PITTSBURGH — Jack Suwinski hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 walk-off win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The rookie drove a slider right by Tyler Rogers (0-3) for his second game-ending home run of the season after finding a connection on June 4 against the Arizona Diamonbacks.
Suwinski is the first Pirates rookie to hit three homers in a game since Andrew McCutchen on August 1, 2009.
Suwinski, 23, took a low blow from starter Alex Cobb for a solo shot in fourth before giving Sam Long a 3-2 lead in sixth. He has 11 homers in 47 games this season, tied with Bryan Reynolds in the team lead.
Thairo Estrada scored a home goal from Pittsburgh closer David Bednar, who was leading from the top of ninth place, to level the game by 3. Bednar (3-1) worked his second inning of relief, knocking out two of the last three batsmen to end the ninth.
Mitch Keller gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in six innings for the Pirates, extending his starting streak to four with fewer than three runs allowed. He has given up eight earned carries in 28 1/3 innings (2.54 ERA) in his last six games (four starts).
Cobb allowed two runs with four hits in four innings during his return from the 15-day injury list with a neck strain.
After a penalty and two walks that strained bases for San Francisco with no outs in first, Joc Pederson dribbles a two-run single past Hoy Park on second base.
Park went into right midfield on a sinker from Cobb in the third yard, cutting to 2-1 with his first home run of the season.
Giants: RHP Mauricio Llovera Voted to Triple-A Sacramento.
Pirates: INF Josh VanMeter and INF Yoshi Tsutsugo could each start rehab duties this week, general manager Ben Cherington said. VanMeter has been out since June 1 with a broken left ring finger. Tsutsugo has not played since May 24 due to an undisclosed injury.
Giants: RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday to begin a four-game streak in Atlanta. Webb allowed five hits in seven shutout innings during a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on June 14 in his previous start.
Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50) will take the mound when Pittsburgh start a four-game set against the Cubs on Monday. Brubaker’s last win came on August 24, 2021.