PITTSBURGH — Jack Suwinski hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The rookie drove a Tyler Rogers (0-3) slider to the right for his second game-ending home run of the season after connecting for one on June 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Suwinski is the first Pirates rookie to hit three home runs in a game since Andrew McCutchen on Aug. 1, 2009.
Suwinski, 23, took a lead from starter Alex Cobb deep for a solo shot in the fourth before doing the same with Sam Long for a 3-2 lead in the sixth. He has 11 home runs in 47 games this season, tied with Bryan Reynolds for the team lead.
Thairo Estrada hit Pittsburgh closer to David Bednar in the lead in the ninth, tying the game at 3. Bednar (3-1) was working his second inning of relief and retired two of the last three batters to finish the ninth.
Mitch Keller allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in six innings for the Pirates, extending his starting streak with less than three runs allowed to four. He’s given up eight earned runs in 28 1/3 innings (2.54 ERA) in his last six games (four starts).
Cobb allowed two runs on four hits in four innings when he returned from the 15-day disabled list with a sprained neck.
After an error and two walks charged San Francisco with no outs in the first, Joc Pederson dribbled a two-run single past Hoy Park at second base.
Park went yard on a Cobb lead to right center field in the third, cutting it to 2-1 with his first homer of the season.
MOVING THE LIST
Giants: RHP Mauricio Llovera has been opted for Triple-A Sacramento.
Pirates: INF Josh VanMeter and INF Yoshi Tsutsugo could each start rehab missions this week, general manager Ben Cherington has said. VanMeter has been out since June 1 with a broken left ring finger. Tsutsugo has not played since May 24 with an undisclosed injury.
Giants: RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday to start a four-game series in Atlanta. Webb allowed five hits over seven innings in a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on June 14 in his previous start.
Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50) will take the mound when Pittsburgh begins a four-game series against the Cubs on Monday. Brubaker’s last victory came on August 24, 2021.
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