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Pagan hits grand slam as Cueto, Giants clobber Pirates 15-4

Angel Pagan hit a grand slam during a seven-run fourth inning, Johnny Cueto shut down Pittsburgh into the seventh and the Giants clobbered the Pirates 15-4 on Tuesday night.

A disastrous pitching performance sunk the Pirates in a 15-4 loss to the Giants Tuesday.

The Giants’ 22 hits on the night was most of any team in baseball this season, with 21 of those coming in the last six innings.

Wilfredo Boscan (1-1) opened strong in a spot start by posting zeros in his first three innings, but he quickly got into trouble in the fourth. After loading the bases with nobody out, shortstop Brandon Crawford came out on top in an 11 pitch battle with a run scoring walk to open the floodgates. Angel Pagan jumped on the next pitch for a grand slam to right-center.

Boscan surrendered a two run shot to Conor Gillaspie before being chased after 3+ innings. The Pirates went from being tied to down seven over the course of just six pitches.

Boscan said that the night became more challenging after the Crawford plate appearance. Clint Hurdle agreed, adding that “everything just lost some finish, some sharpness.”

The Giants tacked on five more runs and batted through the lineup again in the eighth.

Johnny Cueto (11-1), on the other hand, was brilliant through 6.2 innings of one run ball, using quick pitches and different windup times to keep the Pirates’ hitters off balance. He struck out five and only allowed four hits on the night.

The lone highlight for the Bucs happened in the seventh when rookie catcher Jacob Stallings roped his first big league hit: an RBI double to left.

“Obviously fun, exciting. All my college coaches and family were here to see it,” Stallings said.

Outfielder Starling Marte also left foot discomfort while tracking down a fly ball in the eighth. He left under his own power, but at a very gingerly pace. He was being evaluated by team trainers at the time of publication.

David Freese went 2-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI.

Francisco Liriano (4-7, 5.03) will try to continue his turnaround Wednesday against Jeff Samardzija (8-4, 3.14) at 7:05 p.m..

1. After going 0-3 with three strikeouts, Andrew McCutchen now has 10 multi-strikeout games compared to just two multi-hit games in June.

2. Cueto has a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts against the Pirates (41.2 IP, 9 ER).

3. Backup catcher Erik Kratz pitched a scoreless top of the 9th, striking out Brandon Belt along the way with his fastball and knuckleball repertoire.

It was his second scoreless inning of the year, with his first appearance coming on April 26 as a member of the Houston Astros. He is the first position player to pitch for two teams in a season since Casper Wells in 2013.

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