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Gerrit Cole strikes out 9, Walker delivers key double as Pirates beat Giants 4-3

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SAN FRANCISCO — Gerrit Cole struck out a nine to win his third straight start, Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth after a pair of called strikeouts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Monday night.

Andrew McCutchen had two likely hits stolen by great plays in the outfield and he instead settled for sacrifice flies against Ryan Vogelsong (4-3).

PHOTO: Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tumbles over San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, left, while turning a double play in the third inning of their baseball game Monday, June 1, 2015, in San Francisco. Out at first base on the play was the Giants' Buster Posey. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tumbles over San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, left, while turning a double play in the third inning of their baseball game Monday, June 1, 2015, in San Francisco. Out at first base on the play was the Giants' Buster Posey. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Cole (8-2) struck out the side in order in the fourth, then worked a 1-2-3 fifth before loading the bases with none out in the sixth. He got out of it with a strikeout of Brandon Belt and inducing Brandon Crawford's inning-ending double play.

Belt's two-run, two-out double in the first put San Francisco ahead in a rematch of the NL one-game wild card won 8-0 by the eventual champion Giants last October at PNC Park.


(Eds note: Deletes reference to Cole having season best in strikeouts.)

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PHOTO: Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole reacts after scoring the Pirates' second run in the fifth inning of their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, June 1, 2015, in San Francisco. Cole scored after Andrew McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly to right field. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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