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Correia strong as Pirates top Giants

3:40 PM, Apr 15, 2012   |    comments
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Kevin Correia tossed six strong innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided a sweep with a 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Correia (1-0) gave up just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two. Joel Hanrahan struggled with his control in the ninth, but managed to turn away the Giants and record his first save of the season.

Alex Presley finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Garrett Jones crushed a solo home run, while Neil Walker had two hits and Josh Harrison added an RBI for the Bucs, who snapped a five-game skid.

Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season after recovering from back pain that caused him to miss time during spring training. Vogelsong gave up just two runs on four hits and three walks while fanning seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Emmanuel Burriss knocked in the only run of the game for the Giants, who had a three-game winning streak halted.

To make matters worse for San Francisco, the team placed star closer Brian Wilson on the 15-day DL with a right elbow sprain.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced on Saturday that the hard-throwing righty likely has structural damage in the elbow and would consult orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, but he will likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

 

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