Pirates' starting pitcher Charlie Morton began the game by walking Gregor Blanco and hitting Brandon Crawford bringing Buster Posey to the plate. Posey recorded an RBI single scoring Blanco and giving the Giants a quick 1-0 lead. Hunter Pence grounded out and the next two Giants batters struck out ending the inning.
Matt Cain, who was pitching on the one-year anniversary of his perfect game, tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the first.
Joaquin Arias led off the top of the second with a single and Nick Noonan reached first on a force out. Noonan moved to second on a Cain ground out and scored on a Blanco RBI single. The Giants had a 2-0 lead.
Cain continued to roll and the Giants looked to add more runs in the top of the fifth. Crawford was struck by another pitch with one out and advanced to third on a Posey ground-rule double. Pence reached base on a fielder's choice and Crawford scored on an interference error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Brandon Belt was hit loading the bases for Andres Torres, who produced an RBI sacrifice fly scoring Posey. The Giants had a 4-0 lead after five innings.
The Giants blew this game wide open in the top of the sixth as Noonan singled to begin the inning and moved to second on a throwing error by second baseman Neil Walker. After Cain grounded out, Blanco connected with an RBI single and Crawford followed with a single of his own. With runners on first and third, Posey singled home Blanco and Pence smacked a three-run homer to extend the lead to 9-0 with a five spot in the inning. It was Pence's 11th homer of the season.
The Giants added one last run in the top of the ninth and won this game 10-0, avoiding a three-game sweep by the Pirates.The Giants recorded their seventh shutout of the season and since 2010, they are 70-7 when scoring at least eight runs.
Cain was outstanding in the win (5-3) going 6.2 innings, allowing two hits, zero runs, two walks and three strikeouts, throwing 101 pitches. The Giants pounded out 17 hits led by Blanco, Posey and Arias, who each had three. Pence led the team with three RBI's. The Pirates managed only three hits on the night.
The 34-31 Giants begin a three-game series Friday night in Atlanta against the Braves. Madison Bumgarner (5-4) faces Kris Melden (3-6) in the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 pm.
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