SAN FRANCISCO – Carlos Roden allowed two runs in six innings and Mike Yast Zemsky drove a three as the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Friday night.
Going just 7-14 since the All-Star break, the Giants snapped a four-game losing streak at home as they try to stay within striking distance of the playoffs. They trailed the San Diego Padres 55-57 by 7 ½ games for their third and final wild-card spot in the National League.
Roden (11-6) gave up six hits, struck out seven and allowed no walks. His 2.95 ERA is tied for ninth in the league. The All-Star left-hander was particularly strong at home in his first season with the Giants, where he improved to 6-1 with a 1.89 ERA, fifth in the majors.
“It’s definitely a good course,” Roden said of Oracle Park. “The venue, it’s usually big…the mound feels good. I mean, everything about it.”
Pittsburgh (45-68) lost for the sixth time in eight games despite home runs from Rudolph Castro, Ben Gamer and Greg Allen. Right-hander Bryce Wilson (2-7) lost the game, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
While the Buccaneers weren’t accused of making mistakes, it was a risky night for their defense.
First baseman Michael Chavez made a good stop to Yastrzemski’s loaded helicopter in the third quarter, but his pitch bounced home and scored. Left fielder Tuupita Marcano threw a foul pop in the fourth quarter when he collided with teammate Castro. Then Brian Reynolds misplayed Yastrzemski’s deep fly to center in the fifth, which gave San Francisco a two-run double and a 4-1 lead.
Yastrzemski has batted .169 entering the night since June 1, the lowest among qualifying major league hitters. But he broke a scoreless tie in the second, hitting his 12th homer on the wall at left center in Wilson’s first.
“I’m just trying to hit the ball one at a time and have a good floor and try to be useful to the team in some way,” Yastrzemski said. “Whether it’s going for a walk, watching a lot of courts, you know, just focusing on that helps relieve some of the stress of the fight that’s been going on.”
The Giants got a clutch shot from left-handed reliever Alex Young in the 8th to put them up 4-3. With the base loaded and one out, Young knocked out Allen and had Marcano retire on a grounder for second.
“We didn’t run with the base loaded, and, you know, that ended up costing us,” Buccaneers manager Derek Shelton said. “I mean, we have to tap the capital. We have to at least find one out there.”
Luis Gonzalez added a two-run RBI double in the eighth to provide some cushion for San Francisco and Camilo Doval made his 16th save.
Pirates: RHP Yerry De Los Santos (right shoulder strain) was placed in a 60-day IL, ending his rookie season. Delos Santos took three walks against Arizona on Thursday and was charged with four runs without recording an out. An MRI on Friday confirmed the shoulder strain. The 24-year-old Delos Santos went 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA and three saves in 26 appearances. Pittsburgh selected RHP Austin Brice’s contract to fill his roster.
Giants: LHP Thomas Szapucki recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, RHP Yunior Marte drafted. Szapucki, acquired in the trade-deadline trade that sent OF Darin Ruf to the Mets, gave up Allen’s homer in the seventh inning to cut the Giants’ lead to 4-3.
Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes missed the game with back spasms, but Shelton is optimistic that Hayes can avoid the IL.
Giants: C Joey Bart (sprained right ankle) missed his third straight game. Manager Gabe Kapler said he was available in an emergency and would likely be back this weekend.
Pirates RHP Tyler Beede (1-1, 3.57), assigned to San Francisco in May before being claimed by Pittsburgh, will face his former team on Saturday. The Giants take on RHP Logan Webb (10-5, 3.17), who beat the Pirates in eight scoreless innings on June 17.
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