Giants stretch win streak up to four with a 13-5 laugher over Bucs; Pence drives home five runs

June 30, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence (8) is greeted by pitching coach Dave Righetti, right, after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Giants won 13-5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Jeremy Kahn

Since being swept by the New York Mets just five days ago, the San Francisco Giants have turned over a new leaf in the past four games.

Hunter Pence drove in five runs, while Denard Span went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and the Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 at PNC Park.

Span led off the game with a home run, as the Giants have won four in a row after losing five in a row.

Joe Panik went 3-for-5 with a run scored and drove in a run, as the Giants first three hitters went a combined 10-for-14.

Despite giving up three runs in the first inning, Johnny Cueto settled down and ended up going five innings to pick-up his sixth win of the season against seven losses.

Entering the top of the fourth inning, the Giants picked up five straight hits and scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead.

The Giants were not done scoring, as they broke the game wide open in the top of the sixth inning, as they scored five runs. Buster Posey and Brandon Belt each hit two-run doubles in the inning. Belt was not done driving in runs, as he hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning and ended the game with four runs batted in.

After going hitless in his first 18 at-bats, Ryder Jones finally got that elusive first hit as a big leaguer in the top of the eighth inning.

Dan Slania pitched a perfect ninth inning in his major-league debut. Slania joined the team on Wednesday afternoon after being recalled from Double-A Richmond.

Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, who happens to be the brother in-law of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and struck out 10. Cole’s record on the season fell to 6-7.

NOTES: Matt Moore takes the mound for the Giants, while the Pirates will send Chad Kuhl to the mound.

Madison Bumgarner made a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento. In 3.2 innings of work, Bumgarner gave up four runs and seven hits, striking out one. Bumgarner was injured in a dirt bike accident on April 20 in Colorado.

Eduardo Nunez, who is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring will be sent to Double-A Richmond for a two-game assignment.

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