Arizona 6, Pittsburgh 3

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, August 9, 2012 4:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 81°
Umpires - Home Plate - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Larry Vanover,
Attendance - 20558

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Arizona 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 6 10 1
Pittsburgh 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 57-55 30-24 27-31 W1
Pittsburgh 63-48 35-18 28-30 L1

Recap


Diamondbacks 6, Pirates 3: Jason Kubel hit a pair of two-run homers and Joe Saunders continued his strong pitching on the road with seven solid innings as visiting Arizona salvaged a four-game split with Pittsburgh. 

Wil Nieves hit a go-ahead two-run homer in his Arizona debut as the Diamondbacks kept Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez winless in a Pittsburgh uniform and pulled within four games of National League West-leading San Francisco.

The Pirates, who lost for just the sixth time in their last 28 home games, fell three games behind NL Central leader Cincinnati, which was scheduled to face the Chicago Cubs on the road Thursday night.

Saunders (6-8) entered the game with the National League's third-best road ERA at 2.48, and he kept up his strong pitching away from home. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits to beat the Pirates for the second time this season. 

Rodriguez (7-11) allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings in his third start since being acquired from Houston and his home debut for Pittsburgh. He surrendered Kubel's blast in the first and Nieves' go-ahead shot in the sixth.

Kubel launched his second homer of the day - his 25th of the season - into the bullpen in left-center against Jared Hughes in the seventh. 

J.J. Putz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 21st save. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Nieves was claimed off waivers from Colorado on Monday. … Saunders has lasted at least six innings in 16 of his 19 starts this season, including nine straight. He has recorded a quality start in nine of his 10 road starts. … Rodriguez has lost seven of his last eight decisions. … Pirates C Michael McKenry extended his hit streak to nine games with an RBI single in the second. … Diamondbacks utility man Willie Bloomquist (back) was a late scratch. 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Arizona   Pittsburgh
Joe Saunders Player Wandy Rodriguez
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 6.0
3 Strikeouts 2
7 Hits 7
2.57 ERA 6.00
Hitting
Arizona   Pittsburgh
Aaron Hill Player Gaby Sanchez
3 Hits 3
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 3
.600 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Arizona 10 3 21 .270 12 4 6 2 0 1
Pittsburgh 8 0 10 .229 14 6 3 0 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against San Diego. The Pirates have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against Washington. The Diamondbacks have a W/L % of .526 after a win and .491 after a loss.