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Pirates look for series sweep over San Francisco

April 21, 2019

San Francisco Giants (8-14, fifth in the NL West) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-6, first in the NL Central)

Pittsburgh; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

LINE: Pirates favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh will sweep the series over San Francisco with a win.

The Pirates are 6-2 on their home turf. Pittsburgh has hit 15 home runs as a team this season. Jung Ho Kang leads the team with three while slugging .365.

The Giants are 3-9 on the road. San Francisco has a team on-base percentage of .263, led by Brandon Belt with a mark of .329. The Pirates won the last meeting 3-1. Jameson Taillon notched his first victory and Cole Tucker went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Pittsburgh. Derek Holland registered his third loss for San Francisco.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kang leads the Pirates with three home runs and is batting .154. Starling Marte is 8-for-42 with a double, a triple, two home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.

Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with four home runs and is batting .224. Belt is 7-for-30 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and an RBI over the last 10 games for San Francisco.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 7-3, .219 batting average, 2.30 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs

Giants: 4-6, .207 batting average, 3.33 ERA, outscored by seven runs

Pirates Injuries: Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Jordan Lyles: day-to-day (hand), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Gregory Polanco: 10-day IL (shoulder), Starling Marte: 10-day IL (abdominal contusion), Corey Dickerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: 10-day IL (finger), Jose Osuna: 10-day IL (neck), Kevin Newman: 10-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (left clavicle), Adam Frazier: day-to-day (back), Elias Diaz: 10-day IL (illness).

Giants Injuries: Johnny Cueto: 60-day IL (elbow).

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