Giants' Andrew McCutchen Gets Long Standing Ovation in Return to Pittsburgh

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Today features Andrew McCutchen 's return to Pittsburgh, where he spent his entire career prior to this season. The tables turned Sunday, with none of Pittsburgh's seven hits leaving the park and San Francisco hitting two out. It came in a trade from Pittsburgh during the winter.

McCutchen told reporters he got emotional when he ran into a Pirates videographer heading into the clubhouse. The reception he received was pretty darn awesome, including a standing ovation and MVP chants. Belt is hitting.286/.403/.504 with six home runs, 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored, while McCutchen (.250/.377/.379) has produced three homers, 14 RBIs and 21 runs scored. It's a far cry from his heyday with the Pirates. It ended up being the difference in the game, and it was his only hit in five at-bats.

"People have asked, 'How you going to feel?" "As soon as the jersey gets put on me, that's what I am". "Part of me needs to be positive in this game but we'll keep that to myself and it is what it is. It's only been good things, positive vibes here and everyone's been very welcoming".

For all the troubles the Giants had finding holes in the Pirates defense, Pittsburgh's lineup also fell on hard luck. Now they head to pitcher-friendly PNC Park and will face Taillon, who has shut down most of the opponents that he's faced in 2018.

The Pirates assured themselves of their ninth series win of the season.

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Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered, and the Pirates matched a season high with their fifth consecutive victory, beating the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, on Saturday.

San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs.

McCutchen worked a 3-0 count against Jameson Taillon before whiffing on consecutive pitches.

On the first pitch of Rodriguez's outing, catcher Nick Hundley slugged a three-run home run into the left field corner to break open the game and push the Giants ahead 5-0. That includes giving up a season-high seven runs in 3 2/3 innings April 25 against Detroit. The two teams started a three-game series Friday.

As a unit, Pittsburgh's pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall this season. The left-hander had allowed at least three earned runs in each of his past five starts, but kept Pirates hitters off balance with a fastball that bumped up to 93 miles per hour and a slider that helped him rack up five swinging strikes.

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