Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 5
The Pirates couldn’t find a way to get to Daniel Hudson.
They patiently waited Hudson out, then quickly pounced on what
had been a reliable Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen.
Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double to cap a five-run eighth
inning and the Pirates rallied for an 8-5 win over Arizona on
”Hudson pitched a pretty good game for them today, they got a
new guy in there, and we were able to jump on him,” said Andrew
McCutchen, who scored his third run in the eighth. ”We didn’t give
up; we just kept battling.”
Arizona was in position for its seventh consecutive road win
after Hudson allowed only one earned run through seven innings, but
Daniel Hernandez (2-2) did not retire any of the six batters he
faced in the eighth.
Jose Tabata had an RBI double and Josh Harrison an RBI single
before Overbay’s line drive to right-center with the bases
”Nightmarish would be one word you could use to describe (the
eighth inning),” acting Arizona manager Alan Trammell said.
”Momentum is a wonderful thing if you’re on the good side of it.
They got the momentum going in that inning and we tried to minimize
the damage but we couldn’t.”
The Diamondbacks lost for the first time in 25 games this season
when leading after seven innings.
Juan Miranda had a home run among his career-high four hits,
Kelly Johnson homered and had three RBIs and Chris Young also
homered for Arizona.
After pinch-hitter Garrett Jones, Tabata and Harrison had hits
to start the eighth, Xavier Paul reached on a sacrifice bunt.
Hernandez walked McCutchen on four pitches and went 3-0 on
”It was a matter of not putting away the first hitter and not
getting them to swing and miss,” Hernandez said. ”I don’t worry
about command. When you’re throwing 93, 94, 95, you just have to
throw it over the plate and, a lot of times, they aren’t going to
hit it. Tonight, they hit it.”
Overbay entered the game with four hits in his previous eight at
bats but was 0 for 3 against Hudson. His double was his 299th in
”We had some great at bats to lead up to that,” Overbay said,
”and I got into a count where he’s got to throw a strike, so I
took advantage of it.”
Chris Resop (2-1) struck out Ryan Roberts to end the top of the
eighth, and Joel Hanrahan had two strikeouts working a perfect
ninth for his 15th save in as many opportunities.
Hudson was charged with three hits and one walk. He had seven
strikeouts and retired 12 of the final 13 he faced. But with his
pitch count at 105, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the
That decision was made by Trammell, the bench coach who managed
the Diamondbacks while Kirk Gibson served a one-game
”(Hudson) did a good job of battling back from a rough start to
the game, but we thought seven innings was enough,” Trammell said.
”We wanted to go to Hernandez and then to (closer J.J. Putz) and
hope it was a D-Back win, but it did not happen that way.”
Reliever Esmerling Vasquez retired all three batters he faced
after relieving Hernandez in the eighth – available because he is
appealing his own three-game suspension after he was judged to have
been throwing at hitters in Sunday’s game against the Washington
Nationals after both teams had been warned.
All three of Arizona’s home runs were solo shots. Johnson
homered for the second consecutive game, giving him a team-high 12,
in the first. Miranda’s was his sixth, leading off a three-run
fifth that also included a two-run double by Johnson.
When Young hit his 11th home run to left to lead off the eighth,
it appeared the Diamondbacks were on their way to another win,
their 19th in 24 games. Instead, they have a two-game losing
”Shows you how quickly things can change in a game,” Harrison
After giving up three runs on five hits in the fifth, Pirates
starter Kevin Correia’s evening was over. He was charged with four
runs and eight hits. Correia failed in his attempt to take over
sole possession of the majors lead in victories with nine.
”Obviously, it’s nice I’m getting a lot of wins,” Correia
said. ”But as long as we’re winning the game, that’s my job.”
Notes: Chris Snyder had a pair of sacrifice flies for
Pittsburgh. … The announced attendance was 12,378 in the first
Pirates game since an average of more than 36,000 came to each of
three weekend games against the Philadelphia Phillies. … Both
teams selected UCLA right-handed pitchers among the first three
picks of the draft on Monday.