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Cota singles in winning run as Pirates end 10-game skid

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates went through two managers and a pair of 12-inning games in three days before finally ending a record-tying home losing streak.

Humberto Cota singled home the winning run in the 12th, and the Pirates overcame Tony Clark's two homers and five RBI to end a 10-game home losing streak with an 8-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

"This feels really good, because we didn't want to break that record," Cota said.

The Pirates lost 10 in a row at home for only the second time in their 119-season history and the first time since 1968. Their first victory in Pete Mackanin's three games as interim manager since replacing the fired Lloyd McClendon also ended a six-game overall losing streak.

"Hopefully, this relaxes everyone and we can start playing better ball," Mackanin said.

With a 56-83 record, they can't play much worse.

Pittsburgh was within two outs of losing following Clark's second homer, a three-run go-ahead drive in the ninth, when Jason Bay hit a tying two-run shot -- his 26th -- in the bottom of the inning off Tim Worrell. Worrell blew his third save in four opportunities.

In the top of the inning, Jose Mesa blew his third consecutive save opportunity by giving up Clark's 25th homer. Clark also hit a two-run drive in the first off Josh Fogg during his 17th career multihomer game.

"The goal is to shake hands at the end of the day," Clark said of his big day in a losing cause. "If it's a 5-for-5 that does it or a 0-for-5, it doesn't matter."

After the Pirates couldn't score with the bases loaded in the 11th, Rob Mackowiak singled off Buddy Groom (0-1), Arizona's seventh pitcher, to start the 12th and moved up on Freddy Sanchez's sacrifice bunt. Cota, who doubled in a run in the eighth, then singled to center to give Pittsburgh its first home victory since Aug. 23.

"It's good to finally win a game -- it seems like it's a lot longer than it's actually been," Bay said.

The Pirates came back from deficits of 2-0, 4-3, and 7-5. Rick White (4-6) pitched a scoreless 12th for the victory.

"We've got to find a way to win that game," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "We had a lot of opportunities to win that game, more opportunities than they did."

Right-hander Dustin Nippert made his major-league debut for Arizona 14 months after having reconstructive elbow surgery, but couldn't hold a 2-0 lead supplied by Clark's first homer. Nippert, who had a Double-A Southern League-best 2.38 ERA at Tennessee before being promoted, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.

Nippert had a chance for the win, which would have delighted the estimated 200 fans in attendance from his nearby hamlet of Beallsville, Ohio -- almost half the village's population of 443.

"They brought three or four school buses," Nippert said. "But, hey, it's not that big of a town."

Nippert was lifted after five innings because of a torn fingernail on his right index finger that prevented him from properly gripping his curve ball. He left with a 4-3 lead following Luis Terrero's two-run homer on the first pitch thrown by reliever Brian Meadows in the sixth, but Craig Wilson's homer off reliever Greg Aquino tied it in the bottom of the sixth.

Wilson's homer was his second of the season and his first since May 3 during an injury-interrupted season in which he has twice spent long stretches on the disabled list with hand injuries. He had a team-high 29 homers last season.

Nippert had to persevere just to get to the majors. He and twin brother, Derik, also a pitcher in Arizona's farm system, were involved in serious auto accident in 1999. Four years later, Nippert developed a large tumor on the back of his right shoulder, but it proved to be benign. He had the elbow operation last year.

Notes

  • The Pirates had lost 11 of 12.
  • Fogg has allowed 27 homers in 28 starts. He left after Chad Tracy singled off his right hand in the sixth, but an MRI exam didn't reveal any injury.
  • Diamondbacks OF Luis Gonzalez was expected to miss a second consecutive game with flu-like symptoms, but entered in the ninth during a double switch.
  • Nippert has allowed only 10 homers in four pro seasons.
  • Nippert's mother, a school aide, sold 100 tickets to the game herself.
  • The Diamondbacks won 4-2 in 12 innings Monday night.
 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

