Bad inning costs Vogelsong in debut 

click to enlarge Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was solid in his first start of the season, allowing two runs over 6.1 innings. - JASON O. WATSON/US PRESSWIRE
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  • Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was solid in his first start of the season, allowing two runs over 6.1 innings.

Ryan Vogelsong made a strong season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, but one bad inning left him on the losing end of a 4-1 game.

Vogelsong retired the first three hitters he faced, but all four hits he surrendered came in the second inning — when the Pirates rallied for two runs before he settled down, finishing with seven strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter in 6¹⁄³ innings.

“I had some times out there where I felt pretty good,” he said, “like things were pretty smooth and the ball was coming out and I was hitting my spots pretty good. And then there were times when I was really fighting myself and missing some locations.”

He credited the defense for making plays behind him to help with a streak of 12 consecutive batters retired after Andrew McCutchen was caught stealing in the third inning. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval snared a line drive that was hit directly at him and made a running, sliding catch in foul territory later in the game.

Sandoval later committed his fourth error of the season, however, leading to a Pirates run. That gives the Giants a majors-worst 14 for the season.

“It’s hurting us,” manager Bruce Bochy said of the team’s fielding woes. “There’s no getting around it. We’ve got to get better defensively. The pitching is starting to come around, we’re tightening some things up there, but we’ve got to catch the ball and make some plays.”

Bochy said the team seemed to lack focus all day, a problem that may be linked to the news that closer Brian Wilson will likely miss the rest of the regular season.

“It was a strange day,” he said. “We just never got it going there and we seemed out of sorts and couldn’t get this offense clicking today.”

The San Francisco offense went 0-for-11 with men in scoring position, managing their only run on a fielder’s choice by Emmanuel Burriss. Pirates starter Kevin Correia held his former team to three hits over six innings, allowing one walk and one earned run with two strikeouts and one walk to earn the win. Joel Hanrahan earned his first save of the season.

Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones homered to lead off the second. Neil Walker scored the second run after Vogelsong was late getting to first base on a slow ground ball hit by Alex Presley to first baseman Brandon Belt.

NOTES: Sandoval has hit safely in all nine of the team’s games. … Belt snapped a nine at-bat hitless streak with a double in the fifth inning. … Correia pitched for the Giants from 2003 to 2008.

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