Sports: Logan Webb stars as Giants beat slumping Pirates 2-0

Rodón dominates amid trade rumors, Giants beat Cubs 4-0

  Rodón dominates amid trade rumors, Giants beat Cubs 4-0 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Rodón struck out 10 over seven dominant innings amid speculation he could be traded, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday night. Rodón (9-6) got help from his defense early. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached over the outfield wall to snare Christopher Morel’s leadoff drive. “I was impressed that he got to that slider down-and-away,” Rodon said of Morel. Also, center fielder Austin Slater made a running grab of Nelson Velazquez’s hard-hit ball an inning later. Then Rodon took over. He fanned two in the second inning, then struck out the side in the third and fourth. He yielded two hits, none after the third inning.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb struck out nine in eight sparkling innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Saturday night.

  Logan Webb stars as Giants beat slumping Pirates 2-0 © Provided by The Canadian Press

Webb (11-5) allowed five hits and walked two in his second straight win. He pitched seven effective innings in a 6-4 victory at Oakland last weekend.

“His changeup was very good,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “He was able to execute it throughout the count, at any point.”

Camilo Doval got three outs for his 17th save. Greg Allen walked with one out, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. But Rodolfo Castro lined to left for the final out.

Cruz HR keys outburst as Pirates beat Brewers 5-3, end skid

  Cruz HR keys outburst as Pirates beat Brewers 5-3, end skid PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Oneil Cruz hit a three-run homer to spark a five-run sixth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-3 victory over the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, snapping a seven-game skid. Cruz hit a blast to dead center field off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes, pulling the Pirates into a 3-all tie. Pittsburgh then added two runs to win for the first time since July 23. “My mindsetCruz hit a blast to dead center field off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes, pulling the Pirates into a 3-all tie. Pittsburgh then added two runs to win for the first time since July 23.

LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a solo homer, helping San Francisco to its fifth win in seven games. Wade also doubled and scored on Joc Pederson’s double in the first.

Wade is hitting .187 (14 for 75) in 30 games since leaving the injured list, but 5 for 13 (.385) in his last six games.

“My at-bats have been better,” he said. “I’m trying to keep working on it, one at-bat at a time. I think it’s definitely going in my direction.”

Castro had two hits in Pittsburgh’s fifth loss in six games. Tyler Beede (1-2), who broke into the majors with San Francisco in 2018, allowed two runs and three hits in three innings while serving as the opener for the Pirates.

Webb improved to 8-3 in 13 starts this year at Oracle Park. The Pirates loaded the bases in the eighth on Tucupita Marcano’s double and walks to pinch-hitter Josh VanMeter and Bryan Reynolds, but Webb escaped the jam by striking out Ben Gamel.

Reynolds scores winning run as Pirates top slumping Brewers

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Webb appreciated being left in the game by manager Gabe Kapler.

“After I walked Reynolds, Kap was like, ‘OK, let’s go,’” Webb said.

Webb also helped himself with a nice defensive play in the third, scooping up Kevin Newman’s soft grounder and lunging for first base for the out.

Wade led off the third with a drive to right-center for his sixth homer. It was Wade’s fourth multihit game of the season.

TRAINING ROOM

Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes was out of the lineup because of back spasms. Castro replaced him. Shelton reiterated that Hayes, 25, might receive occasional breaks to keep him playable overall. “We’ll try to get him as much relief as possible,” Shelton said. “Hopefully we can alleviate the discomfort.” ... CF Reynolds is continuing to play regularly despite an oblique injury. The switch hitter started Saturday, one day after his streak of reaching base in 10 consecutive games ended.

Giants: Kapler said C Joey Bart, who is dealing with a sprained right ankle, could play if needed in an emergency. Bart is day to day. He ran on the field during batting practice Saturday.

UP NEXT

The Pirates and Giants conclude their season series on Sunday at Oracle Park. Zach Thompson (3-9, 5.08 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh, and Alex Wood (8-9, 4.17 ERA) pitches for San Francisco. Wood is 3-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 starts at home, compared to 5-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 12 road outings.

The Associated Press

Webb leaving MLS, wants to give more insight as EPL ref head .
LONDON (AP) — Howard Webb is leaving his job as head of refereeing in Major League Soccer to take up a similar role in the English Premier League with the aim of improving the general standard of officiating and providing better insight into the calls made by referees. The 51-year-old Webb has taken charge of the biggest games in soccer, and officiated in the Premier League for 11 years. For the past six years, he has worked in the United States and Canada, initially leading MLS’ video review operations and then as general manager of the Professional Referee Organization.

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