Nolasco, Marlins to test Giants' home dominance

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Nolasco, Marlins to test Giants' home dominance

May 23, 2011
FLORIDA (26-19) vs.GIANTS (27-19)Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
(AP) -- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy knows his lineup has to continue to improve, but right now, he can't complain about how it's performing in the clutch.Looking to match a season high with their sixth straight victory, the NL West-leading Giants will try to extend their longest home winning streak in seven seasons to 10 on Tuesday night when they face the Florida Marlins.San Francisco (27-19) failed to score more than four runs through nine innings for the 16th time in 17 games Sunday, but the defending World Series champions beat Oakland 5-4 in 11 innings to win their fifth in a row."Right now we're starting to swing the bats better, but until we get this offense clicking, it's going to be vital for us to have the pitchers throwing the ball the way they are," Bochy told the team's official website.While their starters have strung together 15 straight games without giving up more than three earned runs, the Giants also have come through at the plate when it matters most. They improved to 11-0 at home in one-run games Sunday when Emmanuel Burriss singled home Darren Ford for the deciding run - the team's seventh walkoff win.San Francisco has won 14 of 18 overall, including a nine-game home winning streak which is its longest since a 9-0 stretch May 25-June 17, 2004.Giving the ball to Matt Cain (3-2, 3.28 ERA) could help San Francisco inch closer to its longest undefeated stretch at its 11-year-old waterfront ballpark, an 11-game run July 7-25, 2003. He's 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts there - three this season and three in last year's playoffs.The right-hander did not earn a decision Wednesday, but he struck out a season-high seven and pitched into the eighth inning for a second consecutive start in an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Cain has allowed more than three runs just once in nine starts this year and has never done so in seven outings versus Florida, going 3-0 with a 2.98 ERA.The Marlins (26-19) begin a nine-game trip with right-hander Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.32) looking to continue his dominance in San Francisco. The Southern California native is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in two starts at AT&T Park and threw the only shutout of his career there Aug. 19, 2008."I've just been able to go there and make pitches," he told the Marlins' official website. "Obviously, they are a good team built around their pitching. They have been playing good as of late, so I'm just going out and try to do the same thing and make pitches."If Nolasco struggles, manager Edwin Rodriguez can turn to a bullpen which is among the league's best with a 2.64 ERA. Florida's relievers threw six shutout innings and struck out a season-best eight in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay.Marlins pitching has held Buster Posey to three hits in 15 at-bats, all during the teams' last series - a four-game split July 26-29 in San Francisco. The reigning NL rookie of the year, who is 1 for 3 against Nolasco, enters this three-game set on an 11-game hitting streak during which he's batting .390.Florida's Logan Morrison will try to reach base safely for the 25th straight game after drawing a two-out, ninth-inning walk Sunday. In his major league debut, Morrison singled off Cain for his first big-league hit in a 6-4 loss July 27.Cain lasted seven innings in that game, surrendering three runs while not earning a decision.

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

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

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

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in what appeared to be his final game with San Francisco. The veteran infielder has been the subject of trade rumors and was pulled from the game in the fifth inning. Nunez was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse.

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.

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.

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.