H. Cota
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

T. Clark
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B6230002 .269
Alex Cintron, SS4000004 .258
    Royce Clayton, SS1000010 .263
Shawn Green, RF4120201 .294
Tony Clark, 1B6225014 .308
Troy Glaus, 3B5010120 .261
Chad Tracy, LF5130011 .287
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   a- Russ Ortiz, PH0000000 .233
    Kelly Stinnett, C0000000 .277
Luis Terrero, CF6112013 .243
Chris Snyder, C3000221 .203
   b- Conor Jackson, PH1000001 .222
    Buddy Groom, P0000000 .000
Dustin Nippert, P1000111 .000
   c- Quinton McCracken, PH1010000 .234
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .200
   d- Andy Green, PH1000000 .125
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Luis Gonzalez, LF1000011 .272
Totals45713761019 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Lyon in the 12th
b-fouled out for Snyder in the 12th
c-singled for Nippert in the 6th
d-fouled out for Cormier in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (31, Fogg), Shawn Green (33, Fogg), Troy Glaus (29, White)
HR - Tony Clark 2 (25, Fogg, Mesa), Luis Terrero (4, Meadows)
SH - Alex Cintron (2), Russ Ortiz (6)
RBI - Tony Clark 5 (74), Luis Terrero 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Clark 2 (34)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Cintron-Clark, Cintron-Counsell
E - Troy Glaus (22, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dustin Nippert 5533220 5.40
Greg Aquino (BS,2) 1211111 9.12
Lance Cormier 1000000 5.53
Brandon Medders 1111210 2.01
Tim Worrell (BS,3) 1121001 5.15
Brandon Lyon 2000300 6.00
Buddy Groom (L,1-1) 0.1211000 5.26
IBB - Bay by Brandon Lyon
HBP - F. Sanchez (by Dustin Nippert)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Nippert 70-48, Greg Aquino 14-9, Lance Cormier 7-6, Brandon Medders 21-11, Tim Worrell 31-20, Brandon Lyon 32-15, Buddy Groom 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Nippert 5-7, Lance Cormier 1-2, Brandon Medders 1-1, Tim Worrell 3-1, Brandon Lyon 3-3, Buddy Groom 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin Nippert 22, Greg Aquino 5, Lance Cormier 3, Brandon Medders 6, Tim Worrell 5, Brandon Lyon 9, Buddy Groom 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF5231000 .229
Jack Wilson, SS6122001 .244
Jason Bay, LF3112301 .296
Daryle Ward, 1B3000003 .266
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .500
   a- Tike Redman, PH1000000 .253
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Doumit, PH1000000 .250
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   c- Ty Wigginton, PH0000100 .238
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
Craig Wilson, RF5211113 .265
Rob Mackowiak, 3B4110210 .276
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4110012 .277
Humberto Cota, C6022001 .240
Josh Fogg, P2000001 .106
    Brian Meadows, P0000000 .000
    Brad Eldred, 1B2000113 .220
Totals4281188415 
a-flied out for Torres in the 8th
b-grounded out for Mesa in the 9th
c-walked for Gonzalez in the 11th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth 2 (4, Nippert, Nippert), Humberto Cota (16, Medders)
HR - Jason Bay (26, Worrell), Craig Wilson (2, Aquino)
SH - Nate McLouth (2), Freddy Sanchez (2)
RBI - Nate McLouth (5), Jack Wilson 2 (45), Jason Bay 2 (76), Craig Wilson (12), Humberto Cota 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (1), Jack Wilson 2 (23), Humberto Cota (17)
SB - Jack Wilson (4, 2nd base off Nippert/Snyder)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-Ward, F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-Eldred
Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Fogg 5.1733241 4.97
Brian Meadows (BS,2) 0.1211001 4.96
John Grabow 1.1100210 3.56
Salomon Torres 1000010 3.14
Jose Mesa (BS,6) 1233111 4.83
Mike Gonzalez 2000130 3.46
Rick White (W,4-6) 1100000 3.42
IBB - Green by Jose Mesa
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 85-55, Brian Meadows 7-4, John Grabow 26-14, Salomon Torres 9-6, Jose Mesa 23-15, Mike Gonzalez 31-17, Rick White 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 4-7, John Grabow 2-0, Jose Mesa 2-0, Mike Gonzalez 3-0, Rick White 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 24, Brian Meadows 3, John Grabow 6, Salomon Torres 3, Jose Mesa 6, Mike Gonzalez 7, Rick White 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10984
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Paul Schrieber