The top third of the Pirates’ lineup demolished Giants left-hander Barry Zito, going 8-for-9 with six runs and three RBI, leading the Bucs to a season-high 12 runs in Wednesday night’s victory at PNC Park.
Starling Marte hit four singles, stole two bases and scored four runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
For the second night in a row, Pittsburgh (39-26) hitters rattled a former Cy Young winner and forced him to exit during the 5th inning. The Pirates collected 11 hits and eight runs off Zito. Their 18 total hits were the most since June 29 of last year, led by Starling Marte’s first career four-hit game, scoring four runs in the 12-8 victory.
All the runs supported Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, who had his worst home outing (6 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts) over his short time wearing black and yellow. The Giants (33-31) scratched across a run apiece in the 1st and 4th innings. Then in the 5th, Liriano gave up back-to-back singles to Andres Torres and Tony Abreu...