Home runs by Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen and 5 1/3 innings from Francisco Liriano helped the Pirates overcome 3 errors for a 5-2 win and a series victory over the San Francisco Giants.
The Bucs are 3 ½ games behind the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and hit the road for another four-game set, lefty J.A. Happ is due to face Miami tonight at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park. This series is the Pirates’ last against National League East competition. They are 21-8 against that division.