Pirates’ offense finally gets going in Arizona
The offense finally had a good night. So did the bullpen.
That combination for the Pirates was enough to overcome the early departure of starter Wandy Rodriguez as Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday.
Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider each had two RBIs and Garrett Jones homered for the Pirates, who had managed just eight runs in their first six games.
McCutchen doubled in a run in a three-run first inning and broke a 3-all tie with his sacrifice fly after Starling Marte’s leadoff triple in the fifth.
“It’s good, man,” McCutchen said. “We’re a ballclub that’s capable of doing that. Once we get going, we’ll get going. We got on the board early, we fizzled out a little bit, then we got an extra run. We’re still capable of doing more, but this is a good start.”
Marte, who was 2 for 4 with two runs, and McCutchen make for an exciting pair, manager Clint Hurdle said.
“They’re fun to watch at the plate,” he said, “and they’re fun to watch on the bases.”
Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) got the victory in relief of Rodriguez, who left after 21/3 innings because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Trevor Cahill (0-2) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings for the Diamondbacks, who had won four in a row and were coming off a three-game sweep at Milwaukee.
“He didn’t throw the ball where he wanted to at all,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “He walked a couple of guys, he hit a guy, he was behind. The triple that Marte got was a 2-0 pitch. He didn’t throw the ball good at all, not hitting his location, so they got on us. We can’t score five runs every night.”
Alfredo Marte drove in a run for Arizona with his first major league hit.
Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt had a sacrifice fly, giving him an RBI in a career-best five straight games, but the Diamondbacks didn’t get a hit in the last five innings. Justin Wilson threw three innings of hitless relief before Mark Melancon and Grilli closed it out.
Wilson was the most impressive.
“Prado-Hill-Goldschmidt, that’s a litmus test for any left-hander,” Hurdle said. “That’s the most velocity I’ve seen him have and his breaking ball was good. He’s going 98 (mph), 79 (mph), and throwing strikes. Not a single three-ball count.”
The Pirates, who hadn’t won since opening day, got to Cahill in a hurry.
Starling Marte opened the game with a single, then scored when McCutchen doubled down the left-field line.