Marte's 2-out HR in bottom of 9th lifts Pirates over Giants
PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Marte sent the first pitch he saw from Kontos (2-2) into the sun-drenched seats in left field for his second career walkoff hit. Mark Melancon (3-1) needed six pitches to get through the top of the ninth to set up Marte's winner.
Jung Ho Kang hit a pair of solo homers for the Pirates. Pittsburgh's bullpen has won 18 straight decisions, the longest streak in the majors since 1909.
San Francisco starter Mike Leake allowed one hit in six innings but was removed for a pinch hitter with the tying run on third and one out in the seventh. Ehire Adrianza had an RBI single for the Giants.