PIRATES Ty 'the trade deadliner' has a bloody good time
The former Mets player had a home run and scored following a collision as Pittsburgh beat Arizona, 7-1.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Ty Wigginton got a big hit -- and delivered one as well -- for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wigginton homered for the first time as a member of the Pirates and scored another run on a massive collision at the plate to lead Pittsburgh to its fourth straight win, 7-1 over the reeling Arizona Diamondbacks.
Wigginton extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth, drawing a walk from reliever Lance Cormier and then bowling over catcher Koyie Hill on Jose Castillo's double into the right-field corner.
Wigginton lowered his shoulder and drove his head into Hill's jaw, knocking off both the catcher's helmet and mitt. But he missed the plate as the ball sailed untouched to the backstop. Wigginton quickly stood, took two quick steps to touch home and walked to the dugout with blood streaming down the back of his head behind his right ear.
"It's part of the game," said Wigginton, who was 2-for-4 after entering the game 6-for-45 since coming to Pittsburgh from the New York Mets before the trading deadline.
"He was blocking the plate and I felt it was the best way to score and get us another run," he said. "It's too bad he had to get injured."
Hill finished the inning, tagging Castillo to end a 5-2-5-2 rundown for the first out, but left before the top of the fifth -- and X-rays revealed a broken right ankle. He was to be re-evaluated today.
Wigginton remained in the game and drove in a run during the Pirates' three-run fifth that gave Pittsburgh a 6-0 lead. Tike Redman also had an RBI single in the inning, extending his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second when Craig Wilson led off with a homer into the balcony overhanging the center-field wall, and Wigginton hit his first with the Pirates three batters later.
Ryan Vogelsong (4-9) scattered six hits over seven innings for the Pirates, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. He allowed one run and struck out four in his longest outing since May 8 against Los Angeles, a span of 11 starts and 16 appearances.
"I was just trying to get ahead and make them put the ball in play," Vogelsong said. "The defense played well behind me. They hit the ball hard but they were able to suck them up."
Luis Terrero hit his first major league homer for the Diamondbacks, who lost their sixth straight at home and have dropped 16 of 17 overall. Arizona is 7-35 under interim manager Al Pedrique.
Stephen Randolph (2-3) pitched three innings in his first major league start for Arizona after 89 straight relief appearances. He allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked three.
"It was fair at best," Randolph said, grading his start. "I got deep in some counts, left some balls over the plate and put our team in a hole early."
Terrero's homer in the fifth off Vogelsong made it 6-1.
Rob Mackowiak hit a pinch-hit RBI triple in the eighth for the Pirates.