SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates scored seven runs in the fifth inning, whipped San Francisco 10-5 Thursday and held on to the lead in the NL Central.
Jose Tabata's three-run double capped the big rally.
After St. Louis beat Atlanta earlier in the day, Pittsburgh needed a win to keep the division lead.
Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer hit solo homers for the Pirates.
Jeanmar Lopez (3-0) got the win. Guillermo Moscoso (1-2) took the loss.
Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford each had two RBI for the Giants, losers of four of their last five games.