Connor Joe Homers Against Former Team As Pirates Beat San Francisco 2-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Connor Joe homered against his former team and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco 2-1 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak against the Giants.

The Pirates moved back to .500 (27-27) after falling under for the first time since they were 1-2. Pittsburgh has gone 7-19 after starting the season 20-8.

Joe, who played for San Francisco in 2019, homered off John Brebbia in the first inning.

“It feels good doing that against any team, honestly,” Joe said. “No bad blood. I’m grateful (for) the opportunity they gave me to debut.”

Michael Conforto tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.

Pittsburgh scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, aided by a Giants error. With Rodolfo Castro on first and one out, Jason Delay singled to left. The ball bounced past left fielder Mitch Haniger, allowing Castro to advance to third and Delay to second.

Sean Manaea delivered a wild pitch, allowing Castro to score.

“Rudy did a good job getting a break on a ball that he saw down and did a good job base-running,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We didn’t have a ton of opportunities and we capitalized on a ball in the dirt.”

Josh Palacios followed with a ground ball to first, but Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. threw Delay out at the plate. The call was challenged and confirmed upon review.

Manaea (2-3) allowed just an unearned run in four innings of relief.

Pirates starter Johan Oviedo struggled with his command but held the Giants to one run in 4 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out five.

“He executed pitches when he had to,” Shelton said. “When he put runners on base, he did a good job executing.”

Dauri Moreta (2-1) relieved Oviedo in the fifth and was credited with the win following a scoreless inning.

David Bednar retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save in 11 chances.

San Francisco went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position after going 9 for 18 in Monday’s win. The Giants left nine runners on base.

“There are going to be nights when we’re not able to cash in on those (opportunities),” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “I thought we had a good, quality first inning, had a couple of moments where we were threatening. We just weren’t able to get the big hit.”

Pirates add Santana looking for Power, Veteran Presence

FILE – Seattle Mariners first baseman Carlos Santana hits against the Houston Astros to score a run during the fourth inning in Game 2 of an American League Division Series baseball game in Houston, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana to a 1-year contract. The deal, announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, is worth $6.75 million.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $6.75 million. The arrival of the 36-year-old gives the young Pirates an experienced hitter who the team hopes will serve as a role model in 2023. The switch-hitting Santana split time between Kansas City and Seattle in 2022, hitting .202 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs. He provided some much-needed pop to Seattle’s lineup after arriving in a trade in June, slugging 15 home runs to help the Mariners reach the postseason for the first time since 2001.

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CCBC Players of the Game: Quaker Valley @ Hopewell 9/30/22



95.7 FM and1460 WMBA’s Rob Matzie and Bruce Frey had the call from Hopewell High School of this WPIAL Class 3A Western Hills Conference high school football game as the Vikings battled the Quakers.  In a game that saw the Quakers jump out to an early lead the Vikings came back and dominated the game coming away with a 40-20 victory. Your CCBC Players of the game are:

Quaker Valley: Troy Kosar
Hopewell: Davion Jackson

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Hiura, Urías Get Key hits as Brewers beat Pirates 6-1

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Adrian Houser throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By ANDREW WAGNER Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura and Luis Urías each hit an RBI single during Milwaukee’s four-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1. Willy Adames had a run-scoring double as Milwaukee won for the fourth time in five games. Freddy Peralta pitched five effective innings, and Taylor Rogers got four outs for the win. Ben Gamel homered for last-place Pittsburgh, which had won two of three. Kevin Newman had two of the Pirates’ five hits.

Mitchell, Hiura Homer Late, Brewers Rally Past Pirates 7-5

Milwaukee Brewers’ Keston Hiura hits a walk off two-run home during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By RICH ROVITO Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Garrett Mitchell hit a tying home run in the eighth inning and Keston Hiura connected for a game-ending shot in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5. Hiura, who replaced injured first baseman Rowdy Tellez in the fourth, launched a two-run homer off reliever Wil Crowe that bounced off the top of the left-field wall. Willy Adames singled leading off the ninth for the Brewers. Mitchell, starting his second game in the majors after being called up from Triple-A Nashville late last week, belted his first career homer, a two-run drive off Crowe with two outs in the eighth. That earned Mitchell a curtain call from the crowd, which included several family members. Pittsburgh lost for 14th time in 17 games.

Pirates for 3! Yes! Triples lead Pirates past Phillies 5-0

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Oneil Cruz runs to third base for a triple hit off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard during the first inning of baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Oneil Cruz, Tucupita Marcano and Bryan Reynolds all tripled and scored, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 to end a seven-game losing streak. The Pirates won for only the third time in 16 games. They also snapped the Phillies’ six-game winning streak. The Pirates became the second team this season to hit three triples in a game. Noah Syndergaard took the loss for the Phillies. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto caught two runners stealing.

Fried Allows 3 Hits in 8 innings as Braves top Pirates 6-1

Atlanta Braves starter Max Fried delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
By WES CROSBY Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Max Fried allowed three hits in eight innings, pacing the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Fried (12-4) struck out seven and walked one, retiring 20 of the final 23 batters he faced. The All-Star left-hander got through eight innings for the second time this season, also doing so when he gave up two hits to the Rockies in eight shutout innings on June 3. Atlanta has taken the first two of the three-game series, and 13 of 15 overall, to move closer to the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.

Odorizzi Ks 7, Harris Homers; Braves top Pirates 2-1

Atlanta Braves’ Michael Harris II, upper right, is greeted by Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) after also driving in Vaughn Grissom, bottom right, with a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By WES CROSBY Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Odorizzi struck out seven and Michael Harris II homered for each of Atlanta’s two runs, helping the Braves gain in the NL East with a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Odorizzi (5-5) allowed one run on four hits in six innings, retiring 14 of his final 15 batters faced. Harris drove in two with his 13th homer of his rookie season, sent 391 feet into the leftfield bleachers off a curveball from Roansy Contreras (3-4). The Braves pulled to within three games of the Mets for first in the NL East.