Logan Webb stars as Giants beat collapsing Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO — Logan Webb struckout nine batters in eight sparkling innings and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Saturday-evening.

Webb (11-5) gave up five hits and walked two in his second straight win. He threw seven effective innings last weekend in a 6-4 win in Oakland.

“His substitution was very good,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “He was able to run it throughout the count, at any time.”

Camilo Doval retired the side for his 17th save. Greg Allen walked with one out, stole second base and moved to third base on a groundout. But Rodolfo Castro lined left for the last out.

LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a solo homer to help San Francisco to its fifth win in seven games. Wade also doubled and scored on the double by Joc Pederson in the first.

Wade has hit .187 (14 for 75) in 30 games since leaving the injured list, but 5 for 13 (.385) in his last six games.

“My at bats have been better,” he said. “I’m trying to keep working on it, at bat at a time. I think it’s definitely going my way.”

Castro had two hits in Pittsburgh’s fifth loss in six games. Tyler Beede (1-2), who broke through in the majors in 2018 with San Francisco, gave up two runs and three hits in three innings as the opener for the Pirates.

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Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb in the third inning against the Pirates Aug 13, 2022.

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Webb improved to 8-3 in 13 starts at Oracle Park this year. The Pirates loaded the bases in the eighth on Tucupita Marcano’s double and walked pinch-hitter Josh VanMeter and Bryan Reynolds, but Webb escaped the jam by striking out Ben Gamel.

Webb appreciated being left in the game by manager Gabe Kapler.

“After walking with Reynolds, Kap said, ‘Okay, let’s go,’” Webb said.

Webb also helped himself with a nice defensive play in the third, scooping up Kevin Newman’s soft grounder and jumping to first base for the out.

Wade led off the third with a drive to center right for his sixth homer. It was Wade’s fourth multi-hit game of the season.

TRAINING ROOM

Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes was out of lineup due to back cramps. Castro replaced him. Shelton reiterated that Hayes, 25, could get occasional breaks to keep him playable overall. “We’ll try to give him as much relief as possible,” Shelton said. “Hopefully we can ease the discomfort.” … CF Reynolds continues to play regularly despite an oblique injury. The medley started on Saturday, a day after his streak of reaching base in 10 consecutive games ended.

Giants: Kapler said C Joey Bart, who is dealing with a sprained right ankle, could play if needed in an emergency. Bart is day to day. He walked onto the field on Saturday during battle practice.

NEXT ONE

The Pirates and Giants close their season series on Sunday at Oracle Park. Zach Thompson (3-9, 5.08 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh, and Alex Wood (8-9, 4.17 ERA) pitches for San Francisco. Wood is 3-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 starts at home, compared to 5-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 12 road races.

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