Suwinski hits three homers for Pirates and avoids home sweep

Jack Suwinski hit his third home run of the game in the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep.

The rookie hit a Tyler Rogers (0-3) slider into deep right field for his second game-ending homer of the season after laying out the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 4.

Suwinski is the first Pirates rookie to hit three homers in a game since Andrew McCutchen on Aug. 1, 2009.

Suwinski, 23, sinked off starter Alex Cobb on a solo homer in the fourth before doing the same to Sam Long to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead in the sixth. He has 11 home runs in 47 games this season, tying Bryan Reynolds for the team lead.

Thairo Estrada homered off Pittsburgh closer David Bednar leading off the ninth inning, tying the game 3-3. Bednar (3-1), in his second inning of relief, struck out two of the last three batters to end the ninth.

For the Pirates, Puerto Rican Michael Pérez 3-1. The Venezuelan Diego Castillo 3-0.

For the Giants, the Mexican Luis González 5-1 with a run scored. Venezuelans Estrada 3-1 with runs scored and RBIs, and Wilmer Flores 2-0.

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