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Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 11:43 PM EDT
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San Francisco Giants
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R H E
2 9 0
Pittsburgh Pirates
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R H E
5 6 0
W Suppan (4-0)
L Foppert (0-1)
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PITTSBURGH 5, SAN FRANCISCO 2
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jeff Suppan continued his stellar start, allowing a run in seven-plus innings, as the Pittsburgh Pirates posted a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants .

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 Jason Kendall ) 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 Barry Bonds , who missed the game with a stiff neck, and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Jesse Foppert 's first career start began well when he struck out Kenny Lofton , but went downhill from there. After Foppert walked Kendall, and Kendall advanced to second on a passed ball, Matt Stairs gave the Pirates the lead with a single past second baseman Ray Durham .

Foppert (0-1) then hit Aramis Ramirez with a pitch and received a visit from pitching coach Dave Righetti . Randall Simon bounced out, but Foppert continued to struggle with his control, walking Reggie Sanders .

Pokey Reese then looped a two-run single to right field and Craig Wilson 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 Felipe Alou 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."

Edgardo Alfonzo 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 Neifi Perez that scored Marquis Grissom . After Durham walked, Alfonzo represented the tying run at the plate against closer Mike Williams , 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.


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