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

comfort level.

Jackson, Chris Young and Kelly Johnson all homered in the big

inning to send the Diamondbacks over the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-6

Sunday.

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

homers.

“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

RBIs.

“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

scored.

“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

the Yankees.

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

mess.”

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

McCutchen.

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

League.

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

a triple.

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

RBIs.