Lyles, Marte, González Hurt in Pirates' Win Over Giants

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Pittsburgh got all of its runs against Madison Bumarner (1-3) in the first inning.

Archer initially said he would appeal his suspension, but after facing the Washington Nationals last Sunday, giving up just one run over seven innings, he dropped the appeal.

It ended with a 431-foot homer into shrubs beyond the center field fence at PNC Park, an unlikely curtain call, a series of selfies in a downpour, 510 unread text messages (and counting) and a rain-shortened 3-1 Pirates victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday that left the 22-year-old both elated and exhausted. "I was trying to go in, get a groundball for a double play and it just stayed in the middle".

The relay from right fielder Steven Duggar to second baseman Joe Panik to Posey beat Kang by a good two steps to preserve Smith's fifth save.

Not bad for a self-proclaimed "skinny, not home-run-hitter guy". "But to say that I did that and for my family to be here to see that and to introduce myself to this city and this club in that fashion is like, storybook".

Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with four home runs and is batting.224.

It turned out not to be close at all, though Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle defended Cora's decision.

On Saturday, Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker and outfielder Bryan Reynolds made their major league debuts. Two outs later, on a 2-2 pitch, Bell hit his fourth homer for a 2-0 lead. Tucker was hitting.333 with three home runs in Triple-A.

San Francisco erased the deficit quickly.

The Giants, whose previous record for scoreless first innings to start a season was 17 games in 1954, are 6-for-69 (.087) in the opening inning this year.

The Pirates called up Tucker and Reynolds to fill in for Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez, both of whom will be out indefinitely following a violent collision in the eighth inning of a 4-1 win Friday night. The Pirates put Marte on the 10-day injured list, making him the fourth member of Pittsburgh's outfield to miss significant time, joining right fielder Gregory Polanco (shoulder surgery), left fielder Corey Dickerson (strained right shoulder) and utility outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall (broken right index finger). Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.91 ERA) starts against Trent Thornton (0-2, 5.40).