PITTSBURGH – Adam Frazier tripled home the tying run in the 11th inning with his fourth hit of the game and scored the winner on Gregory Polanco’s sacrifice fly as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
After Austin Slater’s single put the Giants ahead in the top of the 11th, Frazier led off the bottom half with his hit high off the 21-foot Clemente Wall in right field. That scored Michael Perez, who began the inning as the automatic runner on second base.
Kevin Newman lined out softly and Giants manager Gabe Kapler had Caleb Baragar intentionally walk Bryan Reynolds and rookie Will Craig to load the bases. Polanco foiled the strategy by hitting a deep fly to center field.
The comeback gave rookie reliever Luis Oviedo (1-1) his first major league win.
NL West-leading San Francisco (23-15) missed a chance to move 10 games over .500 for the first time since 2016. Pittsburgh won for just the fourth time in 15 games.
Reynolds’ run-scoring single in the ninth tied the score 1-all and sent the game to extra innings.
San Francisco starter Kevin Gausman took a three-hit shutout into the ninth but could not finish it. He was pulled by Kapler after giving up back-to-back singles to Frazier and Newman to start the inning.
Giants closer Jake McGee relieved with runners on first and third and was greeted by Reynolds’ hit to right field. McGee then struck out Craig, Polanco and Erik Gonzalez to end the threat.
While Gausman missed out on his first career shutout in the 172nd start of his nine-year career, he did set a personal best with 12 strikeouts. He previously had two 11-strikeout games, including April 24 against Miami.
Gausman allowed five hits and no walks while throwing 96 pitches. He has pitched at least six innings in all eight starts this season and yielded more than one run only once.
Brandon Crawford broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the eighth to the first row of seats in right field off Duane Underwood Jr.
The Giants managed just four hits against rookie Miguel Yajure and Pittsburgh’s bullpen and did not have a plate appearance with a runner in scoring position.
Yajure pitched five scoreless innings and allowed only one hit, a third-inning single by Gausman, in his second career start. Throwing just 57 pitches, Yajure had four strikeouts and one walk.
Pittsburgh called up Yajure from Triple-A Indianapolis to make what was expected to be a spot start. The move was made to give the other starting pitchers extra rest.
The Pirates were 0 for 5 with four strikeouts against Gausman with runners in scoring position. He also set down Pittsburgh in order the first time through the lineup.
The Pirates optioned RHP Geoff Hartlieb to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for Yajure. Hartlieb has made one major league relief appearance this season, allowing three runs in two innings. Michael Feliz, who had been designated for assignment by Pittsburgh, was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati.
The Pirates said on Friday that they will no longer require fans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a facemask while at PNC Park.
Fans who are not yet fully vaccinated must continue to wear a facemask while at PNC Park as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Next week, the Pirates said they plan to announce details regarding capacity increases for the remainder of the season and further adjustments to the health and safety protocols at PNC Park.
“We are excited to be able to quickly adjust our facemask policy, consistent with the Department of Health’s announcement. This is another huge step in our return to normalcy here in Pittsburgh,” Pirates president Travis Williams said.
“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our fans as we continue to adjust our health and safety protocols accordingly. We join our partners at Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health in encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that we can reach the 70 percent threshold in Pennsylvania and remove the mask mandate entirely.”