Bucs can’t overcome Giants’ five run fourth inning

Final: Giants 6, Pirates 5

WP: Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01 ERA)

LP: Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.80 ERA)

SV: Sergio Romo (5, 0.72 ERA)

Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates jumped out to an early lead when Cutch hit an RBI single in the first inning following back-to-back singles by Josh Harrison and Drew Sutton. McCutchen then hit an RBI triple in the third inning and later scored on a Neil Walker double.

Erik Bedard breezed through the first three innings but then fell apart in the fourth inning as he gave up four hits and two walks. Couple that with two errors in the field, and you have a five run inning for the Giants.

Chris Resop came on to pitch 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Bedard to keep the game in check.

The Pirates added a run in the fifth with a solo homer by Casey McGehee, but the Giants got it right back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly off Juan Cruz.

In the eighth, the Pirates struck again with the long ball as Pedro Alvarez hit a 457-foot bomb over the right center field seats that bounced out of the park.

Jared Hughes kept the game within one with his second of two scoreless innings, but the Pirates went down 1-2-3 in the ninth to drop their first game since Sunday.

It may be time to start worrying about Erik Bedard. He’s given up four or more runs in seven of his last ten starts and has only pitched more than five innings in seven of his 17 starts this year.

Josh Harrison had a good day out of the lead off spot going 2 for 2 with a walk before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning.

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