Jameson Taillon has some experience against the Giants, giving up 12 earned runs and 15 hits, and getting a loss and a no decision in those two games. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of past year.
Holland (1-3) collected his first win on the road since last May 21, going 0-9 in 12 outings away from home in the interim. Suarez did allow seven hits, but he walked just one, and the southpaw struck out six Braves.
The 5 and 2/3 innings Samardzija tossed were his most in any of his five starts this season, but the Giants expect a pitcher who is coming off five straight 200-inning seasons to work deeper into games.
"That's what it's all about", Holland said. "I've got to give the credit to Hundo who kept pushing me".
But the tie was ultimately brief, as Suarez was unable to shut out down the Pirates in the bottom of the frame.
The Pittsburgh hitters have produced 5.0 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game over its last 10 games and 6.8 per game over their last five.
"That was his best command of the year in terms of his ability to use it all", Hundley said.
Though the floodgates finally did open for the Giants, their lineup spent the first several innings scalding fastballs from Nova that resulted in nothing more than hard-hit outs. Likely many of those in attendance were there to pay tribute to McCutchen. Falling behind early has crushed the Giants on their road trip, as the club has given up at least one first inning run in seven of their nine games.
Andrew McCutchen left after 2017 as the 10th-ranked player in Pirates history in bWAR for position players and 4th in organization history in home runs. "To be going back and doing a fairly good job definitely is a plus".
When McCutchen was called out on strikes in his first at bat, fans booed the umpire's call.
For all the troubles the Giants had finding holes in the Pirates defense, Pittsburgh's lineup also fell on hard luck.
I am taking the Pirates in this one.
Despite the ominous start, the Giants forced their way back into the game in the top of the second when Longoria slammed the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall. Marte's 402-foot double almost ruined Holland's best start of the year, but the left-hander bounced back by striking out Josh Bell to end the fifth.
"He might have said, 'Hey, ' and I was just kind of star-struck", Kuhl said (via MLB.com).