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Correia pitches Bucs over Giants to snap losing skid

Kevin Correia pitched six innings, allowing three hits and one run, and Neil Walker and Alex Presley each had two hits as the Pirates snapped a five-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

After both teams went down 1-2-3 in the first inning, the Pirates’ bats got on the board courtesy of Garrett Jones. The first-baseman blasted a solo home run over the right field fence off of Giants starter and former Pirate Ryan ogelsong. With the bases loaded after hits by Neil Walker and Clint Barmes and a walk to Mike McKenry, Alex Presley drove in Walker with an infield single to put the Pirates up 2-0.

The Giants broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the Pirates lead to one run. Brandon Belt led off the inning with a double to right field and moved to third after a Brandon Crawford ground out. Emmanuel Burris grounded out to shortstop to bring in Belt.

The Pirates went up 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning due in part by stringing together some hits and errors by the Giants defense. With Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee on base, Walker forced a wild throw by Giants third basemen Pablo Sandoval and McCutchen was able to cross the plate, putting the Pirates up 3-1. Josh Harrison pinch hit for Pedro Alvarez and pulled off a successful suicide squeeze to bring in McGehee, giving the Pirates a three run lead.

Despite giving up two walks in the bottom of the ninth inning, Joel Hanrahan notched his first save of the season by getting three Giants hitters to fly out to end the game.

Correia only gave up three hits and one run with two strikeouts in six innings of work on the afternoon, earning his first win of the season. Walker had two hits and a run scored while Presley had two hits and an RBI to lead the way for the Pirates.

On Deck:
The Pirates continue their west coast road swing with a visit to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three game series starts on Monday at 9:40 p.m. (east coast time). Erik Bedard (0-2) gets the starting nod for the Pirates, facing off against Joe Saunders (0-0) for the Diamondbacks.

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