SAN FRANCISCO — The putrid stretch at AT&T Park hit a new low Tuesday night.
A 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the Giants to 0-5 on the homestand. They had not dropped the first five games of a homestand since their first one at AT&T Park, April 11-15, 2000.
A night after getting shut out on 100 pitches, the Giants mustered just six hits and struck out 13 times against former San Francisco farmhand Francisco Liriano and two Pirates relievers. Liriano struck out 11 in seven strong innings.
Tim Hudson got off to a rough start but had a solid night overall. Josh Harrison kicked things off with a leadoff homer to right, and Travis Snider hit a two-run shot in the second, but Hudson would allow just two hits the rest of the way while getting through seven innings for the 13th time in 21 starts.
Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 20th save.
Buster Posey had three of the Giants’ six hits, including a leadoff single in the ninth. Pablo Sandoval followed with a deep fly out to right before Melancon struck out Morse and pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa.
Hudson (8-8) allowed six hits over seven innings and took his sixth loss in the last eight starts.
While the Giants weren’t able to give Hudson any help, they surely are encouraged by the way he feels as the weather heats up. Hudson has thrown a season-high 114 pitches in each of his last two starts and has given up just four earned runs in three starts.
The Giants made another flurry of moves. Veteran first baseman Travis Ishikawa had his contract purchased, and outfielder Juan Perez was recalled from Triple-A.