Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 5
San Francisco0
Game 2: Saturday, September 6
San Francisco7
Game 3: Sunday, September 7
San Francisco11

Pirates 6

(60-81, 26-44 away)

Giants 7

(61-80, 31-40 home)

    9:05 PM ET, September 6, 2008

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

    123456789 R H E
    PIT 000030111 6 14 0
    SF 00010051 - 7 13 0

    W: G. Espineli (2-0)

    L: D. Bautista (4-3)

    S: B. Wilson (37)

    Pirates-Giants Preview


    The Pittsburgh Pirates have certainly made a habit out of beating the San Francisco Giants, and not even a small earthquake could stop them.

    They'll try to extend their winning streak at San Francisco to eight games for the first time in over 11 years Saturday night when the clubs continue their three-game series.

    The Pirates (60-80) have won 16 of the last 19 meetings with the Giants (60-80), including all four matchups this season. They've also taken seven games in a row at San Francisco, outscoring the Giants 45-17 while posting a .305 batting average and a 2.14 ERA.

    Pittsburgh last won eight consecutive road games against the Giants from June 10, 1996-April 1, 1997, for its longest road winning streak in the all-time series.

    The Pirates continued their current run Friday, beating San Francisco 7-0 behind a six-hitter from Zach Duke.

    "We get tired of being beat up by anybody," Giants reliever Jack Taschner said.

    Friday's game also had a light earthquake rattle the San Francisco Bay area around 9 p.m. local time, and registered as a preliminary 4.0-magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. During the 1989 World Series here between the Giants and Oakland Athletics, a 6.9 earthquake hit during warmups before Game 3 and delayed the conclusion of the Series.

    The Pirates will give the ball to Paul Maholm (8-8, 3.81 ERA), who is looking to rebound from one of his worst performances of the season.

    The left-hander was tagged for six runs and seven hits, including two homers, in 5 1-3 innings of an 11-3 loss to Milwaukee last Saturday. It was his shortest outing since lasting five innings in a loss at Washington on May 3, and came after he went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his four previous outings.

    "He's done a phenomenal job all year and you've got to figure that at some point he's going to hit a bump in the road because everyone does," Pirates manager John Russell said.

    Maholm is 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA in three starts against San Francisco, with Pittsburgh winning all of them.

    The Giants, losers of six of their last seven, hope Matt Cain (8-11, 3.69) can avoid losing a third consecutive start.

    The right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA and nine walks in 11 innings over his last two starts. He struggled with his control again Sunday, getting reached for five runs and eight hits while walking a season high-tying five and hitting another batter in five innings of a 9-3 loss at Cincinnati.

    "Walks have killed us all year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Enough's enough. You have to pound the strike zone."

    Cain is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh.

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    Gameday Matchup

     PittsburghSan Francisco
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 103-74-6

    Pitching Matchup

    PittsburghSan Francisco
    P. Maholm
    9-9, 3.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at MIL
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    M. Cain
    8-14, 3.76 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs LA
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.PittsburghSan Francisco
    1. N. Morgan, LF R. Winn, LF
    2. F. Sanchez, 2B I. Ochoa, 2B
    3. N. McLouth, CF R. Aurilia, 3B
    4. R. Doumit, C B. Molina, C
    5. A. LaRoche, 1B S. McClain, 1B
    6. B. Moss, RF A. Rowand, CF
    7. A. LaRoche, 3B N. Schierholtz, RF
    8. L. Cruz, SS E. Burriss, SS
    9. P. Maholm, P M. Cain, P