Giants win fifth in a row 2-1 in 11th; Bucs Hudson throws wild pitch as SF’s Span scores game winner

July 1, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span (2) is congratulated by Brandon Belt (9) after scoring the winning run in the eleventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

By Jeremy Kahn

Ever since Bruce Bochy made his now famous comment about pole vaulting over mouse turds, it seems that the San Francisco Giants have turned a corner.

Denard Span scored on a wild pitch thrown by Daniel Hudson in the top of the 11th inning, as the Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 at PNC Park.

Hudson’s wild pitch got by Elias Diaz and bounced into the dugout to score Span, as the Giants won their fifth straight after losing seven in a row.

Josh Osich won for the second time this season, while Sam Dyson picked up his first save as a Giant, as he pitched the 11th inning.

The Pirates blew an opportunity to win the game in the top of the ninth inning, as Hunter Strickland walked the bases loaded; however, Strickland struck out Diaz looking to end the inning and the threat. Diaz went 0-for-5 at the plate, with two strikeouts and left eight on base.

Matt Moore went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and walked four before being replaced by George Kontos with the bases loaded. Kontos responded by striking out Josh Harrison to end the inning.

Josh Bell drove in the only Pirates run of the afternoon in the bottom of the third inning, as his single scored Andrew McCutchen.

NOTES: Jeff Samardzija looks for the sweep on Sunday afternoon, as he takes the mound against Trevor Williams.

Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento, and the Giants sent down Dan Slania, who pitched a perfect ninth inning in his major-league debut on Friday night. Stratton will be used primarily out of the bullpen.

Joan Gregorio, who is a top prospect in the Giants farm system, who is currently with the Sacramento Rivercats was suspended for the remainder of the season after testing positive to a Performance Enhancing Drug.

In his first rehab appearance with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double.

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