Suppan (4-0) allowed only one run and seven hits with four strikeouts in seven-plus innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.37.
"No matter who you're playing, you have to go out there and make pitches," Suppan said. "(Pittsburgh catcher
) has been able to settle me down when I get back in the count or there are a couple of guys on base."
The Giants played without superstar
, who missed the game with a stiff neck, and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.
's first career start began well when he struck out
, but went downhill from there. After Foppert walked Kendall, and Kendall advanced to second on a passed ball,
gave the Pirates the lead with a single past second baseman
then looped a two-run single to right field and
followed with a broken-bat single to score two more runs before Foppert finally struck out Suppan to end the inning.
"He was not hit hard in the first inning," Giants manager
said. "You're never going to see him nervous. It was just a couple of bloop hits and a couple of walks."
Foppert improved after the rocky first inning, but left after four, having allowed five runs, five hits and four walks on 102 pitches. The rookie righthander struck out three, but threw only 58 strikes.
"No excuses, I just couldn't get the ball where I wanted to," Foppert said. "I wasn't wild at all. I certainly wanted to start quicker. I think I settled in after the first inning, able to move the ball a little bit better."
hit his second homer of the season in the third inning, taking a 1-1 pitch from Suppan over the left field fence for a solo shot.
Simon left the game after the seventh inning with a mild concussion he suffered in a collision with Durham at first base.
The Giants scored in the ninth inning on a single by pinch hitter
. After Durham walked, Alfonzo represented the tying run at the plate against closer
, but grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice.
Grissom extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in the ninth, his sixth of the season.
San Francisco fell to 8-2 away from Pacific Bell Park, but still has the National League's best road record.