Diamondbacks 15, Pirates 6
Edwin Jackson just needed to connect at the plate to find his
rhythm on the mound.
A team-record 13-run burst in the fourth inning, capped by the
first homer of Jackson’s career, put the Arizona newcomer into his
Jackson, Chris Young and Kelly Johnson all homered in the big
inning to send the Diamondbacks over the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-6
Jackson (1-1) went into the bottom of the fourth trailing 4-2
after giving up seven hits, but allowed only three hits in three
scoreless innings after that.
“At first I had an adrenaline rush and was just too fast,” he
said. “I had to take a step back and slow down a little bit.”
Jackson had two of Arizona’s eight hits in the fourth and became
the first pitcher to score two runs in an inning since last Aug.
14, when Randy Wells of the Cubs did it against Pittsburgh. Jackson
singled early in the fourth, then finished it off with a two-run
homer. At 400 feet, his drive was the longest of Arizona’s four
“When I saw (center fielder Andrew) McCutchen break down I knew
it was gone, but I didn’t know off the bat it was gone,” said
Jackson, who hadn’t had a hit since June 18, 2007, against Arizona
and was a career .129 hitter entering the day.
Catcher Chris Snyder, starting because Miguel Montero was placed
on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain earlier in the
day, homered for Arizona and tied his career high with five
“Definitely not the way you want to get back in,” Snyder said.
“… It couldn’t have worked out any better.”
Young’s homer was his third in four games and he drove in four
runs, giving him nine RBIs for the series.
Stephen Drew drove in two runs and every Diamondbacks starter
“The pitcher left some pitches over the plate,” Young said of
starter Daniel McCutchen. “It all started with Snyder. … It was
a trickle-down effect. Everybody was having good at bats.”
The Diamondbacks easily surpassed the club record of eight runs
in an inning. They matched a regular-season team mark for hits –
they got nine in a 2001 World Series game against the Yankees – and
home runs in the inning.
The Pirates tied a team record for most runs allowed in an
inning. The other times were 1994 and 1890.
Jackson (1-1) settled down after a rough start to win his first
game with Arizona. He was an All-Star last year with Detroit and
was acquired in a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to
Daniel McCutchen (0-1) lasted 3 1-3 innings in his season debut.
He allowed nine runs on six hits, including three home runs. Seven
runs and two of the homers came in the fourth.
“That’s probably the worst (inning) I’ve had,” he said. “No
fun out there. I wish I would have been more mentally strong and
stayed within myself a little more.”
Bobby Crosby homered for the Pirates, Lastings Milledge had
three hits and Delwyn Young drove in two runs.
Snyder, who said he is feeling ill, hit a two-run homer in the
second on the first pitch he saw.
“That was the first swing I took all day,” he said. “I was in
the training room napping during (batting practice). I was a
Young put the Diamondbacks ahead with a three-run homer and
Johnson followed with a home run. After back-to-back singles by
Jackson and Conor Jackson, Stephen Drew tripled to chase
Drew came home on Hayden Penn’s wild pitch and Justin Upton
scored on a groundout. Snyder greeted reliever Jack Taschner with a
three-run double and Jackson followed with his home run.
“Every time we were getting a hit, it was multiple runs and
that’s what turned into a big inning,” Young said.
“To put up that many quality at bats in a row is hard to do in
this league,” Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.
Jackson won despite allowing 10 hits, the most he has give up
since Sept. 24, 2008, when he surrendered 10 hits to Baltimore. He
won that game also.
Since starting 2-0, Pittsburgh has lost three of four and has
been outscored 36-15. The Pirates have allowed at least nine runs
in each of their losses and 45 total, the most in the National
Pittsburgh scored three times and hit for the cycle in the third
to go up 4-2. Following Andrew McCutchen’s homer to left field,
Milledge doubled down the right-field line, Ryan Church reached on
an infield single and both scored when Delwyn Young’s liner to
shallow center got past a diving Chris Young. Church ended up with
NOTES: Pittsburgh’s Delwyn Young made his first major league
start at 3B. He committed an error on his first play, throwing wide
of first base after fielding Conor Jackson’s grounder. … The
distance on Mark Reynolds home run Saturday was changed from 476
feet to 452 feet, dropping it from seventh-longest hit at Chase
Field to tied for 31st. … Since staring the season 0 for 13,
Arizona 1B Adam LaRoche has gone 5 for 9 with a double and three