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Pirates Struggles Continue in 14-4 Memorial Day Loss to Giants

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For the first time since Apr. 2, the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to below .500 with their 14-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Memorial Day at Oracle Park.

The Pirates stretch of poor play was again on display as they sit at 26-27 following the blowout loss. 

Tucupita Marcano opened the game with a first-pitch double into left-center, but ran into a double play after breaking for home on a flyout to end the inning. Marcano finished the game with three hits and two doubles. 

San Francisco (28-26) broke out for five runs off of Pirates starter Rich Hill (4-5) in the second inning. 

Patrick Bailey drove in a pair with a double to right field and advanced to third on an error by right fielder Josh Palacios. Bailey came around to score on a Brandon Crawford double down the right field line.

Fresh off the injured list, Austin Slater connected on a two-run home run to center field to put the Giants up 5-0. J.D. Davis made it a 6-1 game after an RBI single to right field off of Hill in the fourth.

Hill was able to complete six innings, but was tagged for six earned runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out three. 

It was a rough outing of relief for Cody Bolton, who allowed eight baserunners and eight earned runs while recording just one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Mitch Haniger doubled twice in the inning and drove in a pair while Slater also doubled in two runs. Casey Schmitt recorded a two-run single before Bailey slugged a two-run shot the other way, giving him four RBIs for the game. 

Pirates infielder Chris Owings was tasked with pitching the eighth inning and pitched a scoreless frame.

The Pirates struck in the third inning when Austin Hedges drove in Palacios, who tripled to left-center one batter earlier. Palacios finished the game with a triple and a double. 

Jack Suwinski clubbed his 10th homer of the season in the seventh inning into the McCovey Cove over the right field stands. Two innings later, he did it against position player Brett Wisely. Suwinski became the third Pirates’ player to reach the Cove.

A couple of defensive miscues by the Giants enabled Connor Joe to score later in the inning, making it a 6-3 game.

The Pirates and Giants will continue this three-game series on Tuesday night. Johan Oviedo (3-4, 4.70 ERA) will be on the mound for the Pirates. The Giants have yet to announce a starter. First pitch: 9:45. 

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