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Snyder's four RBI lead first-place Diamondbacks past Bucs

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PHOENIX -- Byung-Hyun Kim shrugged off the rude reception he got in his return to Arizona and promised he would do better next time.

At least, he said, the Diamondbacks came back to win.

Chris Snyder drove in four runs, two on a home run, and Arizona overcame Kim's difficult outing for a 10-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

"No, no," Kim said when asked whether the boos bothered him. "Better than New York."

Mark Reynolds tripled in a run and had an RBI single in the Diamondbacks' 14th win in 17 games. Arizona boosted its NL West lead to two games over second-place San Diego, a 2-1 loser at St. Louis.

Pittsburgh's Adam LaRoche went 4-for-5, including an RBI ground-rule double that cut the lead to 9-6 in the eighth. Jose Valverde came on to get the final out of the eighth, on Jason Bay's deep fly out to center, then threw a perfect ninth for his 34th save in 39 attempts.

Kim, the Diamondbacks closer from 1999 through 2001, was acquired off waivers from Florida last week. He was booed when introduced and lasted just 2 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. He struck out three, walked one and hit a batter.

The jeers were even louder as Kim trotted off the mound for the night.

"I didn't feel good today," he said. "Today my fastball, slider, everything wasn't good. I guarantee next time I'll be better."

Snyder is hitting .328 (19-for-58) with four home runs and 14 RBI in July and August.

"I feel good right now," the Diamondbacks catcher said. "Everybody has his ups and downs. When you're up, you try to hold on to it as long as you can, and when you're down, you try to get out of it as quick as you can. I'm just trying to stay as even-keeled as possible."

The 3½-hour game featured 21 hits and 14 walks -- seven by each team.

"It wasn't the prettiest game in the world, obviously," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said.

Pirates starter Paul Maholm (7-14) allowed four runs in the first inning, then his throwing error cleared the way for two unearned runs in the sixth.

Chris Young singled and Orlando Hudson put down what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt. Maholm missed the tag on Hudson, though, then threw wildly to first. The runners advanced to second and third, and Eric Byrnes' infield single brought in the tying run. Justin Upton walked to load the bases, then a two-out walk to Snyder put Arizona ahead 6-5.

Reynolds' RBI single and Snyder's two-run homer off Salomon Torres in the seventh made it 9-5.

"He's really come of age," Melvin said of Snyder. "He understands opposition. The pitchers know he's prepared. The offense is secondary, even though it doesn't look like it right now, and he's become a bit of a leader as well."

Tracy credited the defense of Young, Arizona's speedy rookie center fielder, who made three big plays, including a pair of catches after long runs.

"Basically, with his glove he saved five runs," Tracy said.

Edgar Gonzalez (5-2) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to get the victory.

The teams combined for six runs in a 30-minute first inning that ended with Arizona up 4-2.

Pittsburgh went back on top, 5-4, and ended Kim's night in the third. Nathan McLouth homered to lead off the inning. Freddy Sanchez and LaRoche singled, and Bay was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ryan Doumit singled in the tying run, and that was it for Kim.

Notes

  • The roof was open for an August game for only the second time at Chase Field.
  • The Diamondbacks are facing left-handed starters five out of six games during this homestand.
  • Upton, at 19 the youngest player in the majors, has three errors in six games since being called up last week.
 
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Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder combine for four hits, three runs and six RBI in the D-Backs win.  (AP)
Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder combine for four hits, three runs and six RBI in the D-Backs win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. LaRoche
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Arizona

C. Snyder
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF4111011 .229
Cesar Izturis, 3B-SS4110101 .249
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4221102 .297
Adam LaRoche, 1B5141001 .251
Jason Bay, LF4010013 .257
Ryan Doumit, RF4011102 .278
Ronny Paulino, C4001111 .240
Jack Wilson, SS2000201 .264
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Phelps, PH1000000 .276
Paul Maholm, P3000026 .178
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Jose Bautista, 3B0100100 .262
Totals35610575  
a-flied out for Osoria in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (26, Slaten)
3B - Cesar Izturis (1, Kim)
HR - Nate McLouth (5, Kim)
RBI - Nate McLouth (18), Freddy Sanchez (41), Adam LaRoche (61), Ryan Doumit (31), Ronny Paulino (35)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (22)
CS - Cesar Izturis (1, 2nd base by Kim/Snyder), Ryan Doumit (2, 2nd base by E. Gonzalez/Snyder)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
E - Paul Maholm (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (L,7-14) 5764430 4.59
John Grabow 1000100 4.46
Salomon Torres 1233121 5.27
Franquelis Osoria 1211110 9.00
IBB - Ojeda by Paul Maholm, by Upton
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 106-57, John Grabow 17-8, Salomon Torres 27-15, Franquelis Osoria 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-5, John Grabow 2-0, Salomon Torres 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 26, John Grabow 3, Salomon Torres 6, Franquelis Osoria 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4210102 .239
Orlando Hudson, 2B4230000 .293
Eric Byrnes, LF4112113 .301
Conor Jackson, 1B4111002 .265
    Tony Clark, 1B1011000 .229
Justin Upton, RF4000124 .333
Mark Reynolds, 3B4222023 .257
Chris Snyder, C3124100 .247
Augie Ojeda, SS2000103 .255
    Joe Kennedy, P0000000 .333
    Tony Pena, P1000010 .250
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Byung-Hyun Kim, P1000002 .050
    Edgar Gonzalez, P1000000 .214
    Stephen Drew, SS0100200 .236
Totals3310111076  
Batting
2B - Chris Snyder (9, Maholm)
3B - Mark Reynolds (4, Maholm)
HR - Chris Snyder (10, Torres)
SH - Orlando Hudson (5)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (66), Conor Jackson (36), Tony Clark (29), Mark Reynolds 2 (34), Chris Snyder 4 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Clark (13), Mark Reynolds 2 (18), Chris Snyder 4 (10)
SB - Chris Young (18, 3rd base off Maholm/Paulino), Orlando Hudson 2 (5, 2nd base off Maholm/Paulino, 3rd base off Maholm/Paulino), Eric Byrnes (29, 2nd base off Maholm/Paulino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Drew-Jackson
E - Joe Kennedy (5, Throwing), Justin Upton (3, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Byung-Hyun Kim 2.1754131 4.93
Edgar Gonzalez (W,5-2) 2.2200310 5.15
Joe Kennedy (H,1) 1000000 4.27
Tony Pena (H,22) 1.2011310 2.07
Doug Slaten0100000 2.22
Jose Valverde (S,34) 1.1000000 2.72
IBB - J. Wilson by Edgar Gonzalez
HBP - Bay (by Byung-Hyun Kim), McLouth (by Joe Kennedy)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 61-36, Edgar Gonzalez 47-28, Joe Kennedy 17-10, Tony Pena 33-15, Doug Slaten 7-4, Jose Valverde 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 2-1, Edgar Gonzalez 3-3, Joe Kennedy 3-0, Jose Valverde 1-3
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 15, Edgar Gonzalez 12, Joe Kennedy 4, Tony Pena 8, Doug Slaten 1, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23082
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Doug Eddings