when he homered to left in
the third for his first hit in six career at-bats. Then Lowry drove
in a run with a groundout in the bottom half of the inning to tie
"It was a big lift off my shoulders to get that first hit,"
said Sadler, already planning where to put his keepsake ball. "It
feels great. I can't explain it."
Lance Niekro's fourth-inning sacrifice fly gave the Giants a 2-1
lead, but Lowry couldn't hold it. He allowed four runs and four
hits and struck out seven.
After Sadler's homer, Lowry retired the next 11 batters before
Jack Wilson doubled leading off the seventh. Castillo hit a tying
RBI single three batters later to make it 2-2.
Lowry's winless stretch reached five starts despite a solid
outing. The lefty began his career 7-0, but has lost his last four
decisions and hasn't won since April 15 at Colorado. He was
replaced in the eighth by Scott Munter, who made his major league
debut after being called up for the second time Tuesday when ace
Jason Schmidt went on the disabled list.
"They just hit the ball," Lowry said. "I just didn't get the
job done. I'm a little frustrated right now, at 1-4 with a
five-something ERA. I don't know why. Today it was location."
Fogg worked on short rest after ace Oliver Perez had his
scheduled start pushed back because of shoulder stiffness.
It marked the second time under McClendon a Pittsburgh pitcher
had gone on three days' rest. Fogg did it last July 6 at Florida
and got a no-decision in the 6-3 loss.
San Francisco's Moises Alou returned to the starting lineup
after missing two games with a stomach virus and got two hits. He
also made an acrobatic stop in left field on a hard-hit ball by
Ward in the seventh, diving to his left to make the catch before
landing on his stomach.
Jason Bay of the Pirates extended his hitting streak to 10 games
with a ninth-inning double. He has reached safely in 15 straight
games and 18 of 19.
The Pirates acquired outfielder Michael Restovich from Colorado
on Wednesday for a player to be named. He will be available Friday
when the Pirates open a series at home against Milwaukee.
The Giants honored Felipe Alou with a birthday cake and song
before the game, one day before the skipper turns 70. He waved and
tipped his hat to the fans, then ate a piece of cake on the dugout
San Francisco's Pedro Feliz went 0-for-3 with a walk to
have his seven-game hitting streak snapped. ... Giants 1B J.T. Snow
was out ill for the fourth straight day. Snow was expected back but
got sick again. ... Felipe Alou planned to call Tony Pena a day
after the Royals skipper resigned. "I was surprised to hear
that," Alou said. "Him and I talked about the tough year they
were going to have in Kansas City. They have a lot of young guys."