Giants 5, Pirates 2
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) _ Shawn Estes pitched eight strong innings and J.T. Snow drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Sunday.
Estes (9-7) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked one. Robb Nen struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save, tying Mike Marshall (178) for 31st on the career list.
Barry Bonds hit a solo homer off Kris Benson (10-11) in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Bonds’ 26th of the season was his first hit in 12 at-bats.
Bill Mueller’s RBI single in the third put the Giants up 2-0, but the Pirates cut it to 2-1 when Kevin Young singled to score Mike Benjamin in the fourth.
Snow doubled home two runs in the fifth and added his 19th homer of the year, off Pirates pitcher Greg Hansell, in the seventh to give San Francisco a 5-1 advantage.
Pirates relief pitcher Jeff Wallace came on to face Bonds after Marc Wilkens walked the bases loaded in the sixth and got him to fly out to the warning track in center.
Pinch-hitter Dale Sveum and Brian Giles hit solo homers in ninth that chased Estes from the game.
Benson, who is 0-3 in his last four starts, allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. He walked five and struck out four.
Notes: Benson leads all N.L. rookies in ERA (4.11), innings pitched (160) and strikeouts (115). ... The Pirates finished with an all-time record of 108-156 at Candlestick Park and are 7-5 in last visits to ballparks. ... Bonds needs one RBI to tie Matt Williams (732) for fourth place on the all-time San Francisco Giants list and four runs to tie father Bobby Bonds (765) for third on the all-time San Francisco list. ... Snow has hit safely in his last eight games (14-for-31).