SAN FRANCISCO - Except for about 30 friends and family in the stands, Sacramento native Vance Worley silenced the announced crowd of 41,794 at AT&T Park with the best performance of his career.
Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a 5-0 win over the struggling Giants on Monday night.
"Just glad I gave them something fun to watch," said Worley, who didn't grow up a Giants fan but heard "a lot of lip" from friends after coming up in the Phillies organization.
Worley sure seems to bring his best against San Francisco.
Worley (4-1) struck out three and walked one in an efficient 100-pitch outing. His only other complete game came in a 7-2 win over the Giants on July 26, 2011, in Philadelphia.
Four players drove in a run off Bumgarner (12-8) in the first, and Josh Harrison hit his seventh homer in the second to provide all of Pittsburgh's pop.
Worley worked over batters the rest of the way to hand San Francisco its fifth straight loss and 12th shutout this season.
The right-hander was acquired from Minnesota on March 25 for a player to be named or cash. He spent time in extended spring training and with Triple-A Indianapolis before being thrust into Pitts