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Giants head East, looking to break slump vs. Bucs

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Giants head East, looking to break slump vs. Bucs

April 26, 2011

GIANTS (10-11) vs.
PITTSBURGH (10-12)
Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants aren't hitting the ball well or getting the job done on the mound. The defending World Series champions hope an eastern swing can help them get back on track.

The Giants try to snap their season-high four-game losing streak Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates as they begin a 10-game trip.

NEWS: Giants 2011 stats

Mired in its longest skid since an 0-7 stretch from June 26-July 2, San Francisco (10-11) has plenty to fix as it opens this three-game set. Not only are the Giants batting .194 and averaging 2.8 runs during their losing streak, the team's starters - second in the NL last season with a 3.54 ERA - have a 7.71 ERA in the last four games.

San Francisco walked a season-high seven in Sunday's 9-6, 10-inning loss to Atlanta and surrendered 16 free passes in three games while getting swept in a rematch of last season's NL division series.

REWIND: Giants swept as Braves rally vs. Wilson in 10th

"We are walking way too many guys, there's no way around that," manager Bruce Bochy told the Giants' official website.

That hasn't been a major problem for Matt Cain (2-1, 3.42 ERA), who has 16 strikeouts and six walks in four starts. The right-hander, though, has plenty to improve Tuesday when he looks to bounce back from his worst outing of the season.

After allowing a combined three runs in his first three starts, Cain gave up six runs and nine hits in Wednesday's 10-2 loss at Colorado. He lasted just 4 2-3 innings and his ERA rose two full runs.

REWIND: Cain lit up in Colorado's 10-2 win

"(My stuff) was fine. Just definitely the big hit (a three-run homer) by (Ty) Wigginton kind of put a damper on things and put our guys in a big hole," Cain said. "That's not something I wanted to do."

Cain is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in seven starts against Pittsburgh.

He will face a Pirates team that took two of three from Washington to open its homestand. Brandon Wood, acquired off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, had a two-run double in his Pirates debut and Paul Maholm struck out eight in seven innings to help Pittsburgh (10-12) win 4-2 on Monday.

NEWS: MLB standings

The Pirates will look for another strong start Tuesday when Charlie Morton (2-1, 3.33) gets a chance to rebound from a rough outing. The right-hander, who gave up four total earned runs in his first three starts, surrendered six and a career-high-tying 10 hits in Wednesday's 6-0 loss at Florida.

"They were just hitting my slider," Morton said. "It wasn't sinking."

Morton, who has 12 strikeouts and 15 walks this season, is 1-3 with a 3.96 ERA in four starts against the Giants.

Morton has allowed just one hit in nine matchups with Pablo Sandoval, but the Giants' third baseman could give him problems. After hitting just .268 with 13 homers in 2010, a slimmer Sandoval is batting .319 with five home runs - four in his last nine games - and 13 RBIs.

"Right now I feel great," he said. "I'm hitting the ball well right-handed. I'm just trying to be more patient at home plate. It's just one month."

He is a .344 hitter in 15 games against Pittsburgh.

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, 5 for 8 in the last two games, scored four times and had four hits in 10 at-bats as Pittsburgh dropped two of three June 4-6 in the Giants' last visit to PNC Park. Walker has never faced Cain.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

UMPIRE GOES DOWN:
Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

UP NEXT:
RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.