Pittsburgh Pirates’ Kevin Newman (27) and Jacob Stallings, center, are greeted by Max Kranick (45) after Newman and Stallings scored towards the Arizona Diamondbacks in the course of the fourth inning of a baseball sport Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)



PHOENIX (AP) — Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho have hit again to again within the lineup for a couple of seasons whereas developing by means of Arizona’s system. But they’d by no means hit consecutive residence runs — till Wednesday.

And they picked an excellent time to do it: within the seventh inning of a tied sport. Smith hit his ninth of the season and Varsho adopted with his second, and the Diamondbacks held on for his or her fourth straight victory, 6-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“It finally happened,” Smith mentioned. “We’ve been doing this for three, four years and always talked about it.”

Smith related on a changeup from Duane Underwood Jr. (2-3) main off the seventh to interrupt a 4-4 tie, and Varsho adopted with a blast to proper towards a fastball.

“They’re not missing the pitches they’re looking for,” Arizona supervisor Torey Lovullo mentioned.

The Diamondbacks could have misplaced their hottest hitter, nonetheless. Lovullo mentioned after the sport that Josh Rojas has a dislocated left pinkie, suffered on a failed steal try within the eighth.

The finger was set again into place and Rojas was having assessments after the sport, Lovullo mentioned. “We’re hoping for the best-case scenario and he’s day to day, but we’ll have to see.”

Rojas, who largely performs second base however has seen time at shortstop and within the outfield, is batting .390 in his final 12 video games for Arizona. He was 2 for 4 with a run scored, a double, a stroll and a stolen base.

Nick Ahmed had three of Arizona’s 12 hits towards six Pirates pitchers.

The Diamondbacks gained their thirtieth sport of the season — towards an MLB-worst 68 losses — and their fourth in a row to match their season-best successful streak. They gained 4 straight from April 18-22, together with three video games at Cincinnati which was their solely earlier sweep of the season.

Brett de Geus (2-0) walked John Nogowski to pressure within the tying run within the seventh after the Pirates loaded the bases on three singles towards Joe Mantiply. But de Geus retired Jacob Stallings on a double play to finish the inning.

“We got out of a bases-loaded jam,” Lovullo mentioned. “It was real nice to see that type of success.”

For the Pirates, a promising run that started with three consecutive wins towards the NL East-leading Mets — capped by a giant comeback on Stallings’ walk-off grand slam final Saturday — has turned bitter.

After scoring six runs within the first towards New York on Sunday, the Pirates ended up shedding 7-6 and now have misplaced 4 straight, the final three to the group with baseball’s worst report. The Pirates now head to San Francisco to play the NL West-leading Giants.

“We’re getting hits, but we’re not capitalizing on the run-scoring opportunities. It’s frustrating,” Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton mentioned.

“We played well that whole Mets series. We’re going have to regroup on Thursday (an off day) because we’re getting ready to play one of the best teams in baseball.”

Varsho, enjoying middle subject after catching Tuesday night time, additionally doubled to start out a two-run fourth.

All-Star Bryan Reynolds had three hits for the Pirates.

Joakim Soria retired the facet so as within the ninth for his sixth save for the Diamondbacks.

Madison Bumgarner went 5 innings for Arizona in his second begin since coming off the injured checklist (left shoulder irritation). He struck out one, walked none and threw 79 pitches earlier than popping out for a pinch hitter. He allowed three runs, however only one earned.

“It was nice to see Bum have another good outing,” Lovullo mentioned. “He could have gone one more, but we had a limit of 90 pitches.”

Max Kranick, pitching on his twenty fourth birthday, began for Pittsburgh after being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier within the week. He lasted three-plus innings, giving up seven hits and 4 runs.


Before the sport, the Diamondbacks reinstated RHP Tyler Clippard from the 60-day injured checklist. The veteran reliever had been out since spring coaching with a sprained proper shoulder. He pitched the sixth inning, permitting a leadoff bunt single to Stallings and retiring the following three, ending it by putting out Jared Oliva.

To make room on the roster, Arizona optioned RHP J.B. Bukauskas to Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks additionally claimed RHP Ty Tice off waivers from Atlanta and optioned him to Reno, and designated LHP Alex Young for task. Young had been optioned to Reno on Monday.


Pirates: Director of sports activities medication Todd Tomczyk mentioned RHP Chase De Jong, who was positioned on the injured checklist after beginning Monday’s sport, had an MRI on his left knee and the group is awaiting outcomes. … LHP Stephen Brault (left lat pressure) continues his rehab task with Triple-A Indianapolis and can get one other begin there, Tomczyk mentioned.

Diamondbacks: 3B Asdrubal Cabrera (strained proper hamstring) performed in an Arizona League sport Tuesday. Lovullo mentioned he’ll get “plenty of at-bats” in rehab earlier than returning to the roster, simply to verify his leg is robust.


Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (3-5, 3.41) begins in San Francisco on Friday.

Diamondbacks: Off Thursday. RHP Zac Gallen (1-4, 3.86) opens the collection towards the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.

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