McLouth's 2 HR Help Duke Get 1st Win in Nearly 11 Months

San Francisco loses for 6th time in nine games
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 11:30 PM CDT
McLouth's 2 HR Help Duke Get 1st Win in Nearly 11 Months
Pittsburgh Pirates' Nate McLouth and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, rear, watch McLouth's home run clear the wall in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday May 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Nate McLouth, dropped a spot in Pittsburgh's order to get more opportunities to produce runs, homered twice while driving in three runs and Zach Duke won for the first time in nearly a year as the Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 12-6 on Tuesday night. Duke (1-2) was winless in six starts this season and 12 games since June 12.

He lost that on Daniel Ortmeier's RBI double, and wound up being charged with three runs on eight hits over 7 1-3 innings _ his longest start since he lasted eight innings in a 3-0 win over the Mets on Sept. 17, 2006. McLouth, a part-time outfielder until this season, had three hits to jump his average to .333. (More baseball stories.)

